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Forum topic by Karda posted 07-24-2019 10:46 PM 365 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2019 10:46 PM

Hi I found another challenging log. The challenge is how to get the max amount from it, its about 9 inches in diameter, but there are 3 piths and a branch from one side. I know how I want to cut it just not sure if it is the best way. Any ideas thanks Mike

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#1 posted 07-24-2019 11:07 PM

well you need to tell us what kind of wood it is and what you intend to do with it.bowls,pens etc…

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 07-24-2019 11:14 PM

I’m not sure I think it might be some kind of maple heres a pic of leaves. I do mostly bowls, plates if I can get the wood

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#3 posted 07-24-2019 11:44 PM

I would split it lengthwise…..probably along that cleft shown in the second photo. I usually cut mine with a chain saw but a axe or shingle fro would work if you are careful. Depending on what you find inside it may give you two small bowls. The side limb probably won’t add any thing to the main piece but you might get a tooth pick holder out of it as a separate piece.

It is maple, variety unknown.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 07-25-2019 02:16 AM

if I split it along the cleft it will leave pith in both parts, if I cut out the pith it will leave barck inclusion in both parts. Which is the more preferable

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#5 posted 07-26-2019 12:09 AM

Slice it lengthwise with 2 cuts to remove the pith. Basically slice a 1-2” slab out of the middle. I would probably do it so that it removed most of the branch too. Don’t throw the slab away. Cut the 1-2” (the pit) out of the middle of that slab and you wind up with 2 nice quartersawn pieces for some other project or to cut into spindles for turning.

-- 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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#6 posted 07-26-2019 04:36 AM

thats what I did except I cut the branch off first. I didn’t line the branch up with the pith. the grain balance put it of the the side. To better square that blank I lost some depth but I still got a good blank. This wood is going to produce some very clear turnings. Thanks for all your suggestions Mike

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