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Help with Milling Ideas

All, I picked up a cherry log about 2 years ago from a guy who cut a tree down in his yard. it is about 30" round at its widest point and about 3' tall. I wanted to mill this out to get some good boards from it but I only have a small 14" Delta band saw. I considered using a chainsaw but I'd lose 1/4" of material with each pass. Any ideas on how to accomplish this would be most helpful. Thanks.
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-09-2018, 12:27 PM
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Quarter it with the chainsaw

I had the very same condition with a spalted Maple log I cut, mine was about 40" long. I ripped it down the center, that took forever, and then ripped those halves into quarters. That way they weren't so heavy and I could resaw them on the bandsaw. I made a sled for the bandsaw that rises along the front edge since the miter slot was too small:
My own sled uses a roller approach as well and for the occasional use I need, it works well. There is a cleat on the bottom side of the plywood that rides against the right hand edge of the saw table for a guide. You have to press the sled in toward the blade to keep the the cleat against the saw table and the saw cutting straight. It's a basic approach where the main idea is to support the weight of the log or cant and second, to be able to cut a straight slab off. bill Attached Thumbnails

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You can split it with a chain saw then do it on your band saw. I split big logs all the time. I have split logs up to 4' in diameter with a 660 Stihl just to fit them on the saw mill. It's a tank of gas in that saw to do one pass in an 8 foot log tho lol.
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