Shop-Made Firewood Log Mill for Bandsaw

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Project by AffineCreations posted 02-06-2013 02:57 PM 5507 views 62 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I discovered the local guy selling me firewood had some interesting logs included in the bundle I got. I’ve had good luck slicing up the logs. In particular, last autumn I used some logs to make Serving Trays, which sold out at Maker Faire NYC. So time to repeat. But the hard part was getting the cuts started on the irregularly shaped logs. Then I saw the Carter Products Log Mill. And my second thought was as an alleged woodworker, why buy what I can make. Besides, the shop is supposed to be self-supporting. And thus was born my shop-made firewood mill.

As the photos show, mounted on a 3/4” MDF base are two vertical supports, each with a grid of pointy screws to grab the ends of the log. The back support is movable, into whose bottom I have routed 1/4” grooves. These mate with the corresponding grooves I’ve cut into the top of the base. A 1/4” screw is used to secure the back support to the base but due to the interlocking grooves, the screw doesn’t have to carry the tension created by clamping a log. No slipping and losing control of a log in the middle of a bandsaw cut.

To clamp a log in place, the back screw plate is pushed into the log via a pair of knobbed screws. I still need to perfect this arrangement. For now I need an extra clamp to keep the back screw plate from levering out and not biting into the log. As whole, the grid of screws front and back work well for allowing me to carefully position the log for the first cut. Once a log is mounted, the whole affair is hoisted onto the bandsaw table and a runner fits into the bandsaw’s miter slot to keep the whole thing cutting straight.

After the first cut to the log, I remove it and now have flat face to rest on the bandsaw table and from here it is straightforward the cut another flat face normal to the first. And from there the process of resawing the log into usable pieces is easy.

-- - Nicholas, Silver Spring, MD

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 03:09 PM

Now that is one cool jig. Very effective and useful. Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 03:42 PM

Great approach—looks simple and sturdy. I like it!

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 03:55 PM

Thanks, I’m going to build one of these for sure. Some of those hefty logs can really challenge me. Usually I ask the hubby to do it just until it gets to a manageable size for me.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 04:16 PM

Very good. I was having the problem with pieces of firewwod i wanted to use for pen blanks. Great idea and project.

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 04:55 PM

Very nice Jig!

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 06:10 PM

Way to think outside the box. I really like your DIY mill.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 08:13 PM

Nice project! You’re brilliant!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 10:38 PM

Very nice project

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 12:02 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

Keep an eye open for the new run of Serving Trays I am making. May take a while since part of the finishing involves Walnut Oil, which is slow to dry. But does a great job bringing out the color in the wood.

-- - Nicholas, Silver Spring, MD

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#10 posted 02-07-2013 01:11 AM

Nice idea as well as being uncomplicated : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 02:18 AM

This is one of the nicer diy log mills. Thanks for posting, I do need to make one soon. Perhaps I may borrow a few ideas.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 04:29 AM

nice one… on my list now

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#13 posted 02-07-2013 10:24 AM

Masses favorited it but only a few comments… Well, I say this is a great project, efficient and clean setup. Thanks for sharing.
And special thanks for making me thinking of milling firewood. It could justify buying a descent band saw. (As a side note; drawers are woodeaters but they usually need only short stock.)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#14 posted 02-07-2013 03:29 PM

Thanks for posting this Nicholas.

I’ve made some boards from “firewood”, but without a jig. This looks perfect for my needs.

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#15 posted 02-08-2013 02:49 AM

Post a video on how it works.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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