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Chainsaw Lumber Making

Chainsaw Lumber Making

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Clear away any limbs, brush, roots, stumps
and rocks from around the base of the tree
you've chosen, and select a convenient site for
debris. Then remove all tree limbs as high as
your saw can reach, cutting them as close to
the tree as possible (1). Make sure your saw is
getting plenty of lubrication, and until you
know that it is, try not to run the chain too
fast, especially on automatic-oiling saws.
With a saw having a manual oiler, pump it to
get lots of oil on the bar and chain.

Check the base of the tree trunk for obstruc-
tions such as spikes, wire fence and rock, and
remove any with an ax. Then establish the line
of fall. Astraight tree can usually be directed
to the desired location easily, but if the tree
leans, you must take corrective steps.

To determine a tree's lean, hold your ax up to
the tree with the blade edge at the center of
the trunk. Sight up the handle (2). Repeat in
two or three other locations for an accurate
reading. Ifthe tree leans away from the pro-
posed line of fall, wedges driven into the back-
cut (p. 66) can lift the tree past its center of
gravity toward the desired location.

Now clear at least two escape paths away
from the proposed line of fall and at least one
path in the line of fall, in case wind, overcut-
ting or other errors cause the tree to fall in
the opposite direction. Select a stout tree or
stump at the end of each path as shelter from
flying limbs and treetops.

CHAPTER 7 Felling a Tree

Bedding logs (3) placed across the proposed
line of fall will support the tree at a conven-
ient height and protect it from dirt and rocks.
Determine the lengths of the logs you intend
to buck from the tree, and place bedding logs
at intervals relative to these. Bedding logs
should be long enough to compensate for er-
rors in felling direction and thick enough to
support the tree. Be careful not to use thin
logs, which might break on impact, but on the
other hand, don't use logs that are too thick-
these can cause the tree to break when it is
felled across them.

Some trees are too brittle for this approach.
Lift brittle logs to a convenient milling height
after the tree is felled and bucked to length.

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