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Offline Hawkdancer

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Splitting staves
« on: June 11, 2019, 08:04:32 pm »
Probably already know the answer, but, I have several staves to split down to blanks.  Question is, do I play really new guy and just go for 2 blanks each, or try to go for maybe three?  The staves are shagbark hickory, black locust(with a knot for free)' and crabapple.  My current feeling is be conservative and take what the wood wants to give.  If I screw up, it's firewood, or dowels, and I don't gave a dowel maker! >:D!
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Offline Swampman

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 01:40:05 am »
My advice would be don't get greedy and take what the wood will give you.  I have made firewood when trying to get more from splits than I should have.

Good luck. Mike

Offline ksnow

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 02:27:24 am »
If the staves are decent, straight grain pieces, you can kerf them with a circular saw. This really helps get the most staves per log. But the grain needs to be straight, its hard to cut curves with a circular saw. It's also a bit of a sketchy operation, make sure you work smart and take your time. Make shallow cuts, going  a bit deeper each time until you are full depth.

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Offline Pat B

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 02:37:32 am »
A bird in the hand...!
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

Offline ohma2

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2019, 05:58:18 am »
Well put Pat.

Offline DC

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2019, 06:00:33 am »
If you know you can get three, go for three. If you only"think" you can get three, go for two. ;)
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Offline hoosierf

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2019, 07:10:10 am »
I would center split them and see if some belly or side staves are possible after they are split. Elm has given me about a 50% second stave success rate using this approach.

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2019, 07:23:46 am »
Thanks for all the good advise!  I think I will be cautious and try for two blanks each and see what happens.  Might try to post some pics of the split up!
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Offline PaulN/KS

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2019, 05:45:23 am »
I love a good "split along".  :D

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2019, 07:21:35 am »
The splitting starts tomorrow, I think!  I plan to try to get through the knots first and hope for the best controlled splits from there, otherwise, it's billets, carving, and firewood!  If you see me at MoJam
grillin' with neat white chunks, you'll know what Happened! >:D
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Offline Bob Barnes

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2019, 07:56:45 am »
if you don't finish splitting the staves and want to try using a froe...I will have mine at MoJam... :)
Seems like common sense isn't very common any more...

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Splitting staves
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2019, 06:55:56 pm »
Bob,
I will save one just to see how use a froe!  My froe is currently sitting under the. Bow bench waiting to be straightened, sharpened, and a handle!
Jerry
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Jerry