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#1
08/27/08, 06:21 AM
 Join Date: Feb 2005 Posts: 199
how to square a log on two sides?

hey everyone i was just wondering what is the easiest way to square a log on two opposite sides and have the log a uniform thickness.? would a bandsaw Mill work best?

the logs i plan on doing this to will be about 8-12 feet long and about 8 inches thick between the squared sides.
thanks
#2
08/27/08, 09:37 AM
 Join Date: Jun 2007 Posts: 1,064
Hi CR
Are you building a log cabin? You might check out John McPherson's book.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Build-This...9847525&sr=1-1

He's the same guy that wrote the wilderness survival book "Go Naked into the Wilderness".

In his log cabin book he does a very pictoral process of building an actual cabin on his property. He goes into a lot of written and pictural detail on how he processes his raw logs into cabin building materials. He used a 2X4 spiked to a log to get a straight first cut with his chainsaw. Once the first slab is cut off the remaining cuts get taken off after repositioning the 2X4.
Michael
#3
08/27/08, 03:17 PM
 Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: Florida and South Carolina Posts: 2,167
Sounds like you want two parallel sides, not square. 'Square' means the two sides are exactly 90 degrees, or at a right angle. Either way, a bandmill would be a good choice, or if you're not doing a lot of them, an Alaskan (chainsaw) mill.
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#4
08/27/08, 05:23 PM
 Join Date: Feb 2003 Location: Ozarks Posts: 238
If you are good with a chain saw you can just measure, mark and chalk line it. DH has been slabing logs for furniture and bench seats for years. We then run them through a planer or just sand them depending on what we are making. But we've been doing it for 15 years.

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