Out of the Woodwork: Woodworking Can be a Blast

Black powder fits the bill to split large urban logs.
By Sam Sherrill
Page: 96

From the June 2006 issue #155
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For the past decade, I have been getting all the lumber I need for my projects from downed urban trees in my area that would have otherwise been dumped in local landfills, ground up for mulch or cut for firewood. I follow the same two-step procedure: First, as the tree is being prepared for removal, I make sure the trunk is cut to sawlog (not fireplace) lengths and, second, I then either haul the logs to the sawyer or tow the saw mill to the logs. After sawing, the boards are stickered and stacked for air-drying. However, last year for the first time ever, I inserted an extra and highly unusual step between cutting the log and sawing it into lumber.

From the June 2006 issue #155
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