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Atkins 490 one man timber saw

Just wanted to post this little beauty from my mother in laws that i'm in the middle of reconditioning while I wait for the Atkins raker gauge I got on ebay for $20

Anyone ever had any fun playing with these?
i'm gonna be using it to mill up some 2 to 4 foot wide white and red oak for some furniture.
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You have seriously got to want to cut some wood to use something like that! My hat's off to you.

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Ya, a buddy from my day job has a TON of red and white oak from a tree removal guy he knows. I was trying to get a sawyer to take a crack at it but he said they are too short for his mill (roughly anywhere from three to six feet long on one or two logs) Don't have any chainsaws long enough plus i tend to make things more complicated then they have to be haha. Definitely gonna take some elbow grease but low overhead for some great material to make some live edge furniture and maybe a top for my future work bench if there's some long enough and in good shape.

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Anyone ever had any fun playing with these?...i'm gonna be using it to mill up some 2 to 4 foot wide white and red oak for some furniture.
Yes...fairly often, but I'm afraid to say this is a "bucking saw" from what I can see? Its meant for crosscutting and not ripping...unless you change the pitch, and rake on the teeth...Even then there are better and more germane modalities to employ for such traditional work...

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Ya, a buddy from my day job has a TON of red and white oak from a tree removal guy he knows. I was trying to get a sawyer to take a crack at it but he said they are too short for his mill (roughly anywhere from three to six feet long on one or two logs) Don't have any chainsaws long enough plus i tend to make things more complicated then they have to be haha. Definitely gonna take some elbow grease but low overhead for some great material to make some live edge furniture and maybe a top for my future work bench if there's some long enough and in good shape.
If these are mix butt section and smaller bolts of residential logs, the fact that there may be metal in them is enough for many remote/custom Sawyers to charge more and/or for damage to there blades and machine when they hit it...Most won't even touch them...

If I may suggest, try riving some plank, and other stock out of these. The process is relatively fast and straightforward. Plenty of info on the web (good and bad) about it.

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riving or splitting planks from logs

I once tried quartering a 12" Maple log with a chain saw. I worked ...eventually because I didn't own a ripping blade for the saw. Ripping is so different than bucking or crosscutting it's hard to understand if you haven't done it. It never occurred to me to split them with wedges even though I split a mess of wood for heating my home using wedges, mauls and a hydraulic log splitter. Some straight grained logs split easily. Other logs with crotches are much more difficult.

If you are lucky enough to have mostly straight grained logs you will be better off with a minimum of 3 splitting wedges, maybe more depending on their length. I only use a steel sledge hammer but if I were to do this frequently I would look into a heavy wood mallet. A splitting froe is also another useful tool for logs that aren't too wide, but I've never used one or owned one.


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Oh no this puppy is getting used to cross cut some slab coins. These things are massive old growths but they are too short to get a table out of the rip. Maybe some end tables but i'll definitely be hewing the rip cuts. Plus i can do that with some combo chainsaw action if needs be. I'm going to cut them thick for kilning and drill out some of the piths just because i'm interested in the different results I get in the checking. Which i'm expecting and plan on doing resin pours and keys.

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Heres some photos of the lumber. Theres a few in there that come a little under my chest and im 5'9". Gorgeous wood.
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