Trimming and Planing Rough-Cut Wood For Efficient Dendrochronological Sample Preparation and Storage
Wood samples larger than increment cores collected for tree-ring studies are often obtained using chainsaws and, less frequently, 2-person crosscut saws. Saw marks on cross-sectional wood samples can be quite deep and uneven, and sanding rough-cut wood cross-sections is inefficient in terms of processing time and wear on sanding belts. Trimming rough-cut wood samples with a band saw or treating with a surface planer creates a smoother initial surface for sample sanding and polishing. Sample trimming with a band saw or surface planer is also useful for post-analysis archiving and wood storage, when excess wood can be removed and smaller samples entered into storage. Band saw and surface planer safety techniques are also discussed.
Minor, J. Jesse, and Alexis H. Arizpe. "Trimming and Planing Rough-Cut Wood For Efficient Dendrochronological Sample Preparation and Storage." Tree-ring research 71.2 (2015): 130-134.