How We Turn Trees into Lumber With an Alaskan Chainsaw Mill

| 3/15/2016 9:36:00 AM

Tags: tools, lumber, milling, portable sawmills, chainsaws, Idaho, Alyssa Craft,

We purchased our off grid property in September of 2015 and one of the first things we wanted to do was see if it was viable to build a home out of trees on our own property using an Alaskan chainsaw mill.

While the idea of it all seemed good, we wanted to test our our theory for ourselves before we were too set on the idea. While we’re still assessing whether or not we should go this route for the full construction of our timber frame barn and home, we’re confident that we can create dimensional lumber out of trees so we thought we’d share how we get the job done somewhat easily.

Click here to watch a fun overview video of us going through this process, or keep on readin' about it below!

building with chainsaw mill wood

1. Cut down a tree.

It all starts with cutting down a tree. We chose to cut down a fir tree for the structural framework of our test project (a hot tub deck) as well as a pine tree for the decking. We picked trees that we thought we could easily fall and skid into millable positions. Read about our first tree felling experience here.

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