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PG_Zac

366 posts in 1975 days


1970 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: milling jig alaskan norfolk log chainsaw

Sometimes, while chatting to woodworkers, I mention that I have rescued a few (metric) tons of wood of various species from going to waste. This is usually in log form, and most woodworkers ask how I make it usable. Well, I mill it myself, with my self-built Alaskan mill.

Several people off-forum have expressed an interest in how I do it, so here is the first installment. I have done a few logs before now, but this is the first time I have recorded the process rather than the final result on camera.

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We are moving house to a small farm / large smallholding, and I had to cut some of my logs to make them transportable. Rather than cutting final thickness planks as I’ve done in the past, I have just taken large slices which I will resaw later, sometime after the move.

This first log is the bottom piece of a Norfolk Pine that was felled for development in November or December 2006. I had previously spoken to the local tree feller, and asked him to let me know when he had I job I might be interested in helping him remove. We cut the trunk into sections that his six laborers could manhandle onto our pickup.

This piece has been stored unprotected like this for the last two years or so. I put the helmet on it for visual scale.

Step 1:
Fix guide rail to log with screws.

Step 2:
Run Alaskan and chainsaw through log (oops no picture of the process) and open it to reveal the beauty inside. Looking at the outside of the log, and knowing how it was stored, I fully expected the inside to be ugly.

Step 3:
Rotate log 90 degrees and refix guide rail. Unfortunately, my chainsaw is too short to go through this log at its thickest point, so I have to have slabs with one cut edge instead of two live edges like I would prefer.

Step 4:
Remove the guide rail and run the Alaskan on the newly cut face to get a slab. (sorry no picture) Keep cutting slabs until you’re done.

This is the detail revealed when I opened the third cut.

This log was stored under less than ideal (or even advisable) conditions, as proven by the growing mushrooms on the central slab.

So I have a couple of slabs 22cm thick by 49cm wide, and 3 hefty slabs with a flat face and a curved face.

Later I’ll load some pics of the Wild Plum I also did on the same day. There is also a picture of the saw and jig in action.

It was not a fun day because it was raining the whole time, but the result made it rewarding.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.


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Daren Nelson

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#1 posted 1970 days ago

Cool, keep the pictures coming, I like rescue wood.

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 1970 days ago

That was a good days labor I’ll bet. Norfolk Island Pine is highly sought after by turners for translucency and the way that branches run off the main trunk in opposing pairs which makes a design element. I hope you saved some chunks. Can’t wait to see the plum…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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PG_Zac

366 posts in 1975 days


#3 posted 1970 days ago

Yeah is was a good (but exhausting) day. I had no idea what Norfolk Pine was until I read a turning book a few years ago. In that book were some translucent lamps turned from NP – Stunning.

Yes Douglas, I saved some chunks ;) I got the whole tree trunk from the base shown in this post all the way to where the trunk had reduced to about 4” diameter.

Here is the largest of the two piles before my slicing day started.

The Wild Plum Post is here http://lumberjocks.com/topics/6666#reply-67166

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#4 posted 1969 days ago

Wow, that stack looks delicious! I’ll pour salad dressing all over it. I would love to rip through that! What it smell like?

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PG_Zac

366 posts in 1975 days


#5 posted 1969 days ago

Hey Blue, I have no idea what it smelled like. It was raining, my sinuses were blocked and the chainsaw exhaust covered the smell.

Good question, does anyone know what freshly sawn Norfolk smells like?

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#6 posted 1969 days ago

I just checked agian, I thougth it was plum. Pine probably smells like pine….unless it smells like pine….aaa clementine.

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hotstick

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#7 posted 1968 days ago

GREAT IDEA!! Your mill is intriguing. I have been looking at buying one, but yours looks better than theirs. How about some pictures of your wonderful machine?

Thanks
C Tubbs

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oldskoolmodder

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#8 posted 1968 days ago

I’m interested too in seeing more about the equipment you use for this. I’d really like more details on the “contraption” you have built for the chainsaw to ride in and on, so I can try cutting my own lumber from fallen trees in my yard.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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PG_Zac

366 posts in 1975 days


#9 posted 1966 days ago

I did the original design in MS Visio of all things, but this past weekend I finished converting the design into SketchUp. I will post it separately within the next few days.

Before you use that design, note that I am busy revising the design to fix some of the issues I have with the current one. I should be posting the (unproven) revised design within the next week or two.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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PG_Zac

366 posts in 1975 days


#10 posted 1965 days ago

The Jig design is here:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/6756

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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