Sunday, March 6, 2011
Bisecting the burl
Step 1 was to wrap a rope around the burl and pull it out of the garage and into my driveway with my SUV. Step 2 loop the rope around the top so the burl is tipped onto one of the already flat sides. Step 3 fire up the chainsaw.
I had to cut from both sides to make the cut. My chainsaw has a 20" bar and the burl is 36-38" wide leaving very little overlap in the middle. The cuts didn't line up perfectly but it wasn't too bad.
I ended up cutting into 8 pieces, each roughly (very roughly) 18" cubed. Each piece averages 95 pounds making the whole burl about 780 pounds. Out of curiosity we weighed the sawdust and after subtracting the weight of the trashcan found that we had 33 pounds of shavings.