Lumber Making #5: Saw and Milling Attachment Procured

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Blog entry by Dorje posted 11-05-2007 05:59 AM 3293 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another step in the process: I was able to get out and pick up the saw, a Stihl 046, and the 36” Alaskan mill.

I may not realistically get to the cutting stage for another week or two, but the excitement has not passed. I’m looking forward to it…just need to find a whole day that I can take to work on this…and those are rare! I’m also working on a bed frame – so there’s gonna be some juggling of time and resources around here!

Also, I may look into getting a ripping chain for this set up in the interim. Also, I’d like to record (video) some of the milling process if possible – for the fun of it. Not sure if I’ll be able to swing that though!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 11-05-2007 06:01 AM

Good tool. Keep us in the loop

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 11-05-2007 06:04 AM

I am excited to see this in action! I have always wondered about these.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 11-05-2007 08:21 AM

Sounds like fun to me, Free wood and all it takes is some elbow grease and time – gotta love it!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 11-05-2007 01:19 PM

one step closer… yah, pretty exciting

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 11-05-2007 02:51 PM

I got one of those little jobs that you set on a 2×4 or 2×6 but have never tried it out but plan to. I loaned it out to a friend who lives up north and he’s a truck driver, so the last time I saw him I told him to bring it back cause I wanted to try it out. It looks like it will work, but also looks very labor intensive. Hope yours isn’t. Can’t wait to see yours in action. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 11-05-2007 04:17 PM

Stihl Rocks!

Singing like the little guy in the Geico commercial: “It’s my birthday, new Stihl chainsaw and Alaskan mill, it’s my birthday… ” :-) I have three Stihl chainsaws – an 026 with a 20” bar and an 066 with 32” and 48” bars (petrol versions) and and E-220 with 20” and 32” bars (top of the line electric) and love them all.

I’ve used Alaskan mills before and I can tell you that they do indeed work and will produce all of the lumber you care to cut. It’s physically challenging work, but then using an 066 all day long with a 48” bar will redefine your idea of hard work, especially when its 105 degrees outside with 100% humidity and you’re wearing full surround chainsaw chaps cutting in full sun. :-o

I have a friend with an 090 that has a 72” bar mounted and I’ve used that many times as well. Every time I do, I wish I looked more like Popeye or maybe “Arnold” the Governor of California. Massive forearms really help when the bar is six feet long…

You’re going to making some really nice lumber with that rig, just don’t forget to cut some thicker slabs for bowl blanks… :-) Remember, a bowl a day keeps the doctor away! Take care and all the best to you and yours!

Steve Russell
The Woodlands, Texas

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 11-05-2007 04:22 PM

Yep, we’re all waiting with bated breathe.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 11-05-2007 06:13 PM


Let me know if you need any help. I’ve never milled any logs before, but if you need muscle moving the logs around I have that :).

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#9 posted 11-05-2007 11:22 PM

Dorje, Good luck with that Big log I am seriously envious – I would suggest getting it onto flat and level ground before you start to mill it – it will save you a grate deal of trouble and increase the safety tremendously.

If you can get an extra pair or 2 pairs of hands take them with you – it is a lot of log to roll on your own.
I really look forward to seeing the progress and the end results. I should be starting my lumber cutting again in the next couple of weeks – the ground is now frozen, so it is time to harvest the trees.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#10 posted 11-05-2007 11:30 PM

Likes like loads of fun to me also. And alot of hard work, but the what isn’t.

I want to see how this works out for you.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 11-06-2007 12:50 AM

That is a sweet set up.
Why the long bar for the Mill?
I didn’t think the 046 could cut that wide.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 11-06-2007 04:58 AM

I’m a Stihl Man too!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 11-06-2007 05:16 AM

I just got a call from the friend that owns this set-up…he asked if I might want to buy it!

I just may have to do that! If I can scrape up the funds!

Mike – I’ll send you a PM so we can get in touch. The more the merrier!

Bob – can you clarify your question on the long bar…do you mean on the saw or on the mill itself? I think the bar on the saw is a 32” – may be it’s max…I have to do more research…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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