SIMPLE JIG! turns “Tablesaw” into small “Sawmill”!

this “how-to” “diy” video shows how small logs can be milled into lumber using a table saw! With a ten inch table saw it is possible to cut a 6 inch plank using the jig shown in this video. Pen Blanks, dowel stock, small tops, no problem with this simple jig!

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  1. John Treble
    March 29, 2016

    Good stuff! I have a bunch of solid oak logs around 6" in diameter. Now I know how to turn those logs into useable lumber!

  2. Lego Joe
    March 31, 2016

    Neat jig! Thanks, man!

  3. Don Motz
    April 13, 2016

    Great jig Izzy…those hickory pieces r great for bottom slides on tablesaw sleds or any time u need a hardwood slide…..tons of uses…Thanx for the tips.

  4. Leonardo Rivera
    April 15, 2016

    Great video.

  5. Rodger Webster
    April 23, 2016

    You are always an inspiration, this one has solved my problem with small logs.

  6. Carlos Rodriguez
    June 1, 2016

    great video sir!

  7. mtgrizzly52
    June 14, 2016

    What a great idea and jig…thank you!

  8. Wholesome Healthiness
    June 16, 2016

    Another excellent video! Great idea.

  9. Jim Fortune
    July 4, 2016

    You have gotten much more comfortable in front of the camera over the years! I'm really glad you stuck it out.

  10. Joe n
    July 29, 2016

    sent from robbs homemade

  11. syed yasir
    August 1, 2016

    Thanks Sir, I learnt from this video.

  12. jera5554
    August 2, 2016

    So would you say wood works know how to get jiggy with it??…

  13. Dr E Stan Miller
    August 25, 2016

    Thanks – its great, tought me extras!

  14. Ben Setliff
    September 23, 2016

    Love your videos…

  15. Seth Bracken
    October 7, 2016

    Your video making skills have really improved. The ideas, tips, and jig making were and are still great. Thanks for making these for us.

  16. Eric Croyle
    October 20, 2016

    great video I love making things from the land.. makes the items more valuable to me

  17. patrick mcglone
    November 13, 2016

    and what did you do to get the log completely clean?

  18. Kevin Meagher
    November 22, 2016

    Izzy you should consider the fact that there are people that will try this and get hurt. Yes your doing it for entertainment; but think about it,and for what $5 of wood

  19. JS Quacker
    November 30, 2016

    Great ideas, thank you!

  20. Tom Cool
    December 27, 2016

    There has got to be a simpler and better way. How about just throwing the jig away and using the fence that came with the saw.

  21. sam mas
    January 20, 2017

    Excellent. I liked your videos from the get go. you have always shown something unique. Thank you

  22. Shinobi Knight 300
    February 1, 2017

    Can't you just split the log in the middle. Hew the bark to square the log then saw the sides and bottoms. Then take the two logs with two push sticks. Make sure the saw blade is sharp. I may also recommend a sled or something.

  23. iLovewood
    February 3, 2017

    Can you post the video when the log gets caught by the blade and no riving knife keeps it from kicking back with you standing right behind the jig?

  24. Greg Brooks
    February 6, 2017

    Izzy,  I have a bunch of walnut and oak logs that are 4-7 feet long and 5-12inches in diameter.  A sawmill is no where to be found and wanted to know what would be the best piece of equipment to mill them up into 3/4" boards for a hardwood floor.  I know about the Alaskan saw mill with a chainsaw but thought you might know of a jig to make on a band saw or table saw.

  25. Mohd Idris
    February 15, 2017

    Thanck you for sharing..

  26. Madison Decker
    March 8, 2017

    great video, this really helps me.

  27. Ali S
    March 22, 2017

    That's right. This stuff isn't anywhere else. I watch these videos to encourage my own thinking out of the box in finding creative solutions. A true engineer. May God bless you and keep you safe.

  28. Ellinon Enosis
    April 6, 2017

    You do love jigs don't you…… I imagine your wife waking up in the middle of the night and hearing you mumble " oh baby you are the best jig i ever made, oh i love your curves and joints baby" 😀

    ps My favorite jig of yours is the "spiral cutting jig with router" <3

  29. Majid Alamri
    April 19, 2017

    Izzy swan, I can't help it you are awesome and I can't stop my self from viewing your videos over and over.

    Keep up the good work

  30. Haji al Kidya
    April 20, 2017

    Works for me, Izzy!  Thanks!I am in the process of building my table saw.

  31. what ever
    April 25, 2017

    thats a log thats a joke bad bad idea

  32. chris forry
    April 29, 2017

    Very cool! I think this is what I need to do my project. The church next door downed some Eucalyptus trees and they allowed me to take some logs. It was an ironbark so I chiseled off the bark for seasoning purposes. I don't know much about this in general, or this wood, but am learning as I go. I was wondering if it's best to lumber the logs while they're still wet before they dry out. I've read that Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus crebra) what I have, is a very hard wood that they use to use on railroads years ago. I have basically two sets of different sized logs. I have X8 logs that are about 4,5 & 6" X 19" and X4 logs that are about 9"X17". My question is do I need to make 2 different jigs or can one accommodate both sizes? Thanks.

  33. Bud Gillett
    May 21, 2017

    Why would anyone give a thumbs down. I appreciate your clever jigs, tips, and ideas!

  34. Joshua Bolles
    June 12, 2017

    I am trying to replicate this jig as it is just what i was looking for, can you tell me the basic dimensions of this jig?

  35. Leonardo Remis
    August 29, 2017

    Very smart!!

  36. Red 6Romeo
    November 11, 2017

    Great vid! Going to build one of these today.

  37. tonyswhirl
    November 17, 2017

    Stone smooth – great vid – I like your handle thing for the saw – I am going to make one – thanks!

  38. William B
    December 6, 2017

    I just got a DeWalt model 745 with a 10" blade and a 15A motor. I've ripped locust, oak, cherry, and so on, but with a Kobalt (Lowe's brand and same specs) and ultimately burned out the motor. I don't want to ruin the DeWalt. Today I ripped some birch and squared up some small white oak and seemed to do OK. Any suggestions on keeping the motor in good shape? Wish I had a portable mill at times but that's not a reality! I don't have a band saw either. Thanks.

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