I have a small supply of downed trees in various places. In these blog posts I’ll talk about the various wood milling projects and the wood that I have obtained from my milling projects.
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.
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.