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 Unreal! Craftsmanship at its finest. Is Gillard the best place to shuttle in Okanagan for wicked descents? Moving back today.
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 Alaskan mill for slats? I'm using a beam machine and thinking of upgrading
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 Been there, not worth the effort to lug in the mill anymore. Also have a beam machine and found it to have too much play.

If you do use an Alaskan Mill, use round top chain filed to 10deg, the round top chain will allow the bar to wander when you hit knots so it wont bind up.

We just free rip everything now, we're running long bars, 33" and do our best to keep the full length of the bar in the wood, which helps keep the cut straight. Flat top chain also helps in keeping the cut straight (round top likes to wander).

Also be aware that once you start running bars longer then 26ish" the bar oil will struggle to reach the tip so you have to keep the heat down or your bar will ware out fast. Keep the teeth sharp and file a little bit often, not a lot seldom. Also keep the oiler ports and channel in the bar clean.

Wood selection is important too, cedar is best, then larch or lodge pole pine....both have very straight grains and minimal knots...pondarosa pine is horrible due to its big knots, fir is way to dense. Before you commit to milling spend a few days experimenting with different species of wood thats local to where you build.

I could go on for hours....
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 Great info! Thank you.
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 yea I think im going to need a bigger saw.
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 I'd recommend something over 90cc if you're going down that path.
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 beautiful
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 impressive. Love the wood art that you can ride!
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 Work of art...
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 craftsmanship!

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