I want to make some wood slabs out of small diameter logs. These slabs will be used for various crafts. This past weekend I tried cutting some slabs from a 3" birch log. I set my radial arm saw to 60Âº and attempted to cut some 1/4" thick oval-shaped slabs. The saw binded and stopped running etc. many times like this was too much of a job for it. My question is would I have more success with a different type of blade? If so, what type of blade? Or should I try a different type of saw....maybe like a chop saw? I would really like to cut some slabs from 3-inch (+/-) diameter birch logs at an angle to make oval-shaped slabs having approximate dimentions of 3 inches by 5 to 6 inches. Any suggestions?