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    Help me carve this one up

    This is a red oak that is 47" on the big end, 37" on the small end and 10'-6" long. I was thinking of quarter sawing the half below the hart crack and flat sawing the other half. However I am concerned about the trajectory of the hart crack(winds to the right) vs the twist that is evident going the opposite direction (winds to the left). The protruding slats indicate the hart crack on both ends. The long slat indicates the majority of the bark inclusion that runs the length of the log 80 percent of which follows the wind of the rest of the log. But then shifts to the right and ends up lining up with the hart crack on the small end. You can barley see the bark inclusion on the small end but it does seem to follow the hart crack. However as you can see that is contrary to the twist of the outside of the log. Do I follow the hart crack for the plane of the saw or do I split the difference between that and the twist on the outside face of the log? I hope that makes sense.

    James
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    Last edited by James White; 05-12-2017 at 1:22 PM.

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    If it were mine, I would split it according to the large heart crack. If the grain spirals as much as the outside suggests, any lumber will twist as it dries, so I would cut thick pieces hoping to end up with stock for table legs and expect to burn a lot of waste.
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    I decided to try and split this open. Something told me the hart crack on the small end not following the swirl was wrong. This took about an hour and showed that the true hart crack went with the swirl. I will set the plane of the blade parallel to the first piece of 2x that is level in the last photo. It is sort of an average of the riven surface.

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    big log, James!
    Looking good -Pat

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