Best tool for big non-right-cuts? (Non chainsaw).

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Forum topic by alexio posted 11-23-2014 07:22 AM 981 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2014 07:22 AM

Hi. I want to make a couple of the objects pictured. I’ve been using a handheld electric plane after using a chainsaw to get a rough shape. Does anyone have a better idea of how I could make these? (A better tool?) The objects can end up being a foot and a half tall (but I do make them smaller sometimes)

and I generally make them from tree trunks. I was thinking of buying a 12” miter saw but I’m not sure this would even work. I’m open to buying any kind of tool and I’d appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you!

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#1 posted 11-23-2014 08:15 AM

What is the object for? The only tool that comes to mind is a really big bandsaw? Or a big bowsaw?

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#2 posted 11-23-2014 08:50 AM

A two man cross cut saw (misery whip) would do that.
a chain saw as you already know.

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#3 posted 11-23-2014 01:55 PM

Maybe a recipating saw with a large tree trimming type blade.

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 02:09 PM

Looks like an ‘object de arte’. I made a bunch of smaller ones similar to that when I first started my business just because I could. I never had the inclination to sell them, and still have the ones I didn’t give away. Used them as paper weights.
The band saw would be your best bet. The best you’ll get with a 12 miter saw is about 5”. With either saw, that first cut will be the one you have to be carefull with. After that, you’ll have flat surfaces to index off of.
A large disc sander would help out a lot once you got your edges cut…........ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 11-23-2014 02:30 PM

A GIANT belt sander. Like 2’ wide. Set a fence across it, lay the trunk on it, flip the switch and walk away for about 30 minutes. When you come back, you’ll have a big flat side. Flip it around and do it again.

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 02:07 AM

If you were making it from metal you could use a 3 axis vise to position the various angles and planes and make passes with a face mill to establish the facets. I’ve included a link to a Wilton one for inspiration.

Bolt the vise on the bed of a band mill and re-position and make cuts until it fits your inspiration. It wold probably take a lug lagged to the bottom of the piece and held by the vise.
This could probably be smoothed using a router jig similar to what you would use to surface a table to do do the finishing but your portable planer may be just as fast.

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