Working with a sawyer to cut custom lumber for your projects can be a great experience. Here are a few tips to make it even better.
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
Built tough for storm cleanup, tree felling, and firewood cutting, the MS 271 STIHL WOOD BOSS chain saw is designed with improved ergonomics and equipped with a low-emission, fuel-efficient engine.
We use available time in the winter to preform routine maintenance on appliances and tools.
Knowing where lumber sawyers exist locally opens the door to all kinds of DIY projects. For example, storm-damaged trees can be turned into useable lumber instead of heading to a chipper or landfill. But you can take advantage of milling lumber at local sawmills only if you know where to find them. There are online resources to help you find a sawmill near you. Search by state or Zip code using the sawmill locators below and you will be on your way to turning raw wood into quality-cut lumber for DIY projects without the need to purchase any equipment yourself.
This is a brief description of how to stack lumber so that it dries evenly after sawing. Also description of a chain saw dovetail bench.
Use materials at hand—stumps, logs, railroad ties, and sawmill slabs—to build a firewood log deck that takes the effort out of lifting the logs, and holds them at a convenient height for splitting.
If you often find yourself in need of lumber for various homestead projects, consider a small, portable sawmill to cut your own lumber. Portable milling equipment makes it possible for you to create dimensioned lumber for all kinds of DIY projects. The videos below show the versatility of portable sawmills in action. You will also discover tips to assist with assembly.
Think outside the box and consider outdoor power equipment for your Valentine this year.
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
Carbide saw blades last a long time and typically perform very well. Learn about two ways to keep them sharp and effective.
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
Starting in 2012, hydraulic and power attachments will be available to Norwood LumberMate Pro MX34 portable band sawmill owners.
Steve shares his time touring a plant that makes the kind of blades homesteaders use every day,
Advances in technology, beefier construction, and radical updates for increased automation result in Wood-Mizer’s most productive & high-tech industrial sawmill ever
Chainsaw safety equipment.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, guides an inquiring homeowner on how to find the right circular saw.
Rain chains are a smart, good-looking way to collect rainwater from your roof--but they can be pricey. You can make your own for next to nothing. Give your house a little bling.
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
Looking after your chickens in the winter and cutting with a solar-powered electric chainsaw.
Sawing oversized sycamore logs with my Norwood portable sawmill was a huge job, but yielded a lot of great lumber, and salvaged the logs instead of dozing them into a pile and burning them.
Stormy weather, wildlife and observations about trees.
A few thoughts about the activities here in southwest Missouri this spring, including plans for a garden, thinning and pruning trees, and salvaging urban logs
Cam Mather tries out a battery-powered chainsaw at his off-grid homestead in Ontario.
Observations and reminiscences of the 2012 MEN fair in Seven Springs, PA.
The first bite of frost brings a frenzy of activity.
Some observations after demonstrating the Norwood sawmills in Pennsylvania and Kansas.
This product is an ideal tool for woodworkers and log home builders.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
Here’s what to look for when purchasing a portable table saw for DIY building projects around your homestead.
Daniel Sheridan found a way to turn children's energy into electrical power with a see-saw that generates electricity. The see-saw should generate enough electricity to light a classroom for a whole evening after only five to 10 minutes of use.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
After discovering a family of wrens in his sawmill, Dave Boyt decides to take a break from sawmilling and make some necessary repairs to his antique tractor.
A break from usual blogs to share the celebration of my daughter's wedding.
Hedge (a.k.a. Osage orange, a.k.a. Bodark, a.k.a. horseapple) is a thorny problem, but also a remarkable resource, if you have the means to use it.
A first blog by sawmiller & long-time homesteader Dave Boyt. A little of my past history, and how I'm using my sawmill.
Using portable sawmill and basic timber frame techniques to build a utility shed.
Turning liabilities into assests.
A stack of cast-iron pans and a chainsaw helmet sum up why these homesteaders do what they do.
It is a busy time for planting here. Not tomatoes, peppers, or squash, though. We got in our order of trees from the Missouri Conservation Dept. last week. In the past, we had planted mostly walnut, but we have a good enough supply of our own walnut seedlings that we are focusing on native trees that could use a boost to restore the forest to what it once was. So we are planting pecan on the bottom areas, shortleaf pine on ridge tops where the soil is poor, and burr oak on the better upland areas.
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
To say the sawmill is just a piece in the homestead puzzle might be a slight understatement. In some ways, it's a key factor.
With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities
Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.
Salvaging logs is always a challenge-- but finding buried treasure in it always makes it worthwhile. This salvage job came after the land had been cleared by the owner, and the best lumber pick over buy a logger.
Regeneration of trees on a harvested area give hope for generations to come.
Hud-Son Forest Equipment would like to introduce the all new 2012 HFE-21 Homesteader portable sawmill.
Describing how we are trying to provide a low budget solar panel back up system for under 1000 dollars that will run our laptops and router along with a few other things if the local power grid has any issues.