Saturday, July 24, 2021
cutting through a log with a sawmill

How Much Should I Charge For Milling Lumber With My Sawmill

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The most common reason for buying a small sawmill is to mill lumber for your own projects. Once word gets out that you have...
Spalted Persimmon on a mill

Wood Variety is the Spice of a Sawyer’s Life

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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?”,...

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...

Philosophy of a Tree-Hugging Environmental Sawyer

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Every now and then, I get criticized for operating a portable sawmill service as just another crazy lumberjack whacking down trees, clearing forests, and...

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...
Learning the Sawmill Ropes

Where To See a Portable Sawmill in Action

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Whether you are thinking about buying your first portable sawmill, upgrading your equipment or just looking for new ideas and better ways to run...
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...

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...
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...
towing a portable bandsaw mill

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...