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rdbrumfield 03-05-2015 11:27 AM

chainsaw mill
 
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Been thinking of a decent way to cut logs for a cabin. I came up with a system that I can take both sides off a log then cut it down the middle to make to half logs out of one to stack. The inside will be a flush wall with the outside looking like a normal log cabin. It also makes good lumber.

What I do is put two small logs down to cradle the one I am working up. By making several vertical cuts across the log in the widths I want boards then rotating the saw I can take several boards off in each pass. This is a prototype and I have changed out one part to make it more accurate.

I can set this up by myself so is decently portable.

was thinking of sharing plans if anyone is interested.

bczoom 03-05-2015 01:34 PM

That's slick!!!

Your wood chips look a lot like like sawdust. Are you using a regular chain or did you put one in that's made to cut with the grain?

rdbrumfield 03-05-2015 09:42 PM

yes, the saw in that pic is a bit under powered. It was pulling hard but just dust coming out. I put a bigger saw on with full complement teeth and it brought chips. The thing about cutting straight across grain it comes out hard. Saws are made to crosscut. Even lengthwise you can do ok with long shavings, but cutting in this fashion you have to sharpen the teeth a bit different and have the power to make it pull.

Peanut 02-26-2018 10:50 AM

what are the chains called for cutting with the grain?i tried with my saw but always gets clogged with long shavings.my buddy next door has a mini sawmill for chainsaws he burned up a few saws cutting cypress because of it clogging up

Lee1935 02-26-2018 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Peanut (Post 127234)
what are the chains called for cutting with the grain?i tried with my saw but always gets clogged with long shavings.my buddy next door has a mini sawmill for chainsaws he burned up a few saws cutting cypress because of it clogging up

Do a goggle search "ripping chain" Oregon is one of the best

rdbrumfield 02-26-2018 03:59 PM

If you notice I am not cutting lenthwise and the saw is cutting across the grain not with the grain. Chainsaw chains are made to cut across the grain like I am doing. You just have to go slow. They do make a chain for this now but I have never used one.

Lee1935 02-26-2018 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by rdbrumfield (Post 127241)
If you notice I am not cutting lenthwise and the saw is cutting across the grain not with the grain. Chainsaw chains are made to cut across the grain like I am doing.

:pat:sorry I thought you knew what you were doing


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