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Posted on slicing with a chainsaw

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#1 posted 04-04-2018 08:04 PM

As you said the problem of cutting this piece with any saw is how to hold it firmly enough to be safe during the cutting process. I have made cuts similar to that with a chain saw but I had it well clamped to a bench and proceeded carefully. You might try clamping it between the top bar of two saw horses (if you have them) or something similar. I have one of those Black & Decker portable work benches with a the two halves that clamp together and I would use that.
When I split log sections like that I usually look for early stage cracks and try to follow them with the cut.

If you are just trying to stop or remove the crack that is developing try filling it with thick CA glue (at least the lower part) Then take it off when you turn the piece on the lathe. With the angle the crack is taking, even if you remove the current visible part, it may continue with further drying. I would start rough turning it soon so it can dry without the stress in the wood.

For safety purposes I like the hand plane idea the best to just remove the crack.

-- Les B, Oregon

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