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Published on Feb 24, 2018
These 17 chainsaw milling tips show you how to put your alaskan mill in action making logs into boards. They will improve the quality of timber you can make with your mill, and/or influence the design of your mill if your thinking about making one. They are mainly a reply to your questions about various aspects of milling as well as being common mistakes I see being made and have made myself!
The tips: 1 Quality of cut can be improved greatly by easing the saw into the cut. Don’t go full throttle straight away, instead both start and stop slowly. Same if you have to stop mid slab for any reason.
2 Don’t push the saw! Ideally position the log on a slight gradient so the saw is a little bit 'gravity fed'. Winches get good reviews - I have never seen much need as a good sharp chain will pull itself into the cut.
3 Wedges. Talk about shape etc. Don’t hammer them into the kerf - it will change the angle of the straight edge and cause deep gouges.
4 Angle the saw, nose first, and hold the angle consistently. Seesawing will leave a poor finish.
5 Using the straight edge for cuts after the first again can aid accuracy and safety.
6 Wear Proper protective equipment, including a good dust mask. I'm now using an integrated face shield and dust mask which I got from ebay, and its a complete game changer! I originally got it for all kinds of other workshop tasks like painting, epoxy use, and sanding. In the past, even when I wore a separate dust mask, I would get dry eyes - no more! For chainsaw milling it's perfect, giving good visibility and clean air, free of the cocktail of fumes you get from using a two stroke engine. It's the 3M 6800 full face equivalent which means it's a cheaper import (only about $30 here: https://goo.gl/kVGmyk), but I use it with the genuine 3m 6001 vapour filters. (ebay link: https://goo.gl/PNXNEq) . My radio ear defenders I won in an Instructables contest.
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