When I originally created the Alaskan Sawmill Jig, I used White Pine from Lowes. While it worked fine for about 500 board feet of slabbing, eventually the softwood wouldn’t hold the clamps tight and splits in the wood began to appear. I have redone the clamps using Live Oak and created a set of plans for people to download.
Sometime last fall (Fall of 2017) there was a windstorm that took down a huge yellow pine tree in our woods. I attacked two sections of this tree that contained straight relatively defect-free (or so I thought) with the chainsaw mill.
Every year for as long as I can remember, I would pop down to my shop in the basement and start making Christmas Presents. I need to find a jewel in the rough to give my new significant other for our first Christmas together. A piece of Black Cherry has presented itself for my inspection, perhaps a Pelican is hiding inside.
You need to keep your chainsaw chain sharp. There are a number of Electric Chainsaw sharpeners, several manual chainsaw sharpeners and lots of guides that will help you get the correct sharpening angle.
I needed a way to turn these into usable wood. An Alaskan Sawmill seemed to be the answer.
October 8th, 2016 Hurricane Mathew roared onto Hilton Head Island as a Category II hurricane. Winds were clocked at 88 MPH with gusts to 105. Sadly there was not 1.21 Gigawatts available and no DeLorean ready and waiting to go, we couldn’t go back in time. Just a lot of trees standing sentinel over the island. Many of which did not survive the onslaught of the wind and 12-foot storm surge.
As a long-time Woodworker, I've built a variety of large and small projects. I've learned to use the tools available to me to get the job done.
I'm currently building out my shop and starting to create again. I need to work with wood or I'll go crazy.
Follow along on my journey to rebuild my woodworking shop and start a business from the ground up.