Chainsaw Milling with the Alaskan Mill!

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Blog entry by Jeepin85CJ7 posted 12-27-2015 03:24 AM 1276 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the obsession has finally began! I have been waiting and researching for the Alaskan Mill for about a year now. Santa took good care of me and I couldn’t wait to begin the first cut. Me and my Brother-in-law have been cutting down trees and getting them ready for this moment, I knew it would come soon enough.

I wanted this mill to begin feeding my hobby. We started asking a few people and we have found a substantial number of free tree’s that we just have to remove and bring home. Today was the first day that we got to use the mill and we practiced on a not as nice piece of Red Oak from a dead tree.

It was an absolute blast to see the lumber appear from a section of a tree that would have been used for firewood. The tough part is to now wait for the lumber to dry until we can begin building all the furniture we can imagine with the free wood we have milled.

This is a great way to keep yourself well fed in wood. Hopefully in 6-12 months, We will have so much lumber, I won’t know what to do with it all.

I did a lot of reading online about how much you need to invest to begin this process and its no where near what I read. I started milling lumber with an out of the big box store firewood saw (Husqvarna 460). If you are remotely interested, do some research and start cutting the logs, you won’t regret it.

I have attempted to attach a few pictures of the end result and the beginning of the milling process.

Sorry for babbling and I hope this is in the right section for this off the wall topic – but I had to share.

Thanks again for reading – Bobby

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 08:14 AM

Better make sure to end seal or you will be wasting a lot of lumber.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 08:27 AM

I use the Alaskan mill together with my Stihl MS661 and rip chain. It seems to me that the rip filled chain produce a more smooth surface than the normal filled croscut chain. Using the Grandberg ripping chain I’ve made some really smooth boards in red oak and in european oak.
Just keep your chains really sharp and sharpen them before you think you need, that keeps the cutting speed up and puts less stress on the powerhead.

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 10:08 PM

Its funny because I am working on ordering both the ripping chain and the end sealer – I have realized how needed both are.

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 12:57 AM

Congrats on your success with your new toy. This is definitely a sport for the young and strong. My experience doing it like you are makes me appreciate my Woodmizer band mill every time I use it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 12-29-2015 02:36 AM

Congrats, we’ll wait for the furniture to be posted

-- Norman

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#6 posted 12-29-2015 02:41 AM

Started with a chainsaw mill for 2 years and then switched to a much larger bandsaw mill. It is a major addiction.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-29-2015 03:51 AM

Which setup did you get? Im also very interested in this.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#8 posted 12-29-2015 03:06 PM

I can’t wait for the furniture either, I already have a nice solid Roubo Bench picked out for the nice Oak. As for the set up, it is the MKIII Alaskan with the 36” rails, it is a great process, there is some work involved – mainly sharpening the chainsaw all the time. So far so good. we have a lot of logs to mill and dry so we will be busy for the next few months.

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