Projects with Logs

There is a place close to home that that had to cut some trees and logs were available to buy for anyone that were interested.  

The logs

Here are the small logs that me and my dad were able to get a hold of.

Walnut Logs

Walnut Logs

Ash Logs

Ash Logs

The criteria was that the dimensions were to fit within the capacity of my band saw to slice.  The Laguna Bandsaw that I have has a capacity of about 12″ of resaw capacity so this was pretty much the diameter capacity of the logs that I could handle. 

Was able to get a hold of 1 log of what I think is walnut and 2 others are Ash logs.  

Projects

The plans are the following : 

With the walnut log, about one half will be sliced to cut some platter that will be cut in the horizontal plane, kind of big coasters but bigger.  These will be used to serve food or any other projects.  Just not quite sure yet.  The idea is to let it dry a bit and eventually finish it with a food save type of finish as there is a good chance that it will be seeing some food it the near future.

For the second half of the walnut log and the 2 ash logs, the plan is to resaw in the length of the log to get some boards.  The cut will be made to include some quarter sawn grain.  I have some plans to try to make some small boxes and getting straight grain would make some nice side components.  

First Experiments

This is my first experiment in resewing logs and I don’t plan to make this a career plan to resaw logs but I think this should be a nice experience to resaw and dry the lumber.  Granted it should no yield a whole bunch of lumber but still.  I might actually like to too much, who knows….  

Resawing lumber and more

I had originally bought a band saw to resaw lumber from thicker boards and not waste as much wood into the dust collector.  Don’t get me wrong, the dust collector serves it’s function well, but I’d rather have the wood on projects then in the dust bin.

At the time, the budget only permitted a 14″ bandsaw, which served it’s purpose, but did not cover the resaw capacity I really needed for the board I was able to get.  I’ve had been looking at the bigger boys bandsaw in the 14″ or 16″ range of wheel capacity but the price range was still out of my reach.

This is when the taught process of maybe, just maybe selling my contractor table saw and some other tools that I seldom used to help finance the purchase of the bandsaw.  Now don’t get me wrong, I used my table saw quite a lot since I purchased it and the main concern of letting it go was how could I do the common tasks I did with the tool, could I do it with the new saw or with other tools to accomplish the same tasks.

I had to list of the pros and cons of make the move and then take a decision.  Here are a few of the items I considered and addressed.

– The resaw of taller lumber is a definite winner here is is the main reason that I even considered the move in the first place

– Ripping lumber : Not really a concern here, at least from a space perspective

– Crosscut : Well yes this one is somewhat of a concern for the because of the table size of the bandsaw, but got a SCMS for narrower boards an for glued up panels, it was somewhat an issue on the tablesaw for longer panels.  Smaller panels, the clear winner is the table saw.

– Dados : Yes I had a dado stack and this one of the tasks that the band saw does not do, but this is where another tool comes to the rescue.  This is where the router/router table comes to mind from the realm of the power tools.  I also now got a hand tool alternative to address this portion.

– Angled cuts : To me, it was pretty rare that the saw blade tilted on the table saw.  This portion was less an issue and for the rare cases that a 45 degree cut was needed, or any other angle cut is needed, well will address in time.

 

One thing I must admit is the saw cut quality off the saw itself.  I did buy a good saw blade that has great review in the WoodSlicer blade from Highland Woodworking.  It does a really good job at resawing and ripping wood, but the cut needs a little work after the cut, nothing that a plane pass or jointer/planer pass can’t fix depending on the situation.  I agree that this is an extra step that is required to get a better result for the cuts.  But this is something I am willing to live with.

So I ended up buying the Laguna 16″ SUV bandsaw and did sell my table saw in the process.  There is now more space in the small shop that is mine.  I now have tackled most of the jobs that I used to do on the table saw with another way/procedure.  Would I get another table saw in the shop, most probably, maybe in a bigger shop but for the time being, I am very pleased with the combination I got now.

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There are a few items that are not settled yet, but maybe soon enough, they will be addressed.

Stay tuned.