• Sawing Oddball Logs

    One of the greatest joys of running a sawmill (in addition to exercise and fresh air), is opening up a log to see the beauty inside. Often, I’ll have to stop, brush the sawdust off the log and take a minute to admire the grain and color of an unusual log. Some, like the fork… [Continue Reading]

    Sawing Oddball Logs
  • Blade Guides – Roller or Ceramic?

    Blade guides come in two basic designs—block guides (usually ceramic) and roller guides. If you’ve been on any sawmill forums, such as Norwood’s “Sawmill Connect”, you have no doubt seen a lively discussion and debate over the relative merits. First, I want to clear up the common misconception that those sawmills that come with block… [Continue Reading]

    Blade Guides – Roller or Ceramic?
  • How Long Should Your Band Saw Blade Last?

    That depends on a number of factors. I generally cut about 600 board feet of oak on a manual band saw mill, if the logs are decent size, and everything goes perfect. You might get close to twice the board footage when cutting softwoods. Now that you have the answer, you can skip the rest… [Continue Reading]

    How Long Should Your Band Saw Blade Last?
  • Philosophy of a Tree-Hugging Environmental Sawyer

    Every now and then, I get criticized for operating a portable sawmill service as just another crazy lumberjack whacking down trees, clearing forests, and destroying habitat.  I’m sure other sawmill operators have had similar experiences, so let me set the record straight … again (I wrote about this a couple of years ago but it… [Continue Reading]

    Philosophy of a Tree-Hugging Environmental Sawyer
  • Slabs & Sawdust – One Person’s Sawmill “Waste” is Another’s Opportunity

    One of the most common issues for sawyers is what to do with all the waste.  While band sawmills produce less than half the sawdust of circular sawmills, it still adds up, as do the slabs.  To most sawyers, sawdust and slabs are a nuisance—but they can be an opportunity for a little extra income.

    Slabs & Sawdust – One Person’s Sawmill “Waste” is Another’s Opportunity
  • A Log Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill Will Save You Time — And Your Back

    Getting logs onto the sawmill can be one of the most difficult parts of sawmilling. Whether you use a ramp and winch, front end loader, or use the Force to get a 1,500 pound log on your mill (ok, so I’m still working on the Force), having the logs on a raised deck ready to… [Continue Reading]

    A Log Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill Will Save You Time — And Your Back
  • How Much Should I Charge For Milling Lumber With My Sawmill

    The most common reason for buying a small sawmill is to mill lumber for your own projects. Once word gets out that you have a sawmill, people start calling you to mill for them as well. These jobs range from a few boards, to building a dog house, to a house, or a barn. Some… [Continue Reading]

    How Much Should I Charge For Milling Lumber With My Sawmill
  • Slabbing Big Logs for Big Profits with Your Portable Band Sawmill

      Easy tips and tricks to mill wide planks and slabs from high-value logs.

    Slabbing Big Logs for Big Profits with Your Portable Band Sawmill
  • Band Blade Sharpening for Optimum Portable Sawmill Production

    The Ultimate Successful Portable Sawmill Video Series – Tips & Strategies Video Series Episode #1: Optimum Band Blade Performance Tips to easily and professionally sharpen your band blades to maximize the performance of your portable sawmill.

    Band Blade Sharpening for Optimum Portable Sawmill Production
  • 14 Myths About Sawmilling and Trees

    Over the years, a number of myths have evolved about logs and sawmilling. Many have their basis in the experiences of sawyers, while others are just flat out wrong. Here are my observations about some of these myths.

    14 Myths About Sawmilling and Trees

Sawing Oddball Logs

One of the greatest joys of running a sawmill (in addition to exercise and fresh air), is opening up a log to see the beauty inside. Often, I’ll have to stop, brush the sawdust off the log and take a minute to admire the grain and color of an unusual log. Some, like the fork […]

Blade Guides – Roller or Ceramic?

Blade guides come in two basic designs—block guides (usually ceramic) and roller guides. If you’ve been on any sawmill forums, such as Norwood’s “Sawmill Connect”, you have no doubt seen a lively discussion and debate over the relative merits. First, I want to clear up the common misconception that those sawmills that come with block […]

How Long Should Your Band Saw Blade Last?

That depends on a number of factors. I generally cut about 600 board feet of oak on a manual band saw mill, if the logs are decent size, and everything goes perfect. You might get close to twice the board footage when cutting softwoods. Now that you have the answer, you can skip the rest […]

Philosophy of a Tree-Hugging Environmental Sawyer

Every now and then, I get criticized for operating a portable sawmill service as just another crazy lumberjack whacking down trees, clearing forests, and destroying habitat.  I’m sure other sawmill operators have had similar experiences, so let me set the record straight … again (I wrote about this a couple of years ago but it […]

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Slabs & Sawdust – One Person’s Sawmill “Waste” is Another’s Opportunity

A Log Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill Will Save You Time — And Your Back

How Much Should I Charge For Milling Lumber With My Sawmill

Slabbing Big Logs for Big Profits with Your Portable Band Sawmill

Band Blade Sharpening for Optimum Portable Sawmill Production

14 Myths About Sawmilling and Trees

Creating Business by Demonstrating Your Portable Sawmill

Using your Sawmill to Mill Short Logs

Log Sawing Patterns To Meet Lumber Customer Needs

Portable Sawmill Support Equipment

What is “Urban Lumber” and Why is it Important?

Milling Damaged Wood

Where To See a Portable Sawmill in Action

Where and How Can I Sell the Lumber I Cut on My Sawmill?

Cutting Your First Log on Your New Mobile Sawmill

How to Use the Entire Tree When Salvaging Wood and Cutting Lumber

Sustainable Forest Management

You Don’t Need a Woodlot to Find Valuable Wood

Band Sawmill Blade Performance Factors

Autumn Milling

Portable Sawmills

Blade Guides – Roller or Ceramic?

Blade guides come in two basic designs—block guides (usually ceramic) and roller guides. If you’ve been on any sawmill forums, such as Norwood’s “Sawmill Connect”, you have no doubt seen a lively discussion and debate over the relative merits. First, I want to clear up the common misconception that those sawmills that come with block […]

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