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    V groove in log?

    Hello fellow woodworkers, I have a problem that has been causing me many sleepless nights. I have a vacation home with rustic furnishings. I have used pine logs and made everything from gun racks to end tables, beds, etc My problem.....I am wanting to build a standard dresser but on the edges of the front I want to use pine logs or limbs wrapping around the front and sides of the dresser from top to bottom. I need to cut a 90 degree V notch down the length of the log. Now keep in mind, there are many short stubs sticking out from the shaved log and the the logs are not always straight. The only thing I can think of is slicing the log in half with a bandsaw then cutting one of the peices in half again then gluing the half and 1/4 peice back together. forming the V groove but this would leave an unsightly glue joint. I'm open to all suggestions and ideas. Thanks in advance.

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    Yadon't happen to have a picture of the log doya. it might make it easier to figure somthing out.
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    take and attach something to the end of the log to make it square. that can be removed later, run the saw down one side at 45 degrees and then run it down the other side at 45 degrees. that will give you your notch .. then dismantle your temporary ends or sides that were there just for the justification of your log.
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    were it me, i would leave the logs alone. i would have the 4 straightest for the legs, cut dadoes for the side and back panels, then use mortise and tenon joints to put everything together for the frame.
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    How about using a chain saw, cut halfway through, rotate and finish the v?

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    I think a sled as Larry suggests is the safest option. That's how I'd tackle that cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    take and attach something to the end of the log to make it square. that can be removed later, run the saw down one side at 45 degrees and then run it down the other side at 45 degrees. that will give you your notch .. then dismantle your temporary ends or sides that were there just for the justification of your log.
    I would go for Larry's suggestion, having in mind that depending on how crooked or stubs the log has the depth of the groove will not be equal along its length, and this will affect the fitting of the drawer fronts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    I would go for Larry's suggestion, having in mind that depending on how crooked or stubs the log has the depth of the groove will not be equal along its length, and this will affect the fitting of the drawer fronts
    I was thinking a sled also but figured that if I could see a picture I'd know better how it would work
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    hey thats ok Don you can have first dibs on the prize
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