There's been a number of threads on cutting your own lumber. I thought I'd share my latest experience with it. Last fall in the area around our cabin we had a big wind storm which blew down quite a few large spruce. Seemed a shame to cut it all into firewood so I figured I'd use my Alaska Chainsaw Mill to make timbers for a future (larger) cabin. The intent was to do this last year but record snowfall had me dividing my time between shoveling snow and playing in it. This past summer came and went, so here I am finally getting around to it. Fortunately the trees are still in good shape, some alive with green needles even though they've been knocked over.
Anyway, here's a series of pictures of the project:
This is the first tree, a big one, limbed and bucked into the lengths I wanted.
Next, I attached a set of slabbing rails that I made to the top of the log. These guide the first horizontal cut on the log.
Here's the chainsaw "mill" about halfway through the first cut on the log.