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Chris Sheppard

First attempt with small log mill

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Finally got around to having a go with the Small LoG Mill I bought a couple of months back - had brought a couple of lumps of Oak back from the APF that were too nice to go through the processor and I earmarked them to make a new fire surround at home :biggrin:


Was at a bit of a disadvantage right from the start as the only bit of wood I could find anything like suitabel for a guide rail was a 5x3 fence post that wasn't perfectly straight and also was a bit rounded but hey ho - worse comes to the worst and I could log it up. Ended up nailing it to the log too but it seemed to hold.


First cut went a lot faster than I expected (372, semi chisel chain and 8 tooth sprocket so fairly geared up) but I suppose it wasn't really cutting much width.


Set second cut at 6" and checked after - looked fairly parallel btu the whole thing had a bit of a twist to it.


Bit of juggling with a square had the guide set up for the first of the side faces - took two attempts to get the cut where I was sort of happy.


Didn't think the finished piece came up too bad - yeah it's a little out on one side but it adds character (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it :001_tongue: )




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Chris, was there any particular reason you went for the small log mill over a smaller normal alaskan?


Did nearly go for the smallest normal one but figured I coudl always go up to a bigger one later if the need arises - currently don't have anything with a bigger bar than 20" and most of the wood I envisage milling will be quite small so would give it a go.


Also, doing it this way means I can get a mini mill to go with it and still not be that much more cost wise than a normal alaskan (not that I'm tight or owt :biggrin:)

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for a first go that's pretty good.


so far i've only ripped up oversize softwoods (that wont fit thru the processor) into planks and posts. my first 4x 2s where very trapezoidal. it takes a bit of practice to get the hang of squaring things up. But as you say it adds character. the" rustic" look is always good

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