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Forum topic by PJwood posted 02-14-2017 04:39 AM 618 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2017 04:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cookies axial cuts sawmill sled

I wanted to make cookies from a 22” branch of maple. I am familiar Gene Wengert suggestion of making cuts in 2 adjacent cookies and use the second cookie to fill the shrinking gap from the first. But the unpredictability of where the crack will appear makes this a little difficult.

I was thinking of trying the following:
1) take a cylindrical section and orient it perpendicular to the normal alignment of the saw,
2) center the blade on the pith and make a cut up to the pith, probably the cut will have to be off-center for logs too big to fit between the blade and blade carriage
3) back out the blade and
4) clamp the section vertical and make the cookies.

I guessed this would need some serious clamping but it would allow all the cookies to dry with a predictable split. So the cookies will split precisely and the left side of cookie “two” can be used to fill the crack of cookie “one”, while the right side of the crack of cookie “two” can be used to fill the crack of cookie “three”. Well at least in theory :)

Well it worked. A little iffy to clamp but doable.

I missed the pith by just a little bit.

The longitudinal sawing produces “angel hair” shavings that rapidly clogged the chute, but this was a rather short cut (12” deep, 24” wide).

Then the cookies are sliced the usual vertical way:

The cookies look great, I will know in a few weeks if they develop cracks elsewhere than on the prescribed cut.

I guess this is an “episiotomy” for cookies :)

-- Delicately crafted firewood specialist

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 04:15 AM

I will be interested know if this works. While I have not done anything on that scale, I have had smaller logs develop splits even after they are cut in half.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 01:07 PM

Interesting experiment. I wonder if it might be better to cut the cookies in half, and then glue them back as if “bookmarked”... Or maybe even quartered… Keep us posted.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 05:33 PM

thats a fine cookie, and an idea that just may work..

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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