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, […]

Tools of the Sawmilling Trade

When you go out on a cutting job with your portable sawmill, what do you take with you? If you’re working close to home and can make a quick run for gas or a 9/16” socket wrench, forgetting a vital piece of equipment is no big deal. But when you drive 40 miles to a […]

Wood Variety is the Spice of a Sawyer’s Life

When it comes to using a portable bandsaw mill the question should be not “What can you cut?” but rather “What can’t you cut?”, as you’ll clearly see from some of the photos below. In fact, some of the best and most interesting lumber will come from perhaps the unlikeliest of sources, from hedgewood or […]

Ozark Tree Fact – Sawmilling Hedge is a Good Bet

Trees and wood have impacted our culture in surprising ways and I’m always interested in learning about these impacts along with the folklore that gets handed down with them. Living in the Ozarks, there is plenty of fact and fiction surrounding our forests and sometimes the distinction between the two is a thin, blurry line. […]

Measuring Logs and Lumber Using Different Scales

When is a board foot not a board foot? Most of the time, as it turns out.  You probably already know that a 2×4 is a nominal (meaning “by name”) measurement for a board 1-3/4” by 3-1/2”. But what about determining the amount of lumber in logs when your cutting them on a portable sawmill? […]

Spring Cleaning Around Your Sawmill

What is it with spring cleaning? Why spend all that time tidying up during the muddiest season of the year? If it were just the wife and me (our children are grown and out on their own), it wouldn’t be a problem, but with the half-dozen stray dogs my wife has picked up over the […]

Portable Sawmills, Kerf Ratings and Your Profits

Portable sawmill operators are always looking for ways to maximize efficiency and increase profits, while keeping their costs down.  That’s why it is important to know about portable sawmills and kerf ratings.  This is one area, which can put more money in your pockets without changing your operating style. When producing lumber, the kerf rating […]

Portable Sawmill Quality

  Quality-Built in the USA & Canada – Where is the sawmill made and by who?  It’s not uncommon to see Chinese and Polish-made mills on the market.  And the companies selling them don’t tell you that’s where they’re from!  Good luck getting parts for some of those foreign mills!  Protect yourself!  Make absolutely sure […]