Questions tagged [milling]

For questions pertaining to cutting tree trunks into rough-cut lumber, e.g. using a sawmill or hewing axe. Not to be used for 3D carving with a milling machine, which should instead be tagged [cnc].

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Methods of jointing without a jointer

I can't afford a jointer right now, and I am wondering, what are the tricks to getting a good joint(on the edges, not on the surface)? What I have tried in the past is simply nailing a straight board ...
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What is a planer sled and how do you use it?

In What are the jointer-specific steps for removing warp in lumber? a planer sled is suggested for milling twisted lumber rather than a jointer. What is a planer sled, and how is it used for removing ...
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When it comes to checking in logs what should I expect?

They started clearing old ash trees from the lot where I work. There was lots of nice wood there so I took a couple pieces. One in particular a piece of green ash (so I was told by the man cutting it ...
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What are the jointer-specific steps for removing warp in lumber?

The typical method for removing warp in wood is to joint one face and one edge, followed by planing the other face and using a tablesaw for the final edge. The planer and tablesaw are fairly easy, but ...
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How do I cut a large log into boards?

An acquaintance was clearing some trees from his land, and I asked him to save a section of big leaf maple so I could mill it for an electric guitar. The piece ended up being roughly 9" x 9" x 36". ...
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What is the process, from start to finish, for milling a tree into boards?

I had an oak tree removed from my back yard last year and thought seriously about milling the trunk into boards for future woodworking projects. In the end, I let them carry it off because I wasn’t ...
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Finding the right metal for making a froe

They started clearing old ash trees from the lot where I work. There was lots of nice wood there so I took a couple pieces. One in particular a piece of green ash about 17" in diameter. I have been ...