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, […]

Milling Different Tree Species

In the Missouri Ozarks, there is a plethora of tree species to keep things interesting at the sawmill. Technically the forest is classified as oak-hickory, but the nine species of oak and four species of hickory don’t begin to describe the diversity. Sycamore, walnut, cherry, sassafras, persimmon, sweet gum, pecan, elm, mulberry, honey locust, Osage […]

Upgrading Your Portable Band Sawmill

Operating a portable sawmill opens up a world of possibilities, both as a source of building material and as a source of income. When working weekends or in your spare time, those aching muscles are just part of a good day’s work.  But as your confidence grows and you take on more challenging jobs, you […]

Top Ten Reasons for Owning a Portable Bandsaw Mill

If you’re considering the purchase of a mill to cut your own lumber or to start a sawmilling business, we’ve come up with a list of ten good reasons to continue that train of thought (or perhaps to help you sell the notion to a spouse or business partner). 10.  A bandsaw mill is the […]

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 […]