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lakeside53
09-29-2014, 11:49 AM
OK.... not machining... just parting wood.

Saturday I decided to get the last of my 2015 wood in before the weather gets nasty. This is the bottom 130 feet a 165 foot doug fir we took down early last year. The 35 foot top is still in the woods. Maybe I'll get it out later. The bottom was 33 inches diameter, and still 14 inches at 130 feet.


Saturday : Dig out the wood (it was heavily brushed in already), cut into rounds and roll (HEAVY!) to the split zone. I have peaveys, but even a 10 foot section was a major effort.

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/misc%20linked%20uploads/DSC_2052Custom_zps2daf2fa9.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/misc%20linked%20uploads/DSC_2052Custom_zps2daf2fa9.jpg.html)

Sunday... I thought I split a little each day, but I was feeling pretty good so I just kept going. The last two hours were like running the last 10 miles of a marathon .

6 hours later, all hand split.
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/misc%20linked%20uploads/DSC_2061Custom_zpse812f93b.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/misc%20linked%20uploads/DSC_2061Custom_zpse812f93b.jpg.html)


I don't use wedges. The secret is a radial cut to the center. That allows the first wedge to split away without splitting the entire distance across. Best done with a skip-tooth chain as you generate a lot of "curly-fries" (long thin wood strings) that tend to jamb the saw. Cutting radially (round up on its side) takes a 10th of the effort than cutting axially (with the round face up).

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/misc%20linked%20uploads/DSC_2055Custom_zps84c64ce5.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/misc%20linked%20uploads/DSC_2055Custom_zps84c64ce5.jpg.html)

Oh... the things you find hidden beneath a log.. Neighbors 33 year old kid keeping it from Dad, but.. it's legal in WA now.

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/misc%20linked%20uploads/DSC_2056Custom_zps6e85c2f3.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/misc%20linked%20uploads/DSC_2056Custom_zps6e85c2f3.jpg.html)


Now I get to haul it to the wood shed. Sure is a lot of work...

-Cut down
-Cut up
-Split
-Move to wood shed
-Stack to dry
-Carry to fireplace
-Burn

Repeat.

davidh
09-29-2014, 11:55 AM
you must have a grudge against your person. . . .treating it like that. it looks like it could turn into enuf lumber to build a small house.

lakeside53
09-29-2014, 12:06 PM
LOL.. it could, but we get a lot of this wood out here and I burn 8-10 cords a year. I'd like to think this is 3 cords, but probably less. The last clear-cut was 1945-47, so that tree is only 60-70 years old. Nice tree, but it was dying of laminated root rot (big problem in Western WA) and by the time you pay to haul it to the mill, there's no money in it. I need 4-5 trees like that to fill a logging truck - then you can make decent money. Anyhow, it's only 100 feet from my woodshed, and I like that!


My body feels a little tired, but I'm 61 next month ;)

mattthemuppet
09-29-2014, 01:09 PM
I'm guessing that if you were going to die from a heart attack you would already have done so :) That must have been a very satisfying piece of work. It's rare that something free can save you money and give you some exercise at the same time!

MotorradMike
09-29-2014, 01:26 PM
Nice pile of firewood!

Have you tried splitting with a 3-1/2 pound axe?
WAY easier than one of those mauls.

bdarin
09-29-2014, 03:41 PM
Never mind the wood....how'd that bong work out?

atomarc
09-29-2014, 04:13 PM
Very nice work. You're going to save the bark and burn it too...right!

Stuart

MTNGUN
09-29-2014, 05:46 PM
Impressive job hand splitting all that wood, Lakeside. That's a good workout.

lakeside53
09-29-2014, 08:29 PM
Yep.. got better today. I moved the entire pile and stacked it in the woodshed. 8 massively overloaded pickup trucks full, but didn't have to go on the highway so no foul. Another 5 hours of workout!

Worked out to be a just little less than 4 cords (tightly stacked). Now I have 12 cords in for winter of 2015, and 11 for this year. of course, If we have big storms this year I'll have no place to put more wood.

lakeside53
09-29-2014, 08:35 PM
Nice pile of firewood!

Have you tried splitting with a 3-1/2 pound axe?
WAY easier than one of those mauls.

I have several axes and mauls and over the years have tried everything. For big Doug Fir and Western hemlock, I use a mall that has a sharp end like an axe and a broad wide taper behind. Sold here by Stihl as a PA80, but it's from Germany and made by Ox-head(?). I HATE the classic American maul - the one shaped like a blunt torpedo. Of course, the Stihl maul is about $80...

This is what I use : http://www.stihlusa.com/products/hand-tools/axes/woodsplitmaul/ IMO.. nothing else comes close for what I split.

EDIT : the above link is the "value priced maul". Mine is http://www.stihlusa.com/products/hand-tools/axes/prosplitmaul/

Another picture stolen from the internet - shows the head : http://beckmannag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/DSCN2268a.jpg

lakeside53
09-29-2014, 08:47 PM
I'm guessing that if you were going to die from a heart attack you would already have done so :) That must have been a very satisfying piece of work. It's rare that something free can save you money and give you some exercise at the same time!

LOL.. I do this type of stuff all the time. Probably in the best shape of my entire life.

MTNGUN
09-29-2014, 10:53 PM
Sold here by Stihl as a PA80, but it's from Germany and made by Ox-head(?). ... Of course, the Stihl maul is about $80...

Internet claims $50 at a local Stihl dealer, not bad if true.

When sold as an Ox-Head it seems to go for $120 - $140? Head looks the same but it seems to have a slightly better handle than the Stihl.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/ox-head-big-ox-splitting-maul.aspx

lakeside53
09-29-2014, 11:24 PM
That would be nice but the PA80 are about $75-80 at the local dealer here. $50 is less than dealer cost.

Mine's 7 years old and has 80+ cords on it. It has a USA Hickory handle that is slightly different to the current model (with the steel protector), and is the "pro model", not the "value priced woodcutters maul". Looks like I linked the wrong item in the prior. Here's the correct link : http://www.stihlusa.com/products/hand-tools/axes/prosplitmaul/