Chainsaw MIlling Bench May 2015

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Project by DocSavage45 posted 03-11-2016 04:42 AM 2181 views 6 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch



Spent most of the Spring through Winter involved in a “Chainsaw Madness.”

I began in May of 2015 building this Chain Saw Mill Bench. I searched the web and YouTube, but only found folks milling on the log where they had been cut on site. Needed something different as I have a compost site in my town and many logs are dropped off there to be burned.

This is my design and build to make milling of logs easier on my old back. LOL! It is constructed out of 2×6’s and 2×4’s. The length is 6 ft and the@ 3ft height is adjustable for terrain. The cradle has a shallow V groove. I’m thinking I need to make it deeper after using it for a while. It is made to be transported to the compost site or stored. It can also be adjusted to produce a downhill slant to have gravity assist.

Working outside under the Walnut tree umbrella. Using my big belt Sander to sand the construction lumber cut for the bench.

Drilled a lot of holes for assembly/disassembly of this bench. It is meant to be adjustable and portable so that I can take it to our Compost Site for milling lumber without stressing my old back. LOL!

Using carriage bolts for the legs and holding braces as well as securing the bracing to the horizontal framing. A lot of mechanical joining here folks.

Clamping screwing and aligning with a rubber mallet. The bench is assembled and about ready to go. There are V cuts to both cradle the log to be milled and to set the pitch/angle of the legs, which are adjustable in height for different terrains.

One of my yard cats giving his approval to the bench and a picture with the Kant hook and bracing while rolling a large branch/log from my Walnut tree cuttings.

The pattern of the slots top of the ramps and the angle from the bottom to facilitate the pitch/incline to roll the log onto the Chainsaw Mill Bench.

I refurbished an aluminum ladder that was owned by my neighbor who moved and left it to me. When I tested out this long ladder on a short log it proved somewhat unstable.

Due to the unwieldy nature of the long ladder. I cut it into 4 foot and a 6 foot section. I made wooden connectors with bolts to extend the ladder to the full 10 feet when using it on the ground at compost site. The short section of the ladder allows for more stability on smaller cuts such as the Walnut stump I’m working on here.

Thanks for checking it out.

Your comments, suggestions and clever thoughts are invited and appreciated.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 03-11-2016 05:39 AM

Nice solution and well thought out, Doc. I like how you made it portable and used the ladder. It looks like it will fit your needs. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#2 posted 03-11-2016 05:40 AM

Very impressive and well thought out project. I admire you ingenuity and fortitude required to mill your own lumber with a chain saw. I’ve always regarded my chinsaws as the most potentially dangerous tools I own and handling logs can be almost as dangerous. That being said, I’d like to make one observation that really concerns me from a safety standpoint, and that is the way you move a log up the ram from the downhill side, standinding directly behind the log on the downhill side (picture five on the right of the top picture). I’m not criticizing you, just pointing out a concern I’d have.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 07:02 AM


100% agreement. The bench will not be used for larger diameter logs, nor over 6 feet long. The length of the incline and low rise helps in managing the log. there are three slots in the bench for heavier stuff. I do have a winch sitting in a box that I hope to put on my truck to do the heavy work.

I will also use a 4×4 or other means as the logs get larger in diameter.

I bought all the saftey equipment as I agree with you. Next to my table saw thi is pretty scarey and demands respect.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-11-2016 07:07 AM


It’s not that portable. LOL! The carraige bolts have to be removed to dissassemble the cradles. It takes time but if there is lumber at the compost site it will be worth the set up and tear down time.

Second picture from bottom has wooden brackets that bolt in to increase the length.

The ladder is screwed to the log for the first cut. I have a 6 ft and a four foot section.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-11-2016 07:38 AM

Doc with a shave you are a Richard Dreyfus look a like!!!! What are you going to get out of that 3 incher???

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#6 posted 03-11-2016 08:10 AM

Do you have the same kind of neighbors I have, Tom? (Photo 5) They see you busting your hump on something, and don’‘t even think to ask if you’d like some help? Oddly, if any one of these stooges’ house was burning, I’d probably, automatically, run in to make sure everyone’s out.
Also, about your contraption: I know bad back, all too well (no LOL, here, on that score). But, a Peavey Hook, or any combination of fulcrum/lever will just as well move a log, one end at a time, up onto another log for elevation and saw clearance. And, if it’s still too low, there’s no rule against getting down on one or more knees to reduce the strain on the back. I don’t mean to sound critical, Tom. I just think like a guy who improvises a lot. (I play jazz on the piano – it’s in my blood.)

-- Mark

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#7 posted 03-11-2016 10:51 AM

Great effort on design and execution and I applaud your need to “do it yourself” but it’s way beyond my labor pay grade. lol

I prefer to locate rough lumber that someone has already toiled over but again, GREAT job and a real handy tool.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#8 posted 03-11-2016 01:06 PM

Nice design. You’re starting to enjoy this obsession.

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

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#9 posted 03-11-2016 02:19 PM

Hello Tom, very well engineered.

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#10 posted 03-11-2016 02:28 PM

Great job and great design. Strong and sturdy. This is the way to go. I’m sure you’ll be happy to made it. Well invested time my friend.



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#11 posted 03-11-2016 02:29 PM

Wow Tom
I had no Idea you were such a handsome devil,I just know deep down some day I will see you in a movie called “A Man & his Chainsaw Mill” LOL
A very good design ,you thought this one out very well.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 03-11-2016 03:37 PM

HI Tom, that looks like a pretty handy bench for milling you logs. The ramp will definitely save your back from having to lift those logs. Peter

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 03-11-2016 04:45 PM

Hey Tom, I love those. That’s way better than the way I’ve been doing it. I screwed short uprights on either end of some wooden sawhorses I’d made and arranged them in a T as shown.

One of those is perpendicular to the axis of the log and the other is parallel (and under) the axis of the log. I’d lift one end of the log and rest it on the perpendicular sawhorse and then pick up the other end and put it on the parallel horse on the uprights, then swing the first end onto the uprights at the other end, ending up as shown.

Needless to say, I like your setup better!

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#14 posted 03-11-2016 06:43 PM


Thanks. Maybe more like Charlie Sheen without my beard. when I worked in a prison many years ago and my hair was darker and longer they use to call me the “Wolfman.” LOL! The three inch piece is practice?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 03-11-2016 06:50 PM


My neighbors and I are not close, but they do tolerate the noise? LOL! Two of them stopped to see if I needed help when my truck died on the street recently. I can’t play the piano, guitar or trumpet. I tried. LOL! Ear hand problem. My wife plays guitar.

There are many solutions to a single problem. I’m told I “overbuild”! LOL1

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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