Saturday, November 28, 2020
International Log Measurement Scale

Measuring Logs and Lumber Using Different Scales

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When is a board foot not a board foot? Most of the time, as it turns out.  You probably already know that a 2x4...
Pile of wood slabs from a portable sawmill

Slabs & Sawdust – One Person’s Sawmill “Waste” is Another’s Opportunity

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One of the most common issues for sawyers is what to do with all the waste.  While band sawmills produce less than half the...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Log deck ramp for portable bandsaw mill

A Log Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill Will Save You Time — And Your...

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Getting logs onto the sawmill can be one of the most difficult parts of sawmilling. Whether you use a ramp and winch, front end...
portable sawmill

Starting a Sawmilling Business and Making Money with a Portable Sawmill

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Starting a portable milling business is a good way to work part time to build some extra income or even something that can be...
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...
sawing a log

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...