Granberg Mini Mill G555B
If you get all starry-eyed over those guys who head off to the woods of Alaska to build a house in the middle of nowhere all by themselves, the Granberg Mini Mill should, at least temporarily, puff your chest up and make you feel just as rugged. While the Grizzly men aren't using chainsaws to mill up their floor boards and sheathing, they are fully engaged in the entire process of tree to finished product, and it's this vibe that the Granberg Mini Mill will help you attain.
The Granberg Mini Mill is a jig set up for a chainsaw that allows you to make straight cuts, and thus gives you the ability to mill up your own stock. There's a carriage that the saw sits in with the appropriate dust deflectors and handles, as well as a rail that attaches to a 'you-supplied' 2x6. Screw the 2x to the log, lock the carriage in the rail and off you go.
The Mini Mill costs $84, which, to us, doesn't seem that bad. If you're the type who has always wanted to chop down a tree and make a table out of it, the cost of the tools are pretty insignificant when compared to the satisfaction of the completed project.
The Mini Mill looks like a nice set-up; small enough, and inexpensive enough for the ambitious diyer or woodworker.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 9, 2009 5:43 AM
I'm sure this is safe enough, but the full rack mills just seem like such a better idea. Instead of just one groove mounted foot like here, the dual rails of a full mill would give me much more confidence - especially when using a long bar saw.
but this does seem like a much better idea than having 6 highschool shop kids support a log to mill out boards on a 24" band saw. hat may or may not have happened in a NH highschool woodshop back in the day..