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Offline Darrel

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I Should Have Listened
« on: September 13, 2017, 11:00:38 pm »
If I've heard it once, I've heard it 100 times from Magicman and others.

"Don't split the pith!

But did I listen? 

No, I have a brain, I know what I'm doing. :P



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Re: I Should Have Listened
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2017, 12:07:17 am »
Yep. We've all done that a time or two. I did it once on a very nice bald cypress log. Wasn't mine either. I learned that lesson mighty quick.
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Re: I Should Have Listened
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017, 05:03:56 am »
It's when you DON'T split the pith, and the boards still behave like that, you have a problem.   :-\ :D

Thinking of some small Eucalyptus logs I once sawed.  :D
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Re: I Should Have Listened
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017, 07:00:10 am »
We split the pith in cedar all the time.  We used to make mail box posts.  We would make a 3 1/2 x 7 1/8 and split or 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 and quarter.  Very seldom got much movement.    Every once in a while they can go squirrelly though.
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Re: I Should Have Listened
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 07:06:15 am »
Most Cedars you can get away with ignoring the pith, and still get decent boards.

Other species, not so forgiving.
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Re: I Should Have Listened
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 07:07:38 am »
Yup, about 80% of my cut patterns have split the pith as either 1st, 3rd, or 5th cut.

Only way to pull straight timber out of some logs is to split them and let them spring, then pull what you can out the bananas you made.
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Re: I Should Have Listened
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017, 08:00:53 am »
You could go into the rocking chair business.

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Re: I Should Have Listened
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 08:34:14 am »
I made a pair like that once and had a customer ask me about them laying on a pallet.  I told him it took years of study and experience to make perfect McDonald's aches, and if he wanted to buy them, I'd have to charge extra. :D :D
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Re: I Should Have Listened
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2017, 08:50:34 am »
I had a customer that wanted four 6X6's out of a ~16" Tulip Poplar log.  A bit of wane did not matter.  I said "no" and he said "yes".  I said "no" and explained why, and he said "yes".  Clamping the two 6X12's before the final saw through was a chore.

It would be best described as peeling a banana.   :o
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