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#1272926 - 02/13/08 09:08 AM
how to split fieldstone
fishermatt Offline
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Registered: 09/21/01
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Loc: Otter Tail County, MN, USA
Wanting go make a wall of split field stone. Is there a specific method for splitting the stones to make a flat side? I have lots of rocks that are about 4-6" across, and I like the "split" look.

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#1273067 - 02/13/08 10:50 AM
Re: how to split fieldstone [Re: fishermatt]
IFallsRon Offline
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Registered: 07/05/01
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Loc: St. Cloud. MN
A wide rock chisel and BFH or buy precast at Menards.
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#1273099 - 02/13/08 11:08 AM
Re: how to split fieldstone [Re: IFallsRon]
anyfishwilldo Offline
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When I built the fireplace in my last house I built a jig for my press. Put some pressure on them and one smack with the hammer, split.

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#1273174 - 02/13/08 11:58 AM
Re: how to split fieldstone [Re: IFallsRon]
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"BFH" Nice! LOL!

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#1274090 - 02/13/08 08:37 PM
Re: how to split fieldstone [Re: Coach Dog]
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Registered: 07/18/02
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Loc: Valparaiso, IN Porter
I once visited a quarry in Wisconsin where they sold and distributed large granite Wisconsin bolders. The owner's kids were present and there was a large pile of split field stones. I asked the kids how they split those field stone and they showed me a very large maul and they simply hauled off and wacked the stones to split them. They told me it was punishment if they screwed up at school or something. Good Luck.
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#1274501 - 02/14/08 08:13 AM
Re: how to split fieldstone [Re: FOOTDOC]
fishermatt Offline
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Registered: 09/21/01
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Loc: Otter Tail County, MN, USA
I think my plan is coming together.... Couple cases of brew, 3-5 buddies, get the Courage up, then say: Who's the Man here!! :-)

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#1274759 - 02/14/08 10:26 AM
Re: how to split fieldstone [Re: fishermatt]
TRITC Offline
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Registered: 09/11/02
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Loc: Forest Lake, MN
...and don't forget the safety glasses along with the beer glasses.
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#1276038 - 02/15/08 05:38 AM
Re: how to split fieldstone [Re: fishermatt]
CFRay Offline
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Registered: 01/07/05
Posts: 349
Loc: St. Cloud, MN
There is a device called a Hydrasplit, made by Park Industries, intended for splitting stone. It may be available for rent at some locations. Foot pump a small bottle jack, two steel jaws, loud noise = split stone.
Good Luck!
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