|Project by Kevin_S||posted 12-04-2012 04:41 AM||5964 views||45 times favorited||20 comments|
I built this jig to mill some small applewood logs I had been tripping over for a couple years. The logs came from two apple trees I took out of my back yard. They had been poorly cared for by previous owners and were unhealthy. I sunk way too much time and effort into them before figuring out they just weren’t worth it. So I cut them down and set aside the logs with the idea I might “do something” with them someday.
When got to processing the logs recently I saw that they had split. I got a couple good chunks and then cut up the rest into firewood lengths. That’s when I noticed the splits weren’t that deep, so I went ahead and milled them anyway.
The jig is two pieces of plywood (my scrap pile keeps on giving) joined with adjustable braces. The braces each hold a T-bolt that rides in a T-slot I cut with my keyhole bit on the router. The jig has a cleat on the bottom that runs in the bandsaw’s miter slot. A couple roller stands help support the jig at the beginning and end of a cut. I use a couple screws through the upright support and into the log to secure it. I’ve seen similar jigs that grab the log from each end, but I went with the screws cuz they’re really quick and easy.
I cut a slab, loosen the braces, slide the log over, re-tighten the braces, and make the next cut. Works really well on the stuff I’ve milled so far and it’s enormously satisfying to turn a tree into useful wood and ultimately a finished project (I will post those soon). I highly recommend it. If you have some small logs or firewood you suspect of containing some nice wood, try milling it yourself. The worst that can happen is you have smaller firewood.