How do I cut long slabs of Mesquite wood?

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Forum topic by SouthTXHuntingGuide posted 11-10-2009 06:51 PM 1320 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2009 06:51 PM

I just had a bunch of Mesquite furniture made for my wife’s day spa and am thinking about getting into making some myself. I run a big (13,000 acre) hunting ranch that’s COVERED in mesquite; so I have access to lots of trees. The guys that did the work for me use chain saws to cut the slabs and then they hand plane them. Is there a better way/tool to cut the slabs more cleanly and with a really uniform thickness?

I googled a little and found portable mills but they only seem good for cross sections and I want to cut lengthwise slabs. Am I missing something with these portable mills?

Obviously I’m a newbie- so go easy on me guys! LOL!

If you know of a better tool, can you give me a link to it??



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#1 posted 11-10-2009 07:15 PM

Portable mills aren’t for cross cutting although I suppose they could. I use a Jonsered 2095 chainsaw mill and saw up to 20 feet lengths.

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 11:24 PM has a very active milling community, nice guys.

Sorry if it’s rude to cross-reference a non-sponsoring community site.

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 11:59 PM

I agree with Nathan. Go over there and I’m sure Daren and texas timbers will give you all the help you need.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#4 posted 11-11-2009 01:01 AM

with a portable mill the log lays on the track and the mill head rolls on the track where the band saw blade cuts it . where in tx are you i’m finishing a mill we could help each other out , brian

-- gagewestern

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#5 posted 12-10-2009 04:43 AM

Buy a Timberking 1220, you won’t regret it.

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