How To Make A Chainsaw Mill In 4 Steps

protective gloves on chainsaw

Chainsaws are not just useful when it comes to cutting trees and making sure that tree branches are trimmed properly. With the right set up, you can actually use a chainsaw to make precise wood cuts to make planks or lumber to use for your construction projects.

In order to make them however, you will need to make sure that you know your chainsaw quite well. You need to have several hours of experience using, maintaining and cleaning your chainsaw. You will also have to make sure that you have a chainsaw that is long or big enough to take on such a huge task.

You need to keep in mind that you cannot use just any other chainsaw to make the mill. You will have to make use of a professional-grade and high quality chainsaw that loggers can use so you can cut effectively and avoid accidents. To make a chainsaw mill, you need to follow these steps carefully.

Things You Need To Prepare

1. Safety Gear

chainsaw protective gears

Aside from handing the chainsaw, you have to do a lot of cutting and welding. This is why you need to have the proper safety attire. This includes work gloves, steel-toe boots, eye protection, ear protection and the proper leg protection.

2. A Chainsaw

a chainsaw

You will need to have a gas powered chainsaw. The chainsaw needs to be at least 16 inches long but I highly recommend that you get a 20-inch one. Try not to opt for cheap chainsaws and always look for quality. You need to understand that using a mill demands a lot of power from the chainsaw.

3. Square Stock

quare Stock

You will need this to make the frame of the chainsaw mill. They have to be thick enough so that they will not bend easily under pressure. You can opt for other types of steel for the frame but always use something light but strong enough for heavy duty use.

4. A Metal Saw

A Metal Saw

This will be used to cut the square stock. You can opt to use power tools for as long as you have the right blade to cut the thick steel properly.

5. Measuring Tools

a measure tape

You will need to have a measuring tape as well as a steel rule so you can measure the materials properly. You can also opt to use a tape measure or an ordinary ruler if you do not have these tools.

6. Pen And Paper

Pen And Paper

This will allow you to make a blueprint for the chainsaw mill. You can also go online and print any mill plan that you can download.

7. Welding Machine

Welding Machine

This will be used to weld the metal pieces together. Depending on what type of machine you have, you will need to have welding rods or a reliable source of electricity. You will also need to have the right safety gear like a welding mask and welding gloves.

You will also need the following

  • A drill
  • Drill bits
  • Nuts
  • Bolts
  • Washers
  • Lock Washers
  • 1-inch diameter steel pipe
  • Vice grips
  • Sheet steel

How To Make A Chainsaw Mill In 4 Steps

Step 1: Make The Proper Measurements

take measurements

Using your measuring tools, pen and paper, you will need to measure the chainsaw and the tree trunk you need to cut. Make sure that the mill is wide enough to accommodate the chainsaw and cut the tree even at its thickest area. Draw the plan on paper and mark the metal pieces properly.

Step 2: Cut The Metal Pieces

Cut The Metal Pieces

Now that you’ve marked the pieces, you need to use your saw to cut them. Always wear the proper safety attire so you won’t get injured. Make precise cuts and avoid making sharp edges. Try to temporarily assemble the pieces over the chainsaw. The frame should not be wider than the guide bar.

Step 3: Drill And Weld

Drill And Weld

Now that the metal pieces have been cut to the proper sizes, you will need to drill the holes in the right locations. You should then weld the frame together using your grips and welding machine. Attach the nuts, bolts, washers and lock washers so you can clamp the saw or move the parts of the mill properly.

Step 4: Attach The Chainsaw

start a chainsaw

Now that the set up is finished, you should then attach the chainsaw. Make sure that it is properly secured and that the chain or the tip will not come into contact with the metal parts. Wear the proper safety gear and start the chainsaw so you can test it if the mill works.


A chainsaw mill can be used to help you cut lumber or planks from a round log. If you have the necessary skills and tools, you can actually make the mill at home using the proper plan and steps. If you lack the skills to make one, you can always opt to buy a commercial chainsaw mill instead.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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