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  • Slabbing some IPIL logs w/ a chainsaw

    A few years back I posted in another topic of cutting a medium size Ipil-Ipil tree
    felled by a typhoon. I finally did the task early this year and just be sharing it to you now.
    It took me a while to do the job since my old McCulloch power saw engine was having some trouble already. So I guess it was time to look for one heavy duty power saw as replacement.

    Started just cutting some other dead or fallen Ipil trees around the property to be used as fire wood. Got me thinking, seems if I try to mill this logs, I might get good Ipil slabs out of this tree/s and possibly make something like benches or tables or whatever for the garden.




    The insides or core of this cut pieces of Ipil-ipil still seems to be fine and solid.
    It would seem if I just cut them for fire wood, sayang naman.







    This is just one whole Ipil trunk that I divided into three lengths, 8 feet, 6 feet and 4 feet.
    And with the last pic, I started working on the log, letting the saw do its job.
    Last edited by rosy; 10-16-2017, 04:04 AM.
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    Forgot to take pics of the other log, just went on after finishing this log.
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    • #3
      And these are the wood slabs I got from this Ipil tree. Has lots of promise for a
      garden table and benches. They call it live edge wood slabs. Again, no pics of
      the 8 feet slabs.











      I have two more Ipil trunks to work on in the coming days and possibly will try using
      a chainsaw milling jig I fabricated.




      Thanks for viewing !
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      AHP Alpha-TIG 200X welder
      HITRONIC 300 Amp DC Inverter IGBT Welder
      YAMATO 300 amp AC Stick Welder
      YAMATO 200 amp DC Inverter IGBT Welder
      DeWALT Chopsaw
      HOBART and ESAB Welding Helmets


      cloned STIHLs

      MS 044 chainsaw
      MS 070 chainsaw

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      • #4
        Slabbing usually refers to cutting a log into boards without turning it. This gives a mixture of flatsawn to rift sawn to quartersawn and back again. With some woods, the assortment of different grain patterns is all attractive (in my opinion, walnut is one of these woods, cherry is usually not). One or more of the boards contains the pith (center) of the log which is usually defective, but maybe not in some woods like pine. Sawing like this is fast and easy and can also leave naturally edged boards (even easier). These are the reasons some logs are sawn this way. Also, some low-value logs don't give better wood no matter how they are sawn, so taking the easy way is chosen.

        So far as your question about sawing lumber from logs on the table saw, watch out. I would only do this if I made a sliding board, say a plywood piece with a miter runner underneath, and carefully fixed the log to this board with screws or some kind of clamping arrangement which is not sawn by the blade. Not too much you can do with the 10" blade projecting 3-1/8 above the table, but you should be able to saw 2" with it. I would joint two edges of a small log on the jointer, then saw it on the table saw directly. However, you really have to watch out for tension release or kerf binding when doing this. You might find the little log makes a big noise then ends up somewhere else in the shop. Much more preferable to do your little sawmilling on a 14" bandsaw if you have one.

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        • #5
          That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck.lecithin

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