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    hey all i am new to this site and was wondering if anyone could tell me the best way to cut hardwood sleepers they are new and clean and need to be sliced in half all the way down the middle leaving two 55x300x2400mm pieces. any help would be muchly appreciated
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    G'day Richard and welcome to the show!!

    Where abouts in Qld?? There are some handy fellas around Qld with Chainsaws.

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    See if there is a timber mill or someone who has a decent band resaw will do the job or even just a large band saw, chainsaw will create a fair amount of waste and a pretty rough surface to clean up

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    when I did my yard the first time or was it the second time.I used a guide attached to my large circlar saw and did 2 cuts one from one side of the sleeper the second one I flipped the sleeper over & did the second cup from the other side. I did buy a quality blade and went slow, It did last about 15 sleeprs to my memory
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    Quote Originally Posted by coffenup View Post
    when I did my yard the first time or was it the second time.I used a guide attached to my large circlar saw and did 2 cuts one from one side of the sleeper the second one I flipped the sleeper over & did the second cup from the other side. I did buy a quality blade and went slow, It did last about 15 sleeprs to my memory
    regards Michael
    That's might be possible for splitting them as in B
    But it sounds like richard wants then split as in A

    I'd use a big bandsaw.

    What sort of wood are we looking at?

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    I did it both ways when I did mine as I had angled areas and I used them both full ,half
    I didn't say it was easy but i did what I hat to to make SWMBO happy.
    I am now on another design with different materials in this version
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    Quote Originally Posted by coffenup View Post
    I did it both ways when I did mine as I had angled areas and I used them both full ,half
    I can't see how you made the A cut on full size (300 mm wide) sleepers. A normal hand held CS can only cut about 75 mm deep. Cutting from both sides gives you 150 mm so there is 150 mm still to cut.

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    finished with a hand saw just asked the wife I forgot that part as I am getting old
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    I gave a friend over the road a Silky Oak log as he was after one. He showed me his one handeld cross cut saw that he was going to rip it with. I had lent my mill to a friend at the time so I offered him a 8' peg tooth and raker rip saw. He and his sons could do a full length cut in only 8 hours. So you could give this a try.

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