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Forum topic by iSawitfirst posted 2392 days ago 3112 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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iSawitfirst

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2392 days ago

I’ve been given two large Pecan logs and, unfortunately, the only sawmills in my area want half the lumber to cut it. Has anyone made a jig for resawing using a chainsaw?

Thanks in advance.

Philip

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Bob #2

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#1 posted 2392 days ago

Phillip, Lee Valley sells a couple of different mills.
By the sound of things you may be able to proivde a service in your area as well
Cheers
Bob
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Daren Nelson

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#2 posted 2392 days ago

50/50 share cut on pecan sounds fair to me. How big a chainsaw do you have ? Good luck and have fun.

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Catspaw

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#3 posted 2392 days ago

Search threads here. There is one on this subject. oh wait….I dink with it…..Skill share…portable chainsaw guide.

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Recycler

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#4 posted 2389 days ago

If you have a hefty chainsaw, the Granbreg mill that Bob posted works well. I use that exact model with a Stihl 660. Be advised that it is a lot of work. Not that that’s bad, mind you, just wanted to mention it.

The best of both worlds, imo, is to use the chainsaw mill to take the logs down to pieces you can manage on your bandsaw.

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mot

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#5 posted 2389 days ago

That looks like one of those tasks where you wouldn’t mind falling on the saw when you’re done. Just to end they misery.

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Daren Nelson

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#6 posted 2389 days ago

That looks like one of those tasks where you wouldn’t mind falling on the saw when you’re done. Just to end they misery.
haha, mot it sounds like you have some experience with hickory (all pecans are hickory, not all hickories are pecan) They don’t rip/mill without a fight. Start with a $700+ chainsaw head, buy a spool of ripping chain and the “chainsaw mill” attachments….then work your butt off.
Good luck and have fun .

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#7 posted 2389 days ago

Sounds like (ahem) fun.

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poppy

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#8 posted 2388 days ago

Why don’t you contact the man that was going to saw these logs for you and tell him you will pay twice the sawing fee and you keep all the wood. You would probably save quite a bit of money and the time you would save by not being in the hospital with a broken back is priceless.

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8iowa

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#9 posted 2386 days ago

Check the phone book. Look for someone who has a Woodmaster portable bandsaw. I have a guy who will come to my place and saw the logs to my specifications, and it is not expensive – nor do I have to find some way to get heavy logs to a sawmill.

Even the portable bandsaw, with it’s 1/8 inch kerf, generates a huge pile of sawdust. A chainsaw would be much worse, representing many board feet lost to dust.

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