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My attempt at free hand milling
« on: September 07, 2019, 09:13:59 AM »
I apologize in advance to those of you who are competent and experienced millers... I am neither of those.

A few months ago while perusing the firewood section I saw an add for a huge maple log. The person had just cut down an old tree and had the huge trunk left. It was over 12' long and slightly over 2' diameter at the widest.

On a whim I messaged him but quickly decided I wasn't going to get it as I didn't want to cut it into firewood and I didn't have a ripping chain and wasn't looking to buy one. A week later he messaged me back asking if I was still interested... I figured it was a sign from a wiser power than I so I bought a ripping chain and went to pick it up.

It was a beautiful tree, way to big and heavy for me to manipulate as was so I cut it into 3'-4' lengths which I could load onto my dolly and the homeowner was kind enough to then help me lift into my truck. It was all we could do to get them into my truck and by the time I was done my poor little Chev S-10 did not look happy.



I got home and unloaded them 



A few days later proceeded to "mill" them freehand with my Poulan Pro PR5020 with 20" bar and ripping chain. 










All in all it went decent. I made them pretty thick as I knew there would be some variation due to freehanding it.



Once they are dried I'm planning rip them into 2x2's, glue them together and make a nice bench top out of them for my reloading or gunsmithing bench. 

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Re: My attempt at free hand milling
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 09:18:24 AM »
My thoughts are that your first attempt was a complete success.  8)
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2019, 09:52:09 AM »
Nice job  :^)

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2019, 10:08:56 AM »
Thanks guys!

All in all for it being my first attempt at milling and doing it without the benefit of jig or mill I think it went quite well.

If it looks like I'll get more good logs I'll have to weld up a jig to help keep things more even and get a chainsaw that can handle a longer bar.

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2019, 10:10:29 AM »
looks like fun and a lot of work.  if you sticker them in the same order and orientation as they came from the log, any twist or wave will compensate and not start multiplying as you go.  you will expect to have some doing freehand.  we with band mills also get some occasional waves ect., and that is how we sticker so a thin spot in one board matches the thick spot left in the next board.  good luck
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2019, 10:24:12 AM »
you do what you gotta do.  around here, most of the soft maple winds up in the land fill.  good job for trying to make the best of it, with what tools you have.
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2019, 10:30:45 AM »
Sounds like to me he had no way to move a 12 foot log without paying someone else to do it. We all have to make do with the tools/money we have.
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2019, 11:23:40 AM »
+1 on Magicman's comment.  It looks great!   

Woodworking as a hobby is supposed to be fun.  If you had a good time sawing and you got usable material, I say you are very successful!  Keep experimenting, keep it fun and stay safe!
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2019, 11:35:14 AM »
Congratulations!  

Thats how I cut my first board and got hooked on sawing wood.
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2019, 11:57:30 AM »
you do what you gotta do.  around here, most of the soft maple winds up in the land fill.  good job for trying to make the best of it, with what tools you have.
Aside from that, I hear wood grows on trees. I'm not convinced, but that's what I hear.

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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2019, 12:06:00 PM »
Sounds like to me he had no way to move a 12 foot log without paying someone else to do it. We all have to make do with the tools/money we have.
Nope, I don't have the equip to move large logs and it was in a very nice yard which the owner would not have allowed to be torn up by dragging it out (someone offered that option already before I got there.)  
Would have loved longer lengths but it was all we could do to manipulate what we did do. Turned out to be a good thing as trying to mill down longer logs vertically would have been more interesting.
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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2019, 07:29:07 PM »
Uh oh, he's got the bug... ;D
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2019, 12:43:52 AM »
You're off to a nice start. You found the bug in those logs. That's just the start. ;)
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2019, 07:16:25 AM »
Where theres a will there's a way, Good job.
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2019, 09:54:23 AM »
Uh oh, he's got the bug... ;D
I hear a kiln helps with "bugs"  ;) ;)
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I see your future.... there's an entry level bandsaw mill...and a log arch, and a home made log arch trailer.....


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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2019, 11:07:55 AM »
And a bigger truck, cant hooks, a bigger chainsaw, a solar kiln, a planer/molder.....
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« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2019, 11:13:23 AM »
And a bigger truck, cant hooks, a bigger chainsaw, a solar kiln, a planer/molder.....
Yep. It never ends. But thats a good thing. 
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« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2019, 11:35:44 AM »
Uh oh, he's got the bug... ;D
I hear a kiln helps with "bugs"  ;) ;)
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the wood will dry faster if you go ahead and cut it into 2x2 sticks if that is the plan.  will need a jointer and planer to get them ready to glue up.  If you are in a bigger city, they may have a wood shop or woodworking guild you could join.  they will teach safety and often have helper to assist and teach you some skills.  most "bugs" do not like dry wood anyway.  If you get the sawing bug, there is no hope.!!! :) :) :)
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I stand buy my early delete post !! what a wast of a 12 straight log...


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