Download: Mill Lumber w/ a Chainsaw and The Beam Machine - 1st Time (Frugal Fridays)

By John Zhu


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Time for another episode of Frugal Friday to help you save time and money. Today I try to mill my own lumber from an oak log.

Join me as I mill an oak log ~12" in diameter into usable lumber with a beam riding chainsaw mill for the first time, and see the results and some reflections. Stay tuned to the end as I reflect on my first milling experience. (Frugal Fridays 4)

I mill a log into lumber using The Beam Machine. I purchased The Beam Machine through an online retailer. I debated between The Beam Machine like chainsaw mill vs. the Alaskan chainsaw type of mill; I settled on The Beam Machine type of mill because it looked simpler to operate.

I obtained a beam about 6"x8"x4.5'. I may further process them beam using the beam machine into smaller pieces or wait 6.5 years to use the milled lumber.

As a first try it was very educational. I share with you my first milling experience. I also plan to take the beam machine into the woods and find some logs to mill on site. There are lots of fallen trees in the surrounding area, some would make great woodworking projects.

The chainsaw I am running is an Echo cs590 with the 20" bar.

John Z Zhu