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He Makes Wood Siding With His Chainsaw
“It eliminates the need for an expensive sawmill to make wood siding and other beveled wood products,” says Walter Rodler, Debert, Nova Scotia, about his home-built attachment that’s designed to fit any chainsaw.
  It’s designed to be used on logs that have already been squared to anywhere from 6 to 12 in. It consists of a 1-ft. sq. tubular metal frame, with 4-in. high metal sides, that bolts onto the saw’s bar (two 3/8-in. dia. holes are drilled into the bar). A handle is bolted to the frame. A removable 9-in. wide by 12-in. long metal tray with slots is bolted on at all four corners to the underside of the frame. By loosening the bolts, the tray can be adjusted up or down according to the desired thickness, or left or right depending on the desired angle.
  A plexiglass guard is bolted onto the tubular frame to keep sawdust away from the operator.
  “It’s really handy to use. There are commercial attachments for bandsaw mills, but as far as I know no one makes anything for using a chainsaw to produce finished material such as the boards used around windows,” says Rodler. “It lets me make 6 to 8-in. wide clapboards that are thicker at one end than the other, and cut bevels at any angle. It’s also safe to use because the bar is out of sight underneath and is always pointed away from me. And it makes use of the chainsaw’s existing chain - no special ripping chain is required. I file the chain’s square teeth to almost 0 degrees and file the rakes four times more than normal.
  “I’ve used it to make wood siding for buildings and to make finish boards for around doors and windows.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Walter Rodler, P.O. Box 695, Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada B0M 1G0 (ph 902 662-3213; swrodler@eastlink.ca).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #3