New here! Best method to cut timber into slabs

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New here! Best method to cut timber into slabs

Post by albo »

Hello all,

I'm 25 and have been a keen fan of woodwork, but never tried my hand at it until recently.

After reading Nick Offerman's books and understanding the satisfaction of making things using your own hands and learning new skills I decided I'd give it a go.

I've been experimenting over the past year with different tools/machinery and I love it!

I have been cutting small (400mmx300mm) slabs (roughly) with a cheap Stanley hand saw with varying degrees of success. I don't mind too much that it takes me a long time, and requires a fair amount of exertion, but I am wondering what the best way to do so would be? That is, cutting trunks up into slabs by hand?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: New here! Best method to cut timber into slabs

Post by JonR »

You could make yourself a saw pit

better to be the top dog though !!

Machine cutting, you could take it to a saw mill/ joinery shop to have it cut for a modest fee

Chain saw


endless vids on YT on the subject
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Re: New here! Best method to cut timber into slabs

Post by Mike Dempsey »

Hi Albo
Just spotted this. What you are needing is a big chainsaw and an Alaskan Mill. is the site in the uk. I was one of the first to get one in the uk about 16 years ago and I have planked over 15o logs in that time. I also have a kiln in the workshop to dry the timber. Its not too cheap to get started but its a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a sawmill. Its hard work and you need to be pretty dedicated to make it work. Correct sharpening of the chain is critical and maintenance of the saw and mill is important. I have saved myself thousands of pounds over the years and love milling up trees. All mine come from within about a 3 mile radius of the workshop and I have yet to handover any cash for them!

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