41" spalted Mapple log... How to cut and transport?

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Forum topic by PJwood posted 01-29-2017 03:54 PM 1709 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2017 03:54 PM

Hi I have this big log (for me). I cut in 7’ segments but still to heavy for my Kubota 3450 to even move. Besides my Woodmizer will only cut 28”.
I saw Hal technique of splitting a big oak with a car Jack (clever!!). Anyone had done that in a spalted mapple? Oak splits pretty straight… What about Mapple?
I thought I would do a kerf with the chainsaw (only 20”) to help guide the splitting.
Any advices?

-- Delicately crafted firewood specialist

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 07:48 PM

are you looking to slab it or turn it into dimensional boards

this sounds like a good excuse to get an Alaskan chainsaw mill set up for slabs :)

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 08:23 PM

I’m assuming you aren’t trying to get slabs with two live edges. If that is the case, you should be able to freehand rip cut the log with your chainsaw.

I have only a 20” bar on my chainsaw so my approach would likely be to trim a little off the log, creating a flat, flip it over and make another flat parallel to the first. That would reduce the thickness by a few inches allowing me to get my 20” bar past the center by a little so I could cut the log into two halves.

Alternatively you might want to just do rip cuts with the chainsaw to square up the log enough to fit it into your 28” woodmizer

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#3 posted 01-30-2017 01:21 AM

hi Avsmusic, well i am happy with whatever i can extract. I got some nice live edges from the branches already. I tried an Alaska Chainsaw years ago and was not really good at it.

Williams: thanks that is a great tip ! I had not though of that! I was just going to quarter it in the middle and then divide each half in to.

Has anyone tried to kerf and split such a big log ?

-- Delicately crafted firewood specialist

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#4 posted 01-30-2017 01:49 AM

Good luck. Spalted Maple is one of my favorites. I’d do like William suggested. Good luck with the maple.

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#5 posted 01-31-2017 02:09 AM

two ways I know of.



#1 seems time consuming, but a classic.
  1. 2 looks like a good ole hold my beer and watch me piss off the neighbors kind of time.
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#6 posted 01-31-2017 04:02 AM

#1 is impressive! Those guys are skilled and patient! But at the rate they use the wood it must take a forest to make their Viking boat! #2 looks fun, but not for me, not sure they can make it into boards.

Williams technique sounds the best!

-- Delicately crafted firewood specialist

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