Cutting oak slab free hand using Jonsered 2083 chainsaw
There is a way to
slab big logs with out a mill.
It takes just a bit longer and a little more effort on your part.
This is how I do it: Set the log so it will not move, get a chalk line tool . Like the ones you would use for putting up wall boards on a framed house.
Then snap a line the length of the log where you want your first cut. somewhere by the out side edge. Then using the bottom portion of the tip
(be careful here) cut a 1/4 inch grove the length of the log following the chalk line. Bar should be about 45 degrees to log when making this cut .
Do this over and over. As you get deeper the bar will get closer to 90 degrees. Make sure you do not let the top part of the bar's tip do the cutting
or it will kick back also try to keep the bar from twisting. If you twist a bit your cut does not look as good. When your are 95% through you can
split the slab off the log from the top. You do not need a ripping chain but you do need a very sharp chain.
THIS TREE WAS OVER 150 YEARS OLD.
ABOUT 30" IN DIAMETERS AT THIS SECTION.
IT WAS SLABED WHERE IT FELL
DON'T CUT YOUR TOES. KEEP FEET TO SIDE OF LOG. NOT UNDER
NOTICE THE SAW DUST, IT LOOKS LIKE FLOWER. THAT CHAIN IS DULL
THIS CUT IS WITH A NEW CHAIN AND THE THERE IS NO DUST. JUST LONG STRANDS AND CHIPS.