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    Jun 30, 2013, 02:17 PM
    How to mill planks, with hand tools...
    I have been in need of fixing up my chicken coop. I built it from scraps that where piled up, old doors, old pieces of lumber and plywood, scrap wood. Turned out really good for about a year. It's still really sturdy but bears and wild animals are taking a toll on its outside. I have been really wanting to get a truckload of pallets and reconstruct a new one but My truck is down and out for now.

    What I want to learn to do is cut planks of wood with a handsaw. I have a couple chainsaws, things like that. & and a lot of hand tools, all different kinds of saws, a circular saw, jig saw, planers, etc.

    What would be the easiest way to do this if I were to drag out an 8 foot section of log and set it up.
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    Jun 30, 2013, 02:18 PM
    Want to use the chainsaw as little as possible. Need it for firewood this year or I'll freeze and die.
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    Jun 30, 2013, 02:20 PM
    Well, you have to cut the log lengthwise, do you have the ability to do that ?

    A chainsaw is not going to work that way, would be difficult, and probably wreck your chain saw. Is there a mill nearby so that you can get the log planked ?

    Why not buy wood already milled?

    You need two people eventually, gosh, now you are going to find out what problems early settlers had
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    Jun 30, 2013, 02:53 PM
    Yea there are plenty of mills around here. All I have is 15 cents.
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    Jun 30, 2013, 02:55 PM
    Might just build a little log cabin for them to live in... With ma bear hands and an axe.
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    Jun 30, 2013, 03:07 PM
    Where I live, people are so glad to get rid of pallets that I'd bet they'd deliver them.
    In frontier days, people used an adze and a series of wood or stone wedges down the length of the log, to split rough planks. Then if they were lucky they owned a plane.
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    Jun 30, 2013, 08:54 PM
    You will burn out your arm trying yo use a hand saw. Go to a mill and see if they will give you the side cutoffs from truing a log before making a cant.

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