Friday, January 15, 2021

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...

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...
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...
stack of logs for myths about sawmills

14 Myths About Sawmilling and Trees

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Over the years, a number of myths have evolved about logs and sawmilling. Many have their basis in the experiences of sawyers, while others...
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...
Short Cherry Log in Sawmill

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...
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,...
Large Macrocarpa Log

Sawing Imperfect Logs

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When I first started running a portable sawmill, I was confident every board was going to be free of defects; I would have a...
cutting a walnut root

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...
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...