I have a question for you woodworking experts, especially those who make log furniture.
I'm trying to cut up apple tree branches that are about the thickness of a baseball bat with my Makita miter saw (I'm cutting them into smaller chunks to use as wood for meat smoking ... but you don't want to use a chainsaw because then chain oil would get on the wood). Nine out of 10 times the miter saw cuts the small log into cross sections just fine, but about 10% of the cuts I hit a knot and it totally stops the saw blade -- sometimes jambing it. There are a lot of knots that are hidden in these branches, so you can't really avoid them. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the saw, and I've heard of others having similar problems using miter saws to cut through freshly cut small logs.
I don't want to buy a new band saw or new power tool or anything, so I was hoping to find a way to cut these branches using the miter saw. Is that possible? Anyone have any tips? The miter saw blade I have on now is a multi-purpose carbide-tipped blade with big teeth. Would a blade with smaller teeth that are closer together be able to cut through any and all knots? Anyone have any suggestions?