Repurposing Scrap Wood

From decorative signs to nest boxes, there are many ways you can repurpose pallets, lumber, or even logs around your home. Learn about some of the ways you can turn scrap wood into something useful!

Polyface Farm’s Unfair Advantage

Polyface has an “Unfair Advantage," but the good news is that you do, too! Here, Tim shares his thoughts on how your Unfair Advantage sets you apart from the crowd and bestows gifts on you that you can turn into success. The trick is learning to utilize your own Unfair Advantage.

The Recycled Log Cabin

I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.

Find Sustainably Harvested Wood

If you’re getting ready to build a home or begin a woodworking project, consider building with sustainable wood products. With help from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council databases, you can locate sustainably harvested wood.

Sawing Sycamore With a Norwood Portable Sawmill

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.

Portable Sawmill Options: Bandsaw and Chainsaw Mills

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.

Forty Years of Splitting Firewood

Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.

Pushing limits

With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities

Eating Cicadas and Building a Porch

Eating cicadas, building a porch, and hauling lumber for said porch all in the same week with several images of the action as well as some bee installation pictures.

Salvaging Timber

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.

Pruning Logs for Lumber

Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.

Over The Garden Gate

How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.

Good Wood

Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.