Using your Sawmill to Mill Short Logs

How is it that you spend twice as long milling short logs for half the lumber?  The fact is, sawmills are typically designed to take logs 8’4” and longer.  Anything shorter either gets cut for firewood or left out in the woods to rot.  These are often logs with “character”—crotches, burls, bends, and unusual grain.  […]

Log Sawing Patterns To Meet Lumber Customer Needs

Ask any four sawyers the best way to cut a log and you’ll likely get at least a dozen different opinions. Often the disagreement comes because they use different terms to describe exactly the same procedures.

Portable Sawmill Support Equipment

When people consider buying a portable sawmill, they often overlook the importance of support equipment. While the mill itself is a major investment, you may find it is likely to be less than half your total investment in a complete sawmill operation. The other equipment depends on the kind of cutting you will be doing, […]

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

“Urban Lumber” is wood that has been harvested from residences, businesses, city parks, and areas being cleared for development.  Most of these trees are chipped for mulch or buried in a landfill.  The magnitude of this “waste” is staggering.  According to the U.S. Forest Service, five billion board feet of usable lumber—about 1/3 of all […]