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Should I mill these logs on the BS or buy an Alaska Mill?

by JohnMcClure
posted 11-28-2017 09:22 PM

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#1 posted 11-28-2017 09:41 PM

Are you sure that band saw has the height capacity? Twelve inch diameter logs may be just on the edge of capacity for your saw. Either way, you’ve got your work cut out for you but a nice prize in the end.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#2 posted 11-29-2017 02:20 AM

Take the logs and run them over the jointer to get a flat surface first. That will give you some stability to cut them on the bandsaw. Many years ago I actually built a carriage assembly to mill logs on my Hitachi resaw. It has a 3 inch wide blade with stellite teeth and 3hp motor and 12 inch cut height.

Here’s a you tube video (not mine) of the resaw.

I gave up pretty quickly as the logs were heavier than I could manage and even 3hp was not enough (IMO) to do it efficiently. Local sawmills became my source after that…

With a few cherry logs, you can do it if you are careful. The biggest risk is that you’ll roll the log due to blade forces and damage your blade and/or ego.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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