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Debarker for Beach logs
« on: March 19, 2014, 03:34:31 PM »
We floated some cedar beach logs over to our cabin and trying to come up with a way to saw them. I have an old LT 30 with no debarker and am trying to figure out a way to cut a clean up kerf in the log. There is no bark left on the logs, but they do have grit in the outer surface. I've been thinking about tearing apart my plate joiner and building a mount for it, it's blade is the width of a biscuit. Has anybody built anything like this or any other ideas? We live out on an island in Alaska and things are not always easy to come up with.

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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 03:40:09 PM »
Hey Gary….without tearing down one tool to use as another tool (debarker) have you considered using a pressure washer.
I'd love to see a Cedar Beach log, if ya got a pic.

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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 03:44:05 PM »
I haven't worked with cedar, so I don't know what it's characteristics are, but a pressure washer, or even a good hose might do it. A Log Wizard would work as well. I've even resorted to wire brushes. You only need to worry about the opening face, and you could even roll the log backwards so you are sawing into a cut face until you get the slabs off.
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 03:51:16 PM »
Welcome Hollis , there is another way you can get it kerfed. Set your height for opening cut and push saw head up to end of log and mark it. Then raise head and run it to other end and lower head to height it would be when blade exits and mark it then snap a chalk line and then make your kerf cut with chainsaw. Should only need to do it on opening cut. Roll log so your cutting into  fresh wood on second   third cuts. Cedar that's been on beach for a long time is hard on blade life.
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2014, 03:54:01 PM »
I like the chalk line idea, but think I might just hit it with a draw knife instead of a chainsaw.
And that's all I have to say about that,
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 04:07:24 PM »
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2014, 04:17:10 PM »
The chainsaw works good cause you can get in a litte more deeper the sand is the enemy it is deep in the smallest of checking. First cut is the hardest on the blade. Really put the coolant to your blade also.
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2014, 04:21:00 PM »
I would suggest snapping a line to figure out where the cut will be then use anything available to remove a little bit of wood from the line: a chain saw, a chisel, an axe, a draw knife, a skill saw.  Or you could scrub it with water or a pressure washer.

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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2014, 05:35:48 PM »
Welcome back Gary.  You have been gone entirely too long.   :)

Don't forget the old fashioned way.
 

 
Water and these.
 

 
I have a Debarker and I still wear some out from use.   ;D
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2014, 11:10:16 PM »
Thanks for all the input. Going to try marking the log and scribing it with the chainsaw, the small cracks are 1 to 2 inches.  Need to figure out how to mark wet wood, and maybe figure out how to make a debarker later. I bounce from thing to thing depending on the time of year. Need to get a new porch built and get ready for our first guests now. Stay busy on the boats and kayaks fishing, hunting and keeping everything running, but it's a good life. The logs are 30 to 60 feet long and are tied up in front of the cabin. The high tide covers our road, so I just float them where I want them, then drag the mill down when the tide goes out.



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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2014, 11:17:41 PM »
Where exactly is Hollis AK?  My wife is from Alaska.

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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2014, 11:43:06 PM »
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The high tide covers our road, so I just float them where I want them, then drag the mill down when the tide goes out.


That's great!  No need to clean up the sawdust, either! 8)
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2014, 12:36:22 AM »
We are in about the center of Prince of Wales Island in South East Alaska, 3 hours by boat or 1/2 hour by float plane west of Ketchikan. Our cabin is on 12 Mile arm off Kassan Bay in Hollis Anchorage. Where is your wife from?

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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2014, 09:58:16 AM »
Sounds like you are in the "bush" even by Alaskan standards. My wife was in a few places but generally grew up in Palmer.

If you were curious you could search for her, she was a 4 time State champion discus thrower from 1993-1996 or so.

I was in Valdez, North Pole, Barrow and Point Lay when I would go up and work construction.
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2014, 10:42:50 AM »
He has his location marked on his member map
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Re: Debarker for Beach logs
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2014, 03:46:18 PM »
Slab them heavy, then put a fresh blade on to slice up the cant's.

Use the slabs for rustic projects like benches or planters.

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