Florida Chainsaw Mill

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Project by swirt posted 02-01-2020 04:12 PM 2765 views 15 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Florida Chainsaw Mill came to me in a fit of inspiration as I was looking at the flat concrete slab of the driveway outside my workshop. Who needs to go carrying a flat reference surface into the woods to do slabbing… Alaskan mill users, that’s who. In Florida, a less backbreaking method is preferred. So I set to mounting my Black & Decker 18” electric chainsaw to a walker and let the legs of the walker reference off the flat surface of my driveway. The surface does not have to be level, just flat. With the electric chainsaw, it could be even used in a garage, using the garage floor as the reference surface.

I filed the profile of the teeth on the chain for ripping and put it to use. With this size saw and walker, it can handle logs up to 16” in diameter. WIth a 20” or 24” bar and a walker made for wide people, you could handle bigger logs. This is easy to make, easy to use and much less backbreaking than an Alaskan sawmill.

Source: More photos and details for the Florida Chainsaw Mill

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 02-01-2020 05:03 PM

That is one seriously creative idea.

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#2 posted 02-01-2020 06:10 PM

Here I am looking at the calendar to make sure it isn’t April first today. I was certain one of us was confused about the date.

Then I clicked the link for more info, and saw the picchurs.


-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 02-01-2020 06:14 PM

Where there is a will there is a way. I have never looked at a walker and pictured a chainsaw mill. Great work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-01-2020 07:04 PM

Brilliant – work smarter not harder. Putting this on my list of things to try.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#5 posted 02-01-2020 09:37 PM


-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 02-01-2020 09:56 PM

Absolutely brilliant! Well done! I like your website as well.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 02-01-2020 10:01 PM

That’s great and cheaper than an extension ladder

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#8 posted 02-01-2020 10:19 PM

Friggin slick!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 02-01-2020 10:27 PM

Thanks all for your kind comments.

@theRealSteveN I thought about holding the post until April 1st but then figured it would be hard convincing anybody it was something other than a joke.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 02-02-2020 12:19 AM

Very ingenious! I gotta build one of these.

-- AJ

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#11 posted 02-02-2020 02:39 AM

finally something to give grandma some exercise and give her something to do-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 02-02-2020 02:54 AM

This is fantastic!

Now I am not sure that I will ever be able to look at someone using a walker and not think of this.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#13 posted 02-02-2020 02:57 AM

You’re like a genius, swirt! I love it, and still have a spare walker from when I had my knees replaced. Was thinking of throwing it out, but now I have a use for it!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 02-02-2020 03:16 AM

well when I need to get a walker I will be fitting it with a a Poulan 306A nothing less!!!

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 02-02-2020 03:25 AM

Thanks all.

@ChuckV I know what you mean. My father was in the hospital a few days ago and while I was visiting him, I was sizing up his roommate’s wide person walker AND the rolling potty chair to see either could be turned into a saw mill.

-- Galootish log blog,

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