I have been looking at Mark Wilsons timber blog adventures and it reminded me of my attempts to do something similar August last year.
I heard a chain saw working and ventured out to find a pine tree getting cut down, I managed to skull drag two pieces back home.
They lay in the yard for some time and it got to the stage I wondered if I could actually use them,
the only tool to prep them was my bandsaw so I used it to set up my “sawmill”
I cut any sticks off with the bush saw and screwed my trueing board onto the log, set up rollers to balance everything so I could manage the log and feed it accurately into the bandsaw.
I made the first cut which took a considerable amount of time as I wanted a good datum line for the remainder.
Once this was done I reattached the log first cut down ready to go again.
The processing this time was a lot quicker and this was the result
As the results were motivating (little did I realise the damage being done) I continued on, I didnt need the trueing board any more and worked off the milled edges
Then cut side 3 and 4.
This was the final result a piece of pine about 100mm sq tucked away for air seasoning
What I failed to appreciate was that the sticky pine resin got everywhere, hands, clothing, bench, rollers, and most importantly right through my bandsaw, and as a result I spent the rest of the day cleaning the tyres and just about every other part of my bandsaw, along with any equipment I used.
My clothes went in the bin, and just to add insult to injury about 7 months later (Like Easter Just past) I checked the logs progress and I found it had developed a huge bow, so that signed its death sentence, no more never again will I do that!
I dug a hole lit a fire and burnt it.
I guess it wasnt a total waste, it made a great marshmellow toasting fire for the grandkids !
Some things you just shouldnt do to your bandsaw.
-- Regards Robert