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    How should i cut wood for skinnies?

    My town had a windstorm and i've got a lifetime supply of pine and maple. All of it is logs. I literally have any size and length of wood, but i don't know how to split/cut it.

    i have no powertools, just 4in. nails and wood wood wood. i'm new to riding skinnies and building them, so nothing technical. just to get over a creek. how do i cut and nail them? i'll get a pic tomorrow of what i've started so far.

    any pics/tips for easy to make, small berms and skinnies would be great. thats why i like these forums.

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    get the bark off the pines or they will rot pretty quickly. i used a lawn ax to cut a flat side on my log skinny.
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    Buy a chainsaw and safety equipment for it.

    Google safety and learn how to use it so you don't hack your leg off.

    http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ageng/safety/ae1025w.htm
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    yeah i started some of it before i posted the thread, and stopped because i thought i was doing it wrong. the nails were WAY too big, and started to split the maple pieces i had slapped on the main beams. today i split all the pine and just did it the old fashion way, like you said: get a lawn axe and make it somewhat flat.
    i finished it today, using smaller nails on the rest of it, and its very sturday. about 10 feet long. hopefully when i remember and feel not lazy, i'll get a pic. in here. a lot more are soon to come now that i have the making process down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmetheNewGuy
    yeah i started some of it before i posted the thread, and stopped because i thought i was doing it wrong. the nails were WAY too big, and started to split the maple pieces i had slapped on the main beams. today i split all the pine and just did it the old fashion way, like you said: get a lawn axe and make it somewhat flat.
    i finished it today, using smaller nails on the rest of it, and its very sturday. about 10 feet long. hopefully when i remember and feel not lazy, i'll get a pic. in here. a lot more are soon to come now that i have the making process down.
    Photos or it didn't happen....

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    I felled a tree today on my property and I ended up with a 40 foot section that was nice and straight. What is the easiest way to cut the flat spot along the top? Do you usually use a chainsaw or just notch it every few inches with a saw chip it away with an axe?

    Thanks.

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    Rule #1:

    Don't use nails.

    Use hex-headed lag bolts.

    Pre-drill pilot holes for the ladder pieces, and possibly for the stringers, if they too are prone to cracking.

    Nails are close to useless.
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    Lawn Ax

    Quote Originally Posted by Megashnauzer
    get the bark off the pines or they will rot pretty quickly. i used a lawn ax to cut a flat side on my log skinny.
    Show us a picture of this lawn ax! Not sure what you are using and always looking for more tools. We use a chain saw to run the log flat.

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