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    Chainsaw mills (or old geezers sawing planks)

    Hey there ya’ll -- Cleat and I have been helping a friend, Fred, cut some barn boards and batten stock with his chainsaw mill off and on for the last few weeks. I mentioned that sometime down the road I’d like to get a substantial trestle table built for my place. He allowed that there was a nice Lodge Pole pine on the hill I could have if I wanted it. Well, that was a no-brainer. Liked the table material so much, I decided to do the face frames and doors of my yet to be built kitchen cabinet fronts out of the same tree. I have the carcasses built with temporary counter tops, but hadn’t made a decision on the material for the door and drawer fronts as of yet. Here is a run down on the mill in case any of you all get a hankering to try it. I didn’t have my camera with me for the table material, but here is how the kitchen material went.

    The mill itself is a frame work of tubes and bars that clamp to the chainsaw bar. In the pictures you will see two vertical square tubes that constitute the depth of cut adjustment.

    Fred had built a crude table to get the logs up off the ground and it makes for easier and less fatiguing cutting. He can lift a log up and set it on the table with his tractor.

    Removing the bark also eliminates a lot of dirt and debris that can dull chains. Removing lumps and knots follows to allow the “first cut plank” to sit fairly flat atop the log. My Gransfors Bruks ax, a work of art in itself, makes short work of this job. http://gransfors.com/

    After the first slice off the plank, the mill guides ride on the log itself. Then it’s just a matter of repeating the operation for four more logs. I cut 3” thick planks for the table stock. I cut some more 3” as well as some 2” for the kitchen cabinet stock. The thicker material takes somewhat longer to air dry, but seems to stay truer with less cupping and twisting. Eventually it will be re-sawn and planed to thickness.

    Here are some pictures. Get a big bowl of pork rinds and a beer, pull up a chair, and enjoy. Best regards. Wind

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