Sunday, January 23, 2011

Splitting Rails

I have a lot of cedar logs. Not so big, about 5-6 inches diameter, and six feet long. So I decided to start splitting some rails out of them, and hopefully eventually make a split rail fence.

It is not as hard as I thought, maybe because cedar is such an easy soft wood that splits if you look at it crosseyed. I just used the two splitting wedges one after another all the way down the log. Maybe five minutes per log.

Now I need to practice making mortise and tenons.

And finally, I need to char the bottoms of the fenceposts before planting them.

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