Milling Damaged Wood

Life out in the woods is brutal, even for a tree. During its lifetime, a tree can sustain damage from fire, insects, lightning, drought, floods, freezing weather, wind and whatever else Mother Nature decides she wants to throw at it. Add man-made damage from careless logging, grazing and the consequences of recreational use (deer blinds, […]

Where To See a Portable Sawmill in Action

Whether you are thinking about buying your first portable sawmill, upgrading your equipment or just looking for new ideas and better ways to run a sawmill, there is no substitute for seeing a bandsaw mill in action. There are a lot of YouTube videos of sawmills, which is a good start, but nothing like seeing […]

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

The best part about running a portable sawmill is being out on a beautiful day with a light breeze at your back (blowing the sawdust away from you) and taking one perfect board at a time off each log you cut. However, after a while, it may occur to you (or, in my case, my […]

Cutting Your First Log on Your New Mobile Sawmill

So, you’ve purchased a brand-new portable band sawmill. Now what? Here are ten helpful tips and a beginner’s project to successfully mill your first log and gain valuable learning experience along the way. Check over your mill set-up Setting up your new mill is a relatively straightforward process as portable sawmill manufacturers provide detailed instructions, […]

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

First of all, when it comes to using the entire tree, you can trust nature to waste nothing. Eons before the first axe took a bite out of a tree, the nutrients and organic material in dead trees returned to enrich and build up the soil. Along the way, the tree provided habitat to cavity […]

Sustainable Forest Management

“A young man,” the saying goes, “plants turnips.  An old man plants trees.” As I get on in my years (I’m pushing 60), the idea of leaving behind a legacy becomes more important. Few legacies last longer and affect more people than trees. If you are lucky enough to have a woodlot, you probably have […]

You Don’t Need a Woodlot to Find Valuable Wood

Those piles of lumber air drying out by the barn are a real source of pride for me, and I love it when someone looks at the wood and asks where I found the logs. The assumption is that wood with beauty and character must come from expensive logs, or imported from Africa or South […]

Band Sawmill Blade Performance Factors

The blade is at the heart of the portable band sawmill. Yet, to many, blade maintenance is almost as much art as it is science. There are nearly as many tricks and techniques for sharpening bandsaw blades as there are recipes for the perfect barbecue sauce. To make matters even more complex, there are many […]

Autumn Milling

Autumn has to be the best time to run a portable bandsaw mill here in the Missouri Ozarks.  After a summer of enduring 100-degree temperatures, fighting off ticks and chiggers, dealing with dehydration, and entertaining visitors (who usually show up when I am trying to patch up the hydraulics on my old 8N Ford tractor, […]

Custom Milling on Your Portable Sawmill

The simplest solution to marketing lumber is to sell the service instead of the wood.  A number of sawyers have built successful businesses on the basis of custom milling. The simplest custom milling job is for the customer to provide the logs and hire you to mill them on your bandsaw mill either at your […]