Posted 02-01-2005 at 10:00:32
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You can do it several ways. Like skinning a cat!
One way is to use a chaulk line or shadow line, and then carefully saw that line down to about 2" with your chainsaw. Then use splitting wedges and go at it every 3-4 feet. That will split a nice spilt if you have sawn through any big knots first. I have used this metthod with good success splitting bigger trees to use for fence posts, and such.
A more precise way of doing it involves using an Alaskan Mini-mill with a chainsaw using a rip chain. It goes well, and the Mini-mill is not too expensiive. I bought mine used on Ebay.
The rip chain is needed though if you want any speed at all. Oregon sells the rip chains, and I bet you can get them cheap enough on the internet.
I will try try post a photo of making beams out of poplar. I will put the photo on the photo gallery here. Don't tell Les though. He thinks our poplar is similar to those they got up North.