Scarf Log Table July #1: Scarf Joint Log Table

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Blog entry by danzaland posted 07-13-2009 04:43 PM 3999 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was able to grab a log off the side of the road that was about 3 feet long and 13 inches across. I wanted to make something out of it. I had seen a scarf joint bench made by a person who had taken the Timberframing course at The College of the Rockies a session or two before me. I wanted to try it. So here is the log.
Orignal log

I first started by peeling all the bark off and then set about getting end lines on the log. I knew I wanted the table to taper from the middle out to both sides, so I drew those lines in. Using the Logosol Timberjig, a ripping chain, and my underpowered Poulon chainsaw, I ripped the log.
The Sawn Log 01

I highly recommend buying the guide rails, or even the full mill set-up. You can probably see I am off on the lines I wanted cut.

More pictures:
The Sawn Log 02

The Sawn Log 03

From there I began the layout and cutting of the scarf joint on one piece. It did take a few layout attempts to get the size and dimension I wanted, but I like what I have now. It took plenty of work. I am sure many will have tips on ways to draw a straight line around a round log and the like, but I “went to war with the army I had”, to quote Donny Rumsfeld.

All I used was a Dewalt Circular saw, a Stanley Hand saw, a Japanese pull saw and my Chisel and mallet from my former job as a timberframer.

Here is the first piece cut. Ain’t it DAMN SEXY???
Scarf piece 01

I have since cut the second piece fitted them together. Pictures will be forth coming soon. The joint on the visible side looked nice. Then I looked at the bottom. Holy Grand Canyon Batman! So I have some work to do to fix it and make it so the pieces touch in more than 3 points. Work continues!

-- I don't know what God is. But I know what He ISN'T - Jordan Maxwell

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#1 posted 07-13-2009 05:22 PM

Very interesting, thanks for the post.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 07-13-2009 05:45 PM

i use a sawzall to fit these joints
nice concept .
keep us posted

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-13-2009 09:57 PM

Very nice so far. Will be curious to see the rest to see how it goes together. To be honest, I’m not sure what i am looking yet at in the last picture.
Never mnd the grand canyon, post a pic anyway so we can see how it supposed to go together.
I suppose like any hand cut joint, practice brings mastery.
My log building teachers would have used chainsaws for the bulk of the work and hand chisels to finish. Ok, they are not purists but they are fast.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 07-15-2009 05:02 PM

Youve got a fair amounr of work ahead of you .Look forward to an update.


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