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Split cedar shingles

Posted by Henry in MI on July 27th, 1999 12:08 AM
In reply to How do you split cedar shingles?? by Anders Steele on July 26th, 1999 10:34 AM [Go to top of thread]

Hi, Anders. I can't tell you directly, and the idea of sawing and splitting enough to do even a small roof gives me a migraine, but someone who does know is Roy Underhill, the host of "The Woodwright Shop" show on PBS. His books are listed at

I didn't wander around that site looking for an e-mail address for Mr. Underhill but I'll bet you can find one on that site or thru the University of North Carolina. I'm sure that you use a froh and mallet but I'm not sure how you orient the wood when splitting. Also, I'm not sure if you split freshly downed wood or after it has dried easier. I think that freshly downed wood splits easier though.

Good luck and better you than me.
Henry in MI

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