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Home Made Alaskan Mill #1: Take one on Alaskan Mill I made

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Blog entry by Will Merrit posted 01-08-2016 09:57 PM 564 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have been bit by the woodworking bug. The evolution to the point where this blog comes in has taken a relatively short time. I have always wanted a shop for my various handy-man tools and such but back in March of 2015 around the birth time of my 3rd daughter I got sucked into woodworking. I cannot really explain how it started as I believe the desire had always been there just had never reached the combustion point. My wife and I decided we would save our $$ over the summer while working out of town to build the shop, (financing is not a option). You can check out my shop over in that section of my page.

The shop was completed in October just 4 months after we broke ground, doing all the work ourselves. And it was not even a month and I started wanting to mill my own lumber, not necessarily to use but as a hobby. I will use it but since we have 5 kids from age 13 and down there is no way I can spend that much time in the shop, keep a full time job and not neglect the family. Nevertheless, I wanted to build a Alaskan.


I got some plans from a sketchup model found here https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=u8a244544-02f8-4854-a360-e8af8e498201 and did some minor mods. I bought the 1” and 3/4” tubing and went over to a buddies house who had a wire welder. We knocked out the whole fabrication in about 2 hours.

Then came the fun part, I had some really nice red cedar that came from our place in Natchez, MS and I wanted to give that a try first. Below are the results.

Here are a shot from the mill in action, this was taken during a video that will be posted later to my youtube channel where you can find other videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJ3jqlIJfSa9b8quPRRYJg

Just for fun here a few pictures of slabs off of the massive cedar stump I have as well.

I did have some problems with the saw seeming a bit underpowered, its only a 55cc. I had some other issues related to not having a good reference surface to begin with I believe but I will experiment in the next go around.

If you have any suggestions on what I can do with this beautiful wood let me know I am “stumped”



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