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Hand hewing logs6/10
Hello, I have pine logs that I just cut and want to hand hew. Do you think using a circular saw and a small hatchet will be suffifient? I dont have a broad axe. I am making 6x6 in. posts only 7 ft. long. Also, what are your recommendations for a decent draw knife?
Depends on what you want to end up with and how much work you are willing to put into the project.
A hand hatchet will not substitute for a broadaxe, and I don't know what you mean by a circular saw. If you mean a circular sawmill and you plan to hack up the surface a bit to make it look like it was hand hewn then the answer is up to whoever decides if it actually looks enough like hand hewn to be acceptable.
If on the other hand you have a goodish pile of logs and plan to attack them with a contractor hand circular saw and a hatchet then you are being unrealistic. The minimum would be a chain saw done up as an Alaskan mill.
For your use the best drawknife is the biggest and heaviest one you can find on Ebay or where ever. (Presuming you are going to use it to process logs into posts or beams.)
If you what to hand hew ... buy a broadaxe. (Pretty much by definition and cheap enough second hand) How many hours are you willing to put in with the wrong tool?
Start by having your pine logs cut into square beams at the mill (or on site) and then distress them until they appear completely hand-hewn.
The traditional tool for finishing out the surface of a hand-hewn beam is a carpenter's adze.
You can also re-create the look with a hand held power plane set-up with convex knives or a cutter head (you just scoop it out all over). After that you might sand-blast the beams for a "weathered" look.