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Wood Cutting For Posts And Rails

• Axe handles warp; Never lean a axe against anything for an extended periods of time. The wooden handle will warp, in time, making it more difficult (less accurate) to use. Hang it from it’s head out of the weather. • When chopping limbs off a fell tree remove them from the bottom up. They remove easier and you are less likely to split wood from your log. • Stuck wedge; Cut (preferably straight grain, knot free, hard wood logs) the length you want your posts or rails. Logs split easies from the bottom (of the tree) up. When using the maul and wedge system, start the first wedge in the end using any natural weaknesses (splits). Use the 2nd wedge to continue the split and relieve pressure on the previous wedge. This usually allows you to pull the first wedge to continue the split further. Sooner or later you’ll have both wedges stuck in the log. Cut a wooden one from a sturdy branch to relieve the pressure on the metal wedge. This wooden wedge should work long enough to get your metal wedge free. • Peel (debark) posts and rails using a drawknife. Shopping for your drawknife will show that prices vary greatly. This is easiest on green logs in the spring when bark is loose. Peeled posts and rails will last much longer. • Season for at least a month if you plan on using a wood preservative.

Elton, OK, entered 2006-04-17

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