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post #1 of 10 Old 06-09-2008, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Call me crazy but...

I would love to be able to mill my own lumber like some of you guys but I am years away from that level of woodworking... But.... I have an over active imagination and while looking at a bandsaw mill I was thinking why canít I do that on a smaller scale? Has anyone here experimented with creating a jig for milling small Straight branches on the band saw?

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Run, don't walk! Get away and stay away from those thoughts. It's expensive. Sawmilling may be fun but it's also a lot of heavy and sometimes dangerous work. I allmost got heat stroke in that 98 degree heat Saturday. The next day, within a few minutes of arriving, I pulled a muscle in my back while repositioning a log for loading then dinged my shin on the mill. But I did get to mill a bunch of 12"x12'x5/4 clear cherry boards and many other assorted sizes.

If I could turn lumber into fine finished furniture I wouldn't be milling. But in His infinite wisdom, God decided to give those skills to others like you.

mdlbldrmatt135's suggestion, or a chainsaw mill, or even a small bandsaw driven by a chainsaw head?

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I make a lot of smaller items (toys, pic frames, shelves etc) and I have cut smaller walnut and oak logs on my band saw. It's easier if you can get one side relatively flat before you get to the band saw, then you don't have to use a crude jig to hold the log on the band saw table like I did Good luck, Mike
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Yes I have done it on a band saw. I used wild cherry 3" "logs" . I first flattened one side in my jointer.
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Good idea, to use the jointer. I have tons'o trees and lots'o branches. I am definately going to try this. I'm going to have to learn to identify trees now. Damn it, it never ends....
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For you milling types. I've always been taught/told that limbs grow under stress and that trying to mill them into usable lumber is not a good idea. But I'm seeing some posts here about using branches. Maybe somebody can tell me something new?
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Limbs can be loaded with tension/compression wood. It's likely to move during milling, drying and use. It can also have more figure. Now do you know which way to go?

I've been both burned/rewarded by milling limbs. But I usually mill 8' and longer. Shorter pieces shouldn't cause as much trouble. Simply cut them oversized to allow for movement during drying and, hopefully, they won't move too much during resaw/use.
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Limbs can definitely be used, but keep that end use in mind. I have cut plenty of them on my bandsaw. I try to use limbs for smaller items like boxes and stuff. Cut them thick to joint out the problems of bow, cup, twist. I have tried jigs and the best rides on the fence of my bandsaw so I can adjust the distance from the blade with the fence. I screw the limb section to the jig so that each cut is parallel to the previous one keeping in mind the screws are in there. Cut a slice, move fence in 1", cut a slice, and repeat. I would show a pic but I currently don't have any built right now since I have moved on to a chainsaw powered bandmill. I might be able to use sketchup to create a model.

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Somewhere on you tube there is a video of a guy showing how to use a jig he made for milling small logs. I tried to find it again but couldn't. I made one. It works OK. If you look on You tube there are a lot of different home made methods.
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