The Alaskan Mill I ordered came in today. This mill is a chainsaw attachment that allows the user to mill dimensional lumber from trees using a chainsaw. I'm thinking using the mill will be a little slower and it creates a bit more waste and saw dust than a lumber mill. However, the Alaskan Mill costs a couple of hundred dollars in lieu of many thousands of dollars for a saw mill. It is also very portable and can be hand carried back to the cabin site.
I'm thinking this mill will work well for flattening the floor support structure. I have four twenty-four foot joists that will sit on the oak beams. Then, I need to tie these longer joists together with about 30 or 40 eight foot floor joists. Hopefully, this mill will speed up the shaping of these floor joists. I decided to use trees from our property. I have plenty of trees that I either cleared for the cabin or have blown down that I can cut up for this project.
This weekend, I plan to set up the mill and test it out down at Frontenac. I will cut some beams from the left over cabin pine that can be used to practice timber framing over the winter.