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Shop-Made Firewood Log Mill for Bandsaw

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Project by AffineCreations posted 536 days ago 4038 views 60 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 http://AffineCreations.com





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 536 days ago

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

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

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bryson

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#2 posted 536 days ago

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

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dee2

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#3 posted 536 days ago

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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duckmanwv

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#4 posted 536 days ago

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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Blackie_

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#5 posted 536 days ago

Very nice Jig!

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 536 days ago

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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Surfside

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#7 posted 536 days ago

Nice project! You’re brilliant!

www.bandsawparts.com

-- "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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Bill_N

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#8 posted 536 days ago

Very nice project

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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AffineCreations

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#9 posted 536 days ago

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 http://AffineCreations.com

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 536 days ago

Nice idea as well as being uncomplicated : )

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

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clieb91

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#11 posted 536 days ago

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.

CtL

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

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Lumberpunk

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#12 posted 536 days ago

nice one… on my list now

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JohnnyStrawberry

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#13 posted 536 days ago

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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toddbeaulieu

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#14 posted 535 days ago

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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Cozmo35

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#15 posted 535 days ago

Post a video on how it works.

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

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