Milling #1: Milling my own wood

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Blog entry by Rogerdat posted 04-22-2013 01:30 AM 1922 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I just had a large maple tree taken don at my house and have decided to keep a few choice pieces to mill up and use in some future projects. Tree had to come down and just couldn’t bear to see it all go to the chipper and burn pile. I plan on milling it up with a granberg Alaskan chainsaw mill. I also grabbed up a few rip chains and fitted them onto my Husky 460. Here are a few pics. to start with. Will be posting up more pics. as I go.

I was finally able to start milling the first log. Was a little rough going at first. Ran into a few issues I did not account for. One of which was the brackets I had made to secure the ladder to the log were to long to fit between the mill rails. Easy remedy was shortening them to the same width as the ladder. Once I took care of that the operation went very smooth. One other thing I did to make the first cut a little easier was using a bit of oil on the top side rails of the ladder to reduce friction between the ladder and the mill rails. Here are a few of the pictures I snapped of the operation.

I used ramps, a peavey, and a 2×4 for a brake as I rolled the log up to a set of shortened saw horses.

Brace is leveled and screwed to both ends of the log.

Saw rides on the ladder rails for the first cut.

I used shims as I went along to prevent pinching.

This is the top slab after the cut.

This is the flat surface left from the first cut.

The rest of the slabs were cut to 10/4, stacked in order with stickers in between, and banded to prevent warping.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 03:16 PM

The logs look to be between 12 and 18” in diameter and they also look pretty straight. Good luck with the milling and I hope you’re able to use them for a nice heritage project.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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