how to square a log on two sides?

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  1. crwilson

    crwilson Well-Known Member

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    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. Michael Kawalek

    Michael Kawalek Well-Known Member

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    Hi CR
    Are you building a log cabin? You might check out John McPherson's book.

    http://www.amazon.com/How-Build-Thi...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219847525&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. MushCreek

    MushCreek Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. rafter

    rafter Well-Known Member

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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.