Milling Logs Without Band Saw

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Forum topic by pete79 posted 11-11-2009 04:45 PM 1590 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2009 04:45 PM

This may be a lost cause, but I figured it’s worth a shot….

We recently had our old maple tree in the yard trimmed significantly, and I had the trimmer leave me 3 logs that are each about 6 feet long and maybe 8 inches in diameter. I was hoping to somehow use these for some sort of project, but unfortunately I don’t have a bandsaw big enough to mill this down into something useable. The logs aren’t so large that I would consider it worth it to haul them to a mill, so I’m curious if anyone has any creative and SAFE ideas on how I could get these down to something workable? The tools I have to use are a tablesaw, circular saw, scroll saw, couple handsaws, manual tree saw, router (i’ll be shocked if someone has an idea for that), and an axe.

Any ideas would be appreciated, otherwise my next project may be one of those $200 pottery barn sanded logs that I can’t believe people pay for.

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 07:13 PM

An axe would work, and some wedges. Riving instructions

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 09:30 PM

I’d say pick up a hatchet and a block plane. Square up the logs then kiln them or wait for them to dry. Once dry you’ll be able to throw them on your table saw, depending on max height your blade will go.

Say you end up with a 5” square piece. Cut 2” on one side, flip it over and cut 2” on that side. Finish up the middle with a handsaw to prevent your blade being pinched and ending up in an unsafe situation.

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#3 posted 11-11-2009 09:30 PM

Oh, and the router comes in later. Do a google for router as a planer or edge jointer.

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#4 posted 11-11-2009 09:35 PM

You might check with some of the portable mill manufacturers and see if they have a list of customers in your area that own a portable mill.

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#5 posted 11-12-2009 12:04 AM

i mill all my logs on my table saw if you’re interested send me a message and i’ll tell u by detail how

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