Thursday, August 26, 2010
Homemade Log Milling Tutorial
Due to popular demand I have videoed my process of how I go about turning a small log into lumber. In this sequence I am using a 6" diameter sycamore log, which is smaller than I usually do, but honestly it was the best log that was at the dump. First I drive two screws into the side of the log to hold the log to the sled. Note that I am using a scrap piece of wood as a spacer to lift the log up above the clamps that are holding the jig to the bandsaw table.
The blade I am using is Highland Woodworking's Woodturner's 3/8" Bandsaw Blade (105" length). The jig is aligned with the blade to cut where I want it to and is squared to the fence bar which has been adjusted for drift.
After a flat face has been established I reference the newly cut face off a fence, in this case my regular bandsaw fence because this log isn't wide enough to need a tall resaw fence. Note how in the beginning the log bucks a little. This is caused by the log not resting securely on the table. I should have flipped it around to cut from the other side, which would've been more stable.
With the lumber cut I paint the ends with latex paint and sticker them for drying. Also I was sure to clean most of the sawdust out of my saw because the wet sawdust will cause rust on unprotected parts. Even from this small of a log quite a bit of sawdust was made.