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How to keep a portable sawmill blade from jumping the roller guides

I'm going to assume the log moving while cutting isn't an issue. The blade should stay on the wheels be able to make cuts without any guides. Make sure the wheels run true. Clamp an object to the ...
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How to produce lumber from logs?

If you want to use hand tools only you don't have a lot of choices. In the olden days you would most likely hew each log into a single timber (i.e. in building a mighty timber-framed barn, or a ship) ...
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Building a Cabin; only un-powered hand tools. Need advice

What you're talking about is timber-frame construction, and you're on the right track. I read somewhere it is best to use fairly fresh cut trees for this, to make the hewing easier. Yup. Green wood ...
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If I mill / surface my own wood, will it warp as bad as pre-milled / surfaced wood from the store?

Short answer, yes you can get your wood more straight than you will find at the box stores, and even from your hardwood dealer. It would stand to reason, as you say that they should be able to ...
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Make parallel edges with router table or table saw?

You should do this with the table saw. This is a very typical operation in the normal milling process. Normally you would set the table saw's rip fence to the final width you need, but in this case, ...
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Does the bar oil from using a chainsaw create problems for woodworking?

Odds are that your chainsaw cuts aren't going to be super smooth, so you'll end up sizing them with other tools. I cannot imagine that a bit of oil would cause any issue for a planer or jointer knife. ...
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using one application for design and milling wood project with CNC

It would appear that you are agreeable to learning new software. One product pops into my alleged mind when you ask for a "do it all" type of program. Fusion 360 is free for students, hobbyists and ...
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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

If you've got a lot to spare, then overdo it. Curves, twists, warps etc will always kill your yield. Flatsawn is apt to be less stable (esp with respect to cupping) than quartersawn. The milling ...
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Should I “un-dry” wood for a while after oven drying?

My question is: After I do this but before I plane the boards, should I leave them sit out in the open air (maybe a week or two) to reabsorb moisture from the air? I think it's certainly advisable, ...
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Advice on narrow CNC angles

I am assuming by CNC machine, you mean a router. The blue line section that is horizontal will be a regular 90 degree cut. The sections of the blue line that are on the curves will have an ...
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Is it better to mill boards before or after drying? (And does it depend on diameter?)

Generally, it's far, far better to rough-mill while green, dry in a stack with stickers to allow airflow and if necessary considerable weight to put on the stack, then do final shaping with the ...
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How to safely cut old lumber with old nails in it?

Before you start, rather than just winging it as many do when faced with the prospect of using reclaimed wood (I'm very much including pallet wood here for some of the direct parallels) it might be ...
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Using a left and right shooting board to square the ends of a board

It is normal to flip board end for end to shoot last end. But because you are making a floating shelf squareness of this end does not matter, you can turn board over.
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Buying logs to saw: should I expect to pay a premium, or get a discount?

My dad and I also have a small portable mill to make our own lumber. And my dad has a bit of forested land, so mostly we cut what we have available. Dad has had a couple timber sales and just having ...
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What are some techniques for jointing boards using a router table?

You can do this using a router table and split fence if the left side is adjusted forward to precisely match the exposure of the router bit. The idea is to provide outfeed support exactly ...
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Does the bar oil from using a chainsaw create problems for woodworking?

No, chainsaw oil is not a problem. Chainsaws, even reasonably decent tuned ones, do not throw out enough oil to seriously damage the wood. If it is, there is something wrong with your saw, either it ...
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How to safely cut old lumber with old nails in it?

Short answer for this: no, there is no way using ordinary wood shop equipment to safely mill wood with embedded iron in it. Jointer, planer, and bandsaw blades will be ruined by even small amounts ...
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What is the name of that milling technique

Waffle is how I've commonly heard this pattern referred to.
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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

I believe there is just no easy "rule of thumb" when deciding what thicknesses to cut green lumber in an attempt to obtain a certain machined dry lumber thickness, without a lot of waste. Many ...
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What frame saw can I use to mill small lumber?

What you don't see is that the "blade in the middle" frame saw is nicely balanced and thus easier to keep on track. This form factor (stick in the middle, blade on one side) is more often used for ...
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What frame saw can I use to mill small lumber?

The bow saw pictured is a type of frame saw; other frame saws may have a rectangular frame all the way around the outside as you mentioned in a comment. Will [a commercially-produced bow saw] work ...
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If I mill / surface my own wood, will it warp as bad as pre-milled / surfaced wood from the store?

If the hardwood dealer can't get straight, flat boards with their presumably bigger and better machines It's not about the machines, it's about the wood. Wood is inherently prone to warping because A)...
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Is my 44" Diameter 12' Long Black Oak Log with Wind Shake still usable?

I've not heard the term, although I've seen the results of this problem earlier in my years of cutting firewood. It was welcome then, but that's because the end result is very weak wood. According to ...
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Using a left and right shooting board to square the ends of a board

How hard is it really to shoot both ways with a sharp plane blade? I think that depends mostly on you. Most baseball players bat on one side or the other, but a talented few can switch hit. I think ...
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Creating a flat on logs to allow bandsaw milling

is it safe to use the jointer to flatten one side of these logs? Safe for the operator I would say so, but for the jointer less so. In addition to worries about the moisture level in the wood and its ...
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Creating a flat on logs to allow bandsaw milling

It would be helpful to know how small your small logs really are. The answer to your question really depends on both the diameter and length of the wood you propose to run through the jointer. But ...
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"Box generator"-like software for laser cutting this shelf from MDF

The problem is producing the vector file that will be fed to the laser cutter. The cuts, with its finger joints, would be time consuming to be manually drawn in a vector graphics software, not to ...
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How to safely cut old lumber with old nails in it?

First, evaluate the boards and figure out how you want to use them. If they're old and they have a lot of hand cut nails, maybe it'd be nicer to leave them in their current state as much as possible ...
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Does the bar oil from using a chainsaw create problems for woodworking?

My little experience here: I have an ancient chain saw which gives off a lot of bar oil (better too much than too little...). With it, I cut a huge block of beech out of a quite green tree in a long ...
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