Cutting Wood Slabs With a Chainsaw Mill




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This will show an overview of what's involved with making live edge wood planks using a chainsaw mounted mill.

Step 1: The First Cut

The first cut you make will create a flat surface for the sawmill to "ride" on for each subsequent cut.

Step 2: The Second Cut.

Now the mill "rides" on the flat created by the first cut. Set the thickness to what you desire on the mill for each subsequent board.

Step 3: Live Edge Wood

Even after just 2 passes this cedar log is looking like the start of a live edge bench! A little sanding will remove the saw marks.

Step 4: Cutting

Each pass took about ten minutes and I had to sharpen my chain after 1 1/2 cuts. It's hard work but well worth the effort! The saw goes through lots of oil so keep an eye on it.

Step 5: Live Edge Cedar Plank

This is the second cut from the log.



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    7 months ago

    Nice instructable. Very helpful. plank looks great. I bought a 3" myrtle slab and would like to cut it lengthwise with my chain saw. Is there a kit I can add on to my chainsaw to do that? Kind of like your's. If so, who makes that? thanks

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    Troy Eckstein ChiefInstructor

    Reply 6 months ago

    My chainsaw mill is a Granberg 20” it’s from Lee Valley. Sorry I didn’t mention that in the instructable!