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I am looking to getting a saw I have a lathe and want thickness for logs ie bandsaw or chopsaw any advice would be nice Allan
 

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Chainsaw to cut log slices and bandsaw to make them round enough to turn. Chopsaw hasn't enough throat I think?
 

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If you are able to get turning wood in log form then a chainsaw is the first tool on the list. A lot of turners take the chainsaw along on country drives just in case of a roadside find. A bandsaw is also nice to have but not essential. Blanks that are 6 or 8 sided are ok to mount on the lathe. Just get familar with safe chainsaw use as a turning blank is not worth a hand or a leg.
An electric plane is also a cheap and handy tool to smooth off rough saw marks and get a faceplate mounted.
Regards
John
 

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Allan, forget about a chop saw to cut logs, dangerous and will likely damage the saw too. They are designed for flat edged stock of uniform thickness, everything a log isn't.
 

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Orraloon":z8fjlan0 said:
If you are able to get turning wood in log form then a chainsaw is the first tool on the list. A lot of turners take the chainsaw along on country drives just in case of a roadside find. A bandsaw is also nice to have but not essential. Blanks that are 6 or 8 sided are ok to mount on the lathe. Just get familar with safe chainsaw use as a turning blank is not worth a hand or a leg.
An electric plane is also a cheap and handy tool to smooth off rough saw marks and get a faceplate mounted.
Regards
John
Taking wood without landowners permission is theft.

I personally know of two instances where people have been prosecuted for this, albeit repeat offenders and large volume.
 

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I should have pointed that out I guess. It is polite to ask permission from land owners .
Stuff on the side of the road (outside the fence) would likely be council property however and usually a turning blank would hardly be missed. Filling up with a years worth of firewood is perhaps pushing the friendship. Anyhow a bit of a warning to wood scroungers. If you get your collar felt purloining wood it would be a poor legal defence to say that I said it was OK.
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John
 
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