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Cutting logs to length

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by brakatak, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. brakatak

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    i had a huge Oak (50' +) taken down by a buddy who climbed it... looking at my pile now, most logs are about 20"-24" lengths. so i need to get these down to 16-18" lengths for the stove. what is best method to cut slices off these? or to keep the log stable? I been cutting them but they seem to roll alot which is probably not too safe. im comforatable with a chainsaw but not an expert by any means.

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  2. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    I cut my after splitting......made out of scrap wood I had......if it's real long, you can stick out both sides and cut into thirds..
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  3. Backwoods Savage

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    Similar to Beer Belly's, I've even used a milk crate, Stuff it full then wrap a ratchet strap around the wood. Turn crate on side and one cut you have a bunch done. If not milk crate or something similar, it doesn't take long to make something. We've even done several on a sawbuck and if you have help, it saves a lot of time. One person holding the wood with the other running the saw you can cut a lot of wood in a short period of time.
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  4. Paulywalnut

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    I lay down 4 or 5 log lengths on the ground and use them as a cutting surface for cutting off slices. logs on the ground must be big enough not to roll of course. That's if you have to do it all yourself.
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    I think your friend needs a bit of re-training with the tape measure. :)
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    Two cinder blocks and my foot. Not fun for the back. Actually planning on making a sawbuck while on vacation and getting all my limbs cut up here soon.
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  7. brakatak

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    some good ideas here. thansk. i'll have to rig something up.
  8. brakatak

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    I asked him to cut the logs in 16-18" lengths... he said when he's at the top of the trees, he's just cutting what he can, and not measuring. I guess i dont blame him. i wouldnt want to be climbing up there with a chainsaw.
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  9. brakatak

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    Built a sawbuck. Makes cutting so much better... and great on the back. Huge fan. Thx for the ideas to get me going on this.

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  10. Locust Post

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    Looks good and much easier on the back, plus lots safer than cutting on the ground and not worrying about kick back if you hit the nose of the saw.
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    Sawbuck is the way to go, sometimes I stack a bunch up and bungee them down.
  12. ScotO

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    Well done on the sawbuck.....if you keep getting oddball rounds from your buddy, it will get lots of use over the years....;)
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