During the winter of 2018, we had an ice storm that broke several limbs out of a sycamore tree at the end of our driveway. Two or three of the branches were stuck up high in the tree and I didn’t want to take a chance on them falling out when someone was standing underneath. Milling sycamore slabs is in our future!

We decided the tree needed to come down.

Once the bigger sycamore was down, we cut it to length. This Timberjack peavey tool is legit! It lifts the end of the up off the ground to protect your blade from hitting the dirt.

The next step is buying the Granberg Chainsaw Mill. We elected to get the 24″ mill as it’s advertised as cutting a max of 20″ wide log. I found this not to be the case with my Husqvarna chainsaw. You get a max 18.5″. Kind of a letdown, but whatever.

Assembly was a breeze but I did spend a bit dialing in the depth of the mill. Also installed was a ripping chain that I also purchased from Granberg.

I decided to test it out on the smaller section at the end of the log. I was really surprised at how easy this cut.

Here’s the haul from the day:

So this was a great test into milling sycamore. Can’t wait to tackle the bigger logs once the weather warms up a bit!

Update March 16:

We tackled one of the larger logs and WOW, did it yield some nice boards. Take a look below!

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