Friday, June 1, 2012

From trees to the kiln

Over this last winter I decided to purchase a chainsaw mill. I had seen a few I had liked but decided to purchase a Mill Rite with a Dolmar PS-9000 power-head.  The saw has plenty of power seems to run great.                                                                                

The first day working in the mill I was hooked. I didn't want to stop. I could not believe I had not done this sooner. When you really figure how little I would have in lumber it comes out to mere pennies per board. By the end of the first day I had a nice stack of lumber. Sure the pile would be bigger if I'd went with a band saw mill but I am happy with my decision. The chainsaw has a thicker cut (kerf) where the band saws cut is very thin.
Needing lube
I did notice that the chainsaw could use a drip lube tank dripping on the nose of the bar. Large bars never really do oil very well especially when the saw lays on it's side while cutting. I used an old one gallon gas can. I put a water valve on the bottom of can with a hose running down to the bar to drip oil on chain.

I built my crib (sawing bed) about 2' off the ground that enabled me to stand up straight while sawing. I see so many people that have their mills right on the ground and they have to stay bent over while sawing. I was thinking about my back when I did mine.
Ready to build
After a few days sawing in the mill I had my lumber to start building. When building with green lumber (fresh cut) the sooner you get it nailed the better.  I had it up in a couple days and was very happy with the way things were looking.                                                             

It still needs trim and batten to finish it off but it's coming along.

                                                                   ( Short sawing video)

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