Preparation for first milling

HumBurner

HumBurner

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Thanks to you both for the replies.

Yes, I'm familiar with the Progressive method and implement it myself. I only rarely use depth gauges, and mostly file by feel of cut.

I must have missed the part where motor power also influences things, which does make sense.

I'll keep playing with the depths and see what works best. Normally that would be fun, but I'm on a time crunch and having to put some things by the wayside. Not ideal, but it's where I'm at.

I picked up a used but good shape shop-sized bandsaw yesterday. With a thicker blade and modified guard, it should be ideal for ripping down boards and saving the chainsaw.


Cheers!
 
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I just wanted to update this briefly.

Got out a couple days ago and finished the bigger end of the first tree. With way less rot to contend with, especially the hiding holes of termites, the log went way quicker. It was also about half the length.

Using two rails over three drastically changed all aspects for the better. Got 8 3.5x3.5 posts (rough), 7 1.5x6s, and a couple of good end pieces to mill down another day.

I feel like I gained a better feel for the whole process. Adding an extra skid thrust helped some.


Back to the chain filing issue I encountered. The 13/64ths file did not work like I had hoped. I silenced my mind and trudged ahead with wallowing out the gullet with the 7/32s file. Depths dropped a lick or three. The chain fed better than the grind from Bailey's new. The surface of the boards feels smoother. The chain held sharpness longer, despite still getting into silica.

Today the lady and I are going to make some bat boxes and seedling planters. I'm thinking by the end of the week our outdoor work table may get built. My shed will just have to wait, unless we go back into drought.
 
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