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Old 08/27/08, 07:21 AM
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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.
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Old 08/27/08, 10:37 AM
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Are you building a log cabin? You might check out John McPherson's book.

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.
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Old 08/27/08, 04:17 PM
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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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Old 08/27/08, 06:23 PM
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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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