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Saw Mill related Subject (pictures)
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Robert in W. Mi.    Posted 03-24-2001 at 12:37:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm sure some of you here are interested in saw mill related subjects, so here's one for you.
Last summer i purchased an Edger from Norwood Industries to go with my saw mill. It comes all on one pallet, and i took pictures as i assembled it. An edger is a HUGE asset to a saw mill, and it's really working out well for me.
The link below will get you to the pictures.
Hope you all enjoy them,

brady    Posted 10-13-2002 at 12:42:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
where did you find the plans to build your own bandmill. and where are you getting the pulleys at and your planed cost of this project when completed

Johnny    Posted 03-25-2001 at 13:17:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Robert, thanks for posting the pics, I have a part time pallet mill and am interested in what kind of dollars you are getting for your lumber, I have been paying 30 to 40 cents per bf for hardwood tie sides,1x6's and 2x8's here in East Tx. Not alot of money but was just wondering what you are getting for your product and what it is being used for? Johnny

Robert in W. Mi.    Posted 03-25-2001 at 16:22:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Johnny,
Actually i never intended to sell any of the lumber i mill. That doesn't mean that i don't though. I some times trade some for something ?? i want, all so there are a few wood workers that come by, and buy some too. I've all so parted with quite a bit to my brother, who all so likes to butcher wood.
I'm now retired for the most part, and i was a custom furniture/cabinet maker. Haveing the equipment i have keeps me busy, and allows some self sufficiency.
Right now i'm sawing mostly 2x6's for this summers building projects. There's always something to do around my place!
Glad you enjoyed the pictures,

F14...Cool!    Posted 03-24-2001 at 15:33:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks like a great rig! You might be just the man I need to talk to.

I want to build a barn REALLY bad, but there's darn few bucks in the budget for it. I have access to all the logs I can lug off, and a way to lug them.

Plan A is to have someone come in with a portable mill (probably a band mill) and saw them up into boards.

Plan B is to build my own band mill from a set of plans I sent off for.

My questions are these:

1. What do you think of bandmills? This will be a board-and-batten barn, so roughsawn lumber is fine, and accuracy isn't critical. I'll frame it up out of commercial lumber.

2. Seeing as an edger is out of the question, I'm assuming I'd have to saw the logs square or rectangular until I have a clean slab to saw boards out of. Lot of waste, but I don't see any other way.

3. Is there such a thing as a PTO driven circular blade mill, and would I be better off with one?

4. Any websites or other references for beginning sawyers? I'm not COMPLETELY ignorant, as I worked in my FIL's sawmill for a couple of years, but just feeding the edger or swingsaw.

5. Am I completely out of my mind, should I forget the whole thing and have a pro come in?

Robert in W. Mi.    Posted 03-24-2001 at 16:51:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a band mill, and in my opinion it's the best way to go. A band mill will get up to 30% more lumber out of a log over a circular mill.
Yes, there are PTO powered mills. It takes pretty good HP to run any mill that's decent though.
Building your own band mill sounds like a "not too bad" project, untill you get into it!!! It sounds a lot easier than it is! Knowing what i know now, i wouldn't do it!
Building a barn is a lot of work in it self!! If i were you, i'd cut and skid the logs to an area, and hire a portable mill to come in and saw them to what ever you want out of them!!! I'd be willing to bet you in the long run, this will be the cheapest way out!!
One more thing, even though i have my own saw mill, i still buy pressure treated post, and skirt boards for my building projects!!! Don't go cheapo here!!
I'm building 20 more feet onto my barn this summer. I have all ready bought the pressure treated 4x6" post for it!!
Glad you liked the pictures,

Dick Holcombe    Posted 10-30-2003 at 18:19:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am 88 years old and have had several saw mills over the years, including circle and band. I am in the process of building an 1870 era, "up and down" saw mill. Do you have any information related to these earley mills. The general type would include "up and down", "muley" or "sash saw".

Dick Holcombe

F14    Posted 03-24-2001 at 18:17:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for getting back to me. I have some plans coming for a band mill, I'll at least look at the idea. I love making stuff, but based on your input, I'll look at it more critically before I decide.

I have a line on some treated telephone poles that will be the main supporting members, and I have a stack of recycled trusses that will support the hayloft portion. I'll use PT for the nailers and skirtboards for sure, I'm with ya all the way on that! If I can get all or most of the sheathing and roof decking out of my supply of logs, that will save me a bundle.

Thanks again for your reply.

Dave    Posted 07-03-2001 at 10:00:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good Morning

I was rather interested in your comments about building your own band mill; I imagine this would be a challenging project. However I was wondering if you could answer the following questions:

Where were you able to obtain the band mill plans from?
How much were they?
What's your thoughts on the plans?
Have you attempted to build your own mill?
If so, how difficult and expensive was the project.
Finally would you recommend to others?

Many thanks


Rick Allen    Posted 12-24-2003 at 07:45:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not plans but check it out, it might help.

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