Chainsaw carpentry

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  1. Scott Mac

    Scott Mac Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Hi all,

    Here's the TV cabinet I told you I was going to make. I used an Alaskan chainsaw mill to cut the top. bottom and back flat. plunge cut the whole with a chainsaw all the way through starting with a 20" bar and finished with the 42" bar from the mill. docked the end free hand with the 42" bar.

    Cleaned the cuts with first plane, then random orbitor sander. tongue oil and that's it. moved into house with out a machine, just using old school methods to do thing without the need of machine. very heavy, and would recommend a concrete floor for carrying the weight. IMG_1264 (480x640).jpg
     

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    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member GOLD

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    Looks Great Scott, what kind of wood is it? What's the chances of the bark coming away from the main timber, it looks pretty well stuck on there though.
     
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    That's impressive! What a chunk of wood - wow. Did you get the wood from your property? You wouldn't find that at Amart :)
     
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    It's called Woolibutt, similar looking to blue gum. The barks off, only the sap wood left on. Weighs a tonne. I'm milling heaps more to build a shed and all off my own place. As long as its inside, away from bugs etc, the sap wood should stay put
     
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    So you recommend a two man lift? Looks great Scott.
     
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    This is self-sufficiency at its best IMO: own sourced wood, self-milling, and carpentry. This thread is now featured on our home page (portal) - here.
     
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    Hey that's awesome work.
    Nice bit of timber that.
     
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    thanks guys, another simple thing for chainsaws is docking 250mm long rounds and replacing those flimsy kids chairs with them. Kids cant destroy them. Chairs became fire wood and the fire wood became chairs. IMG_1302 (480x640).jpg IMG_1303 (480x640).jpg IMG_1304 (480x640).jpg
     
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    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member GOLD

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    I like the coffee table idea
     
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    It's a blackbutt burl on another docked log of Woolibutt. Burls are extremely unstable, they move heaps though great character.
     
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    There's something about wood that ya just can't beat hey. It must be the nature "thing" like bringing the outside inside :dunno:
     
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    Great to see someone using timber from their own property , reminds me of my old herb farm back in the 70s just bush and some clearings when we arrived , road blocked by an enormous blackbutt ,felled previously by last owner, so we painstakingly cut this up and transported via a 1927 Chevy truck my neighbour had to local mill ( no rego totally illegal oops but only round the corner ) .Here it was cut up and provided ALL the framing for my 2 story house ( yes it was a big tree ) other support beam step treads outdoor tables were carved out with a chainsaw to give a very rustic but functional (and cheap ) dwelling . Sorry I don't have photos . We lived off grid , no choice , 12,and 24 volt powered by wind and solar , a 1200 watt inverter ( for the washing machine and a little tv ) and life was GOOD . Happy days ! Cheers Ray
     
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