The alaskan Sawmill
I have wrote about this in my blog once before, but I think the chainsaw mill deserves its own page here on my site. This portable sawmill has helped me and my business so much, and paid itself off very quickly.
I have been using my Alaskan sawmill for months now, and found that it paid itself off very quickly. Not only did it pay itself off quickly, it became so useful to my business.
What I use my Chainsaw mill for
My alaskan chainsaw mill gets used mostly for cutting boards. I have milled very small pieces to make a live edge board. You would be surprised how small of a piece you can mill.
My process for making cutting boards has been to mill 1.5" from a large block of say Hard maple, then handplane them smooth. After some drying time, I normally give it another quick handplane and its ready for oiling. I do dress the ends in whichever way I feel, but this has been my method for creating some beautiful hand planed cutting boards.
The chainsaw I use is the Husqvarna 346xp. This saw is a pro saw that is a little lighter, packs a little more power and accelerates quicker than other saws. I got this saw while building log homes as it suited the job. I will most likely grab a saw with a bigger engine for slabbing as it seems to bog down a bit. Although it gets the job done, using this saw full time with the alaskan mill wouldn't be suffice.
Where to buy a chainsaw?
I am actually very impressed with Amazons prices for Husqvarna Chainsaws. My next saw will most likely be the Husqvarna 460 Rancher. It seems it would pack enough punch for the job and its priced pretty decent. You can click on the link below and see all the other saws available. There is a decent selection. Its also good to read up on reviews before you buy a saw, and Amazon has some pretty brutally honest reviews, which I appreciate actually.