I had my dad bring me a section of log the other day. Not particular big.
Maybe 7 inches in diameter, and 2 and a half feet long. A neighbor of his
wanted it split in half with flat faces to paint on. Doesn't seem like a
big deal on the face of it, but it turned into a little project. My dad
tried to split it on my bandsaw... that was a mistake. It went bad almost
Finally I built an square MDF frame around it, and screwed the frame to the
log. We cut it on the table saw, and then flipped it over and cut it thru
from the other side. There was hardly any ridge n the middle at all, but
there was a nasty bevel on one end of one side from the bandsaw. I set each
half fram ont eh mill, and milled the two pieces flat. Then I removed all
the screws and removed the two log halves from the frames.
It got me thinking how much we have gotten dependent on atleast partially
preprocessed wood. I know some of you guys can take a broke off cherry twig
and whittle it into an armoire with a pocket knife, but it still made me
appreciate even rough cut lumber.
I don't think I have a wedge around anywhere. I suppose I could have used a
hatchet and a hammer. I thought I planned it out pretty well once I took it
over. Planing on the other hand is an option... I think I have a couple
wood planes around somewhere. Actually the mill made a perfect surface for
the art painting the person wanted. I just wasn't crazy about having ANY
sawdust on my mill. Stood there with a vacuum hose the whole time it was
I have never been all that confident about splitting wood exactly in half with two smooth sides. The closes I have come is cedar and the side were pretty ridged.
Personally I think you accomplished what you set out to do. Sounds like a win to meet.
Real life is different than school. In real life you get to keep taking the test until you get it right.
Belt erasers on 24 grit belt is pretty much a waste of time.
The grit looses it's edge long before the belt clogs.
Buy the belts in lots of 30 if you expect a price.
Not totally true Lew, you can clean it quite a few times depending on
the wood. Soft woods like pine can clog it real fast. so why replace
what you can clean.
After some point it is cleaning, but not cutting ... replace it. But I
totally disagree that it's a waste of time.
Cleaning belts is a waste of my time that can better spent
negotiating a price for belts or using belts that still cut cleanly.
Ever do any work on fiberglass and you'll understand.
Fiberglass, agree. Kiln dry hardwood, agree. Belts get dull quickly, and
cleaning perhaps more than once is worthless.
Sanding wet softwood clogs a belt with long fibers quickly, IMHO. A couple
quick cleanings is worth the time, I think.
Sanding finish, cleaning often keeps clogging from slowing you down, too.
Long before it loses its sharpness.
Getting lots of belts is a good way to go, though. Nothing like wasting
time with a dull belt.
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