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    I thinned out my lubrication mix by doubling the water in the tank, and I used a dry blade with no WD40 on it. No slippage, so burning of the tire onto the blade. I'll keep an eye on it, and think I may give water/detergent/borax a go.

    First photo is some suburban silky Oak, no nails (so far)
    2nd Photo is some Flame maple pattern from the butt section of a BoxElder/Manitoba Maple
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    My BIL asked me if I wanted some Macadamia Pistachio branches as a couple of large branches had fallen off one of his trees in a recent storm.

    Unfortunately it was mostly small stuff, but I managed to get 4 pieces between 150 to 250 mm in diameter and between 600 and 800 mm long.
    BIL wants me to use some of it to make something small for them as a memento.
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    I cut a couple of the more interesting ends off (like that 3 way branch union) for my carving mate and the cut then t0 700 mm or less so they would fit in my PS sled.

    Here is one of the bigger ones on the sled.
    The ends of the sled are adjustable plus there are 3 pointed bolts at each end that screw into the ends of the logs.
    The underside of the sled slides and is held in the mitre slide.
    Carbide tipped 1.3TPI blade makes short work of the cuts.
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    This is the smallest log.
    Only 3 of the pointed bolts make contact on this one so this is about the smallest size I can cut.
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    I cut 2 adjacent 90 sides using the sled and then revert to just using the BS fence to nickel up boards and squares.
    Wood is blander than I remember although there are some interesting greenish streaks in a couple of the logs.
    I seem to recall the green tinges eventually go brown.
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    BobL It seems that I have a similar bandsaw to the one used to size the Macadamia branches.
    The sled that you use looks good. Do you have a previous post that shows the sled in more detail?
    Regards. Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by BILLOJ View Post
    BobL It seems that I have a similar bandsaw to the one used to size the Macadamia branches.
    The sled that you use looks good. Do you have a previous post that shows the sled in more detail?
    Regards. Bill
    Bandsaw log cutting sled

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    Visited my BIL yesterday and showed him some pics of the cut up logs and he reminded me they're not Macadamia but Pistachio.
    Hence maybe the greenish stains?

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