Building a bench?  Making fence post rails? This is how I split a large and heavy Popular log lengthwise.  In our case it was because it was too large to hand load.  It was a spur of the moment find and I had few tools to work with.  I think the key here is a very sharp chainsaw and lots of wedges.  Even with about half of the tools I needed, we still managed to pull it off and save a valuable log from being cut up for firewood.
<p>Improvise, adapt, overcome; the true essence of <br>craftsmanship.</p><p>I like poplar myself- painted it makes a durable project, <br>unfinished it makes a serviceable secondary wood for drawer sides and backs, <br>etc.</p>
<p>Did you use a ripping blade on your chainsaw? Regular chainsaw blades are made for crosscutting.</p>

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