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10-12-2021 02:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chainsaw logs

Anyone have a jig to at least hold a log for sawing with a 16” chainsaw?

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!


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#1 posted 10-12-2021 04:44 PM

Google “Granberg Alaskan chain saw mill”. I think they start at 20” bars and bigger though. If the log isn’t too long resawing on a bandsaw would work better.

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#2 posted 10-12-2021 05:54 PM

Yes, if manageable for size a bandsaw will win out easily. Plus a much smaller kerf = less wasted wood.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 10-12-2021 06:05 PM

Alaskan sawmill. You can buy the knock off versions on eBay and Amazon. I have one. The cheapness leaves a lot to be desired. The brand name I imagine is much better. They make one that only attaches in the back of the bar that in theory you could use along one side of a log and then switch and run on the other side. If you aren’t needing anything real precise you could free hand too. Big discussion on chainsaw mills is saw size. I have a husqvarna 455 and many say it’s to small. I’d think almost any saw could do it if you have a sharp chain and go slow. Bars and chains are fairly inexpensive so you might invest in a bigger bar.

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#4 posted 10-12-2021 06:07 PM

This is the one I’d suggest for a smaller saw. I think the attachment takes up about 2 inches which would leave a 14inch cut

https://www.amazon.com/Granberg-Chain-Mill-Model-G777/dp/B000AMFY90/ref=asc_df_B000AMFY90?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=80401840125272&hvnetw=o&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=m&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584001418458181&psc=1

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#5 posted 10-12-2021 09:19 PM

Thanks guys.
Wow the knockoff is really cheap! Probably worth buying just for safety’s sake since I don’t have a band saw.
A few years ago I began having good luck finding cherry oak and other logs or being on the spot when unfortunate trees were felled. So I have some logs that are dry and ready.

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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#6 posted 10-13-2021 12:12 AM

I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure if you contact wood Mizer they keep a list of ppl that have their mills. They might be able to help you find someone to cut them up with a bandsaw mill. Nothing wrong with the chainsaw on it’s just a lot of work

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#7 posted 10-13-2021 02:54 AM

If you are just looking to try it out on the cheap you can do like this video.

I did something similar with an 18” saw, a couple of pieces of all thread, a scrap of plywood, and some hardwood blocks. You may need to drill a couple of holes through the bar which is very easy as it is just mild steel.

It worked fairly well to cut up a maple tree we took down a couple years back. Just remember to mount your chainsaw with the bar towards the bottom when you are running it or your oiler may not work.

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#8 posted 10-13-2021 12:50 PM

I purchased the Logosol Timberjig at the woodworking show years ago and have been happy with it’s operation and results.

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#9 posted 10-13-2021 03:07 PM

If it is just a couple of relatively short logs, John Heisz’s simple vertical chainsaw mill might worth a look.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 10-13-2021 07:53 PM

Norwood also makes a “mill” set up for a chainsaw called a porta mill. I don’t know anything about if but it’s a slick looking set up

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#11 posted 01-13-2022 01:13 PM

Lil Ripper is what i have and works well

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#12 posted 01-13-2022 02:46 PM

I have one of the knock off Alaskan mills. It gets the job done. But you’ll be sore the next morning ;-)

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#13 posted 01-13-2022 08:37 PM

It’s a young man’s game for sure but totally doable.

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#14 posted 01-14-2022 03:00 AM

That’s some good looking lumber

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#15 posted 01-14-2022 04:11 PM

I bought “The Beam Machine” from amazon for $47.98 in 6/13 and it’s a bit sloppy on a BORG 2×4, with shims hot glued to the inside of the channel, it worked better but far from great. I have a reasonably powerful 54cc saw (not powerful but good for a 54cc saw) and I dedicated a chain for ripping only, ground the chisels at 0° and filed the rakers down to let it cut beautifully but very, very slow. The first log I milled was a ~Ø13” white pine and it burned through a tank of gas in two out of four cuts turning it into a cant. I probably mill less than a dozen logs total with that and I’ve since bought a Wood-Mizer that is much quicker. I also have a 20” bandsaw that I’ve milled several logs on but it gets tiresome trying to manhandle 400+lb logs and keep them tight to the fence at the same time.

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