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I have seen a few posts in the past but just wondered how many of the members on here either have-do mill their own timber from trees.I am involved on a couple of arborist forums and mill most of my own stuff. Really love this subject as a chippy/joiner it was always something i wanted to try cheers les
 

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It always sounds a romantic idea, making a table from a tree that I have processed myself. Although lacking space, a tree and the kit I can't see it happening any time soon.

I imagine though that once it is known in your local area that you want trees, offers come in like they do with woodturning timber.
 

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It always sounds a romantic idea, making a table from a tree that I have processed myself. Although lacking space, a tree and the kit I can't see it happening any time soon.

I imagine though that once it is known in your local area that you want trees, offers come in like they do with woodturning timber.
I am 50/50 now marcros with my work at milling and the joinery/carpentry.The price of timber is going up by 7% year on year hence the milling side of things.Got a nice amount of slabs 4" x1m x 3-5m seasoning now and all oak/ash/beach and douglas fir
 

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I am 50/50 now marcros with my work at milling and the joinery/carpentry.The price of timber is going up by 7% year on year hence the milling side of things.Got a nice amount of slabs 4" x1m x 3-5m seasoning now and all oak/ash/beach and douglas fir
I might have to come and visit one of these days then!
 

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I have a cheap as chips chainsaw mill which has paid for itself many times over and is still going strong, not furniture grade but has produced me hundreds of turning blanks FOC.

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What's the general consensus on kit for milling? I've seen a few planking millls on ebay but wondered if they are any good? Would probably have to upgrade the saw too. What size/cc?
If I won the lottery then maybe a woodmizer:)
 

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I guess it depends on the size of logs you have to mill, my saw is a cheap and cheerful 62cc combined with a small mill, does what I need. There are many about now look at chainsawbars for entry level mills - as for a saw the bigger the saw the bigger the log.
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I guess it depends on the size of logs you have to mill, my saw is a cheap and cheerful 62cc combined with a small mill, does what I need. There are many about now look at chainsawbars for entry level mills - as for a saw the bigger the saw the bigger the log. View attachment 90459
Rob who owns chainsawbarsuk is a good friend and understands the difference between the professional and amateur user. The one setup i still use after 4 years is a 62cc parker chainsaw which i purchased off the bay for around £70 and a chinese copy alaskan mill 36" £80 ish. I did get a 24"bar and a couple of ripping chains to add which does allow to cut larger logs. I have upgraded over time and now have a logosol M7 which i run a 48" bar for the mobile stuff and also have the woodlands HM 130 which is a nice static setup. Anyone looking to do it can get rigged up for under £200
 

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woodlands HM 130 Nice kit, just cant justify it for a hobby user. Will have to stick to me chinese mill set up :unsure: for the time being.
 
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