|Review by Elizabeth||posted 03-15-2013 03:45 PM||6522 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I have been eying this bandsaw log mill for a couple of years now, and decided to use some Christmas money to finally get one. I got to play with it over the last couple of evenings, working with a piece of maple that I got off of Craigslist last year for free. It was green when I got it but has been drying in my shop and is now at about 12% moisture.
Assembly of the mill is pretty straightforward. It’s HEAVY so make sure you have a large clear spot on your work surface. The most fiddly part of assembly was two strips of low-friction material that you stick on to the bottom of the board.
I have a Grizzly 14” bandsaw and the table is 14” square. That’s a little small for this mill – like I said, it’s heavy, and it’s difficult to control the weight at the end of the cut. So I’ll be making an outfeed table for it at some point soon. It can cut logs up to 21 inches in length.
Aside from some minor drift and tension problems, which are not the fault of the Accuright Log Mill, the milling of this piece of maple was very straightforward. Stick it on the log mill, tighten it down (involves adjusting hex screws for length and diameter), cut one side flat. Go slowly, and wear ear protection if nothing else, as it was LOUD. Loosen it off with a single hand knob, turn 90 degrees, tighten it down again with the knob, and cut a second flat side. Set the mill aside, set your fence to your desired thickness, and resaw the log using your two flat sides against fence and table. Easy!
Be sure to use substantial pushsticks to keep your fingers safe, and if your gut is telling you something is not right, listen to it. There’s no such thing as BandSawStop!