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Using your Sawmill to Mill Short Logs

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How is it that you spend twice as long milling short logs for half the lumber?  The fact is, sawmills are typically designed to...

Log Sawing Patterns To Meet Lumber Customer Needs

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

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“Urban Lumber” is wood that has been harvested from residences, businesses, city parks, and areas being cleared for development.  Most of these trees are...
Split Oak Log

Milling Damaged Wood

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Life out in the woods is brutal, even for a tree. During its lifetime, a tree can sustain damage from fire, insects, lightning, drought,...
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Where and How Can I Sell the Lumber I Cut on My Sawmill?

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The best part about running a portable sawmill is being out on a beautiful day with a light breeze at your back (blowing the...
logging leftovers

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

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First of all, when it comes to using the entire tree, you can trust nature to waste nothing. Eons before the first axe took...
Milling Lumber

You Don’t Need a Woodlot to Find Valuable Wood

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Those piles of lumber air drying out by the barn are a real source of pride for me, and I love it when someone...
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Autumn Milling

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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...
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Custom Milling on Your Portable Sawmill

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The simplest solution to marketing lumber is to sell the service instead of the wood.  A number of sawyers have built successful businesses on...
stacked lumber

Profitably Market Lumber Cut on Your Own Portable Sawmill

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You can only mill so much lumber with your portable bandsaw mill before you have enough stacked up in the shed, barn, garage and...

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Sawing Oddball Logs

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One of the greatest joys of running a sawmill (in addition to exercise and fresh air), is opening up a log to see the...

Blade Guides – Roller or Ceramic?

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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...

How Long Should Your Band Saw Blade Last?

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That depends on a number of factors. I generally cut about 600 board feet of oak on a manual band saw mill, if the...