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.