Alaskan MK-II Chainsaw Mill

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Blackthorn-USA
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Alaskan MK-II Chainsaw Mill

Post by Blackthorn-USA » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:56 pm

We’re doing some work and building a few things around our training grounds using Eastern Red Cedar. The trees are harvested locally from pasture fire kill and a few that we cut to thin out certain areas. We’ve been using an Alaska MK-II chainsaw mill to process out beams and planks. This mill will make 12”x12” beams all the way down to ¾” planks.

These mills are relatively cheap and nice in the fact that you can take them to your trees instead of having to haul your logs to the mill. Much easier to haul out cut lumber. It should be mentioned that the mill requires a saw with some power. A little walmart saw won’t last long. We’re using a Stihl 046 Magnum 6.1 HP (76.5cc), with a 36” bar wrapped with ripping chain.

After falling our trees we leveled up 2x4’s on the ends of the log and then screwed 16’ 2’x4’s on to those to give us a flat, level surface to run the mill down to get our first cut. Then we adjusted the mill to cut just below the lower 2x4”.

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Here’s another one setup partially cut.

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And first cut is done. The leveling boards and runners are removed leaving us with a flat surface for the rest of the cuts and a piece of slab wood. Notice the pretty red, naturally bug and rot resistant wood.

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Heres a couple logs prepped and ready to cut into planks.

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Here we have partially cut a plank at 1 ½” thick. Every pass down the log results in another plank. If you were cutting beams you’d rotate the log, square up to the cut side and re-adjust your mill.

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And a pile of fresh cut planks ready to haul out of the woods and be put to use.

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Overall these are great mills if you have the power to run one. A very handy tool to have for the remote cabin builder or anyone who has timber they can put to use around their property. Not a small investment, but then lumber isn’t getting any cheaper either.

Thoughts, comments, questions?
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Re: Alaskan MK-II Chainsaw Mill

Post by Gleedaniel13 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:31 am

We’re doing some work and building a few things around our training grounds using Eastern Red Cedar. The trees are harvested locally from pasture fire kill and a few that we cut to thin out certain areas. We’ve been using an Alaska MK-II chainsaw mill to process out beams and planks. This mill will make 12”x12” beams all the way down to ¾” planks.
I can relate with this one because our job before is like this one. We are also harvesting trees locally and that was very hard to harvest especially along the hillside.

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Re: Alaskan MK-II Chainsaw Mill

Post by Ronson Jay » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:31 am

Turns the man to mill. Very impressive cuts, looks like full machine processing. Deep Rich Color art quality even...

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Re: Alaskan MK-II Chainsaw Mill

Post by Gleedaniel13 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:04 am

On our job before we are not using any firmer of the measurement, we just manually make it direct cut. ;)

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