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Old 08-28-2012, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default How do I rip 12" Logs?

I helped take down a large maple tree and took home a ton of wood to try to dry out. Some of these logs are 10 to 12 inches in diameter.

I for the life of me can't figure out a good way to slice logs this thick. I tried to split some, which does take the thickness down enough to rip on the tablesaw, but gives a result that is very nasty and wasteful.

Without splitting, the table saw won't even rip to the center of the logs. If I had the $$$, I would go for a large band saw, but, all the affordable bandsaws I found will only cut 6 or 7 inches.

So, amongst the creative types here, I'm hoping some of you that have found a "poor mans" way breaking down the medium size logs.

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Only 3 things I can think of:
1- You already mentioned a bandsaw. You can get a riser block for a 14" saw, but it would probably want a bigger motor than it comes with stock. Depends on how long the logs are. I've ripped 10" logs on my Ridgid with the riser block and 3/4 hp motor, but slowly.
2- Find someone with a Wood Mizer or other bandsaw sawmill and have them do it.
3- Two man rip saw and do it manually. This will build up your arms and give you manly bragging rights. But you have to buy the beer for the guy on the other end of the saw.
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Find someone with a saw mill and pay to. Have them milled. Still cheaper than
buying lumber I bet.
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This thread has reminded me of one of my favorite cartoons.

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Another option may be a local high school or vocational school. Most have a wood shop class and have bigger bandsaws and planers that can handle the bigger size wood. Sometimes they will do it for free to give the kids some practice.
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I use a chain saw. I don't have a "rip" chain, (which can be purchased, see link, many more companies make them) but it works fine. Rip the piece with it standing up, top to bottom parallel to the grain, not lying on its side. If you rip it lying on its side the chips are very long and plug up the saws discharge.
After ripping the wood to a manageable size, I resaw the pieces on the band saw. I have not tried resawing green wood on the table saw.


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I have a 10" Craftsman and use a sled like this.Kevin Brady - Cutting Small Logs on the Band Saw .Tony
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I would not even attempt to cut logs on a table saw or radial arm saw. I have read too many horrow stories about bodily injuries and limbs lost trying to do something on a saw that was not designed for that purpose. I have a log of nice cedar to get some lumber out of, but, I am taking it to a saw mill.

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I hope you don't mind these pictures on your thread.

SNIP Rip the piece with it standing up, top to bottom parallel to the grain, not lying on its side. If you rip it lying on its side the chips are very long and plug up the saws discharge.SNIP
I probably caused confusion with the way this is written. Here are two pictures I took today while ripping some Mulberry, the first is the way I rip the pieces, and the second is not the way to do it. Also some pics of Spalted Alder that I ripped today.
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