He’s keen to add the planer blade and sanding kit accessories to his toolset, which will give him more control over the quality of the finished boards.
He recently has been milling Redwood and Macrocarpa logs, and is keeping the slabs for future on-selling. Depending on the chosen cutting pattern, one wide slab is attainable from every log with every Peterson swing blade. After milling half way through a log, flip it onto the top of a half sawn log, and continue milling as per normal. If you don’t require multiple slabs out of each log this is an accurate, economical method of producing them. You then have the option of leaving a live edge for a rustic look, or flipping the blade to the vertical position and cutting the edge to leave a perfectly square slab.
“I like how the mill fits on the back of my 8×4 ft trailer and how easy it is to set up”
Gordon is a long-time hobby woodworker. He loves working with wood and has been making end grain chopping boards on and off over the years. More recently, he came across a website where a Russian woodworker is showing how to make end grain chopping boards showing remarkable 3d effects. Gordon has now begun making these himself: “I give them away to friends. I gave one to the local Menzshed who included it in their Christmas sale. It sold, eventually, and though many admired it most said it was too good to use as a chopping board”.