This is my first blog entry – up to now I’ve posted a few projects and thoroughly enjoyed all of your entries and great work.
This weekend, I finally put one of my latest toys together. It is a small 24” chainsaw mill from Panther Pros
I’ve never used an alaska type mill before, but I have seen a few related posts lately and keep thinking “Hey, I come across some pretty decent wood every now and then – wouldn’t one of these things be great to have around?” The mill itself is pretty inexpensive, and I picked up an old Husky saw with 28 inch bar on e-bay (even used, these high cc saws are pretty darned expensive)
Now, I have to say that practically speaking, there are quite a few shop tools that make a lot more sense for me to add or upgrade, but my favorite items tend to be ones that I actually found or salvaged myself…I like it when the work has a story behind it.
For my first test, I cut slabs out of the ~18 inch diameter trunk of a large bradford pear that blew over last year in my yard here in texas…nothing special and let me get the feel of the whole process. First observation – This is hard work! The saw and sled are heavy, and sawdust piles up like no tomorrow. But that said, once you get in the groove, it moves along rather well. I’m comfortable with chainsaws, but doing everything with the saw in the sled is a little clumsy (adding gas & oil, tightening the chain, even starting it)
Next up was this pretty walnut trunk that my 70 year old dad harvested for me dead on the stump from some of his land in South Carolina.
The stump is about 2.5 feet long by about 11 inch diameter at the thick end. I made this first cut with a 2×4 secured to the log and it worked well creating a nice surface for the next cuts.
I made two particularly thick slabs that I plan to turn into natural edge floating shelves after they finish drying. I plan to display some of my favorite turnings on these shelves.
And finally, two pictures of the final results. Cuts are quite nice and surface irregularities are between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch or so at the worst. It is not a big log, but it’s quite pretty and I wound up with 3 real nice slabs, and a couple of end pieces that I’ll have to figure out something to do with.
Cant wait to take it back to the southeast this summer and bring back a couple of 6’ long spalted maple and Cherry slabs :-)
As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome!
-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."