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Preparing Palm Logs?!?!?!
NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-01-19 3:26 pm   Permalink

Hello All!! Fantastic website here!! Very glad I found it and I am blown away by some of the carvings posted.

Im pretty new to this and am searching for a better way to strip the bark off of the logs pictured here. (pretty sure they are sable). I am currently using an angle grinder with a flap disc sanding wheel with a coarse grit but it takes FOREVER and is extremely messy. IS there an easier way?!?! Any and all replies are greatly appreciated and keep up all of the great work !!






 
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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2011-01-19 5:33 pm   Permalink

There's several different ways, none are "easy". Some people use a draw knife, some use an electric planer (Buzzy even has a how-to vid on youtube). I used to use a chainsaw by holding the bar almost flat against the log. I now use a Log Wizard attached to my chainsaw.

Your best bet for the least investment would be a drawknife, and second would be a cheaper (Ryobi) planer.

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McTiki
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Posted: 2011-01-20 06:58 am   Permalink

Welcome to TC!

Where are you located?

I 2nd the Draw knife/Planer

Skinning a log with a flapwheel = You gotz alot of patience!




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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2011-01-20 07:37 am   Permalink

You can always carve straight in and take the bark off later - or - use the bark in the design.

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-01-20 08:03 am   Permalink

I use the chainsaw method. With my gas saw I can shave the bark off a log in about 10 minutes.

I'd like to get a log wizard like 4wd has, but they ain't cheap!



 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-01-20 2:46 pm   Permalink

Hey thank you all for the replies!!

Yes sir the flap wheel takes a LOOOONG time I actually tried the chain saw today and it helped a great deal.

Im located in Good ole Orlando FL...Winter park area if youre familiar...

I made some good progress today with cleaning logs and started a little bit of carving...ill try to post some pics in a few days. Thanks again for all the help!


 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-01-20 2:55 pm   Permalink

This is my current stash...I got lucky and happened to catch a tree company cutting down a couple of very tall palms and trust me they were VERY happy to let me take them off of their hands...one less trip to the dump for them!

I have them all elevated on bricks and I keep the fan on in the garage to keep the air moving. Is this a good way to dry them out? I think I remember reading somewhere that they need to be off the ground with a little breathing room...anyway..thanks again and to all a great weekend!





 
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McTiki
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Posted: 2011-01-20 3:21 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-01-20 14:55, NIxxon wrote:






Porn!

Merritt Island......

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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-01-20 7:42 pm   Permalink

LOL...No Kidding!? Merritt Island!? I work out that way...for the county.

But yea im pretty psyched with all of the logs...ran out of sunlight today but will def be back on it tomorrow


 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2011-01-21 06:47 am   Permalink

Nice stash. Try stacking the logs on end. Gravity will force the water out the ends. The fibers run vertically, when palm lies on its side the water has no where for water to run. The fan may help a bit?? - but not much. Most of the moisture in palm is at the center of the log. The trick is drying the center before the log starts to rot. You will be amazed at how light the logs will get when totally dry!

 
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McTiki
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Posted: 2011-01-21 07:53 am   Permalink

I sliced into a 2 footer that sat on it's side for a couple of months....I got hit with spray when the bur hit the centermost regions.


Nix, irony? I commute from da Island de Merritt to O-Town daily for my professional gig. LOL!


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McTiki
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Posted: 2011-01-21 07:53 am   Permalink

I believe only fresh cut actually ooze water outta the bottoms for a day or two, then the capillary action begins depending on the log's position...I have had only a couple of logs get weakened on an end from the drying process. Buzz of an inch or two and poof! Nice wood again.

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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-01-21 09:49 am   Permalink

thanks for the insight Aloha...I will give that a try...will that cause the end closest to the ground to get soft from all of the water?

Mctiki thats funny...wana trade jobs? would def save us both a bit in fuel expenses...lol...and leave more time for carving


 
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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2011-01-21 3:23 pm   Permalink

Nix, can't tell from the pic, but if those logs are drying inside, get them outside and in the sun.
I second what Aloha and McTiki said. I picked up some palm logs today. Even thought they were cut just hours before, when I got home, I sliced another inch off the bottom and stood them on end. I figure it's similar to when you buy flowers, you're supposed to give the ends a fresh snip before they go into the vase water. I have them standing on keystone gravel, vs the end standing on damp ground, etc.
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-01-21 3:25 pm   Permalink

Some progress pics from today...spent a few hours on the back porch since the Florida Sun just didnt want to shine today






 
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