Basic Portable Sawmill Maintenance: Blade Care


Forest Ranger Using Portable Sawmill 

USDA Forest Service engineer Neal Bennett adjusts a log on the portable sawmill at the Greenbrier Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest, Pocahontas County, West Virginia
Photo by Flickr/Monongahela National Forest

Modern homesteaders are enjoying simpler, richer, more fulfilling lives, inspired from the fruits of their own hard-earned labor.

It's understandable then that the decision to build a home or shelter using one's own milled wood is a popular goal among many homesteaders, and has been throughout the ages. Those living on wooded acreage or with access to an authorized raw wood stock may experience the true joy and satisfaction that this very rewarding endeavor can bring.

The reward may not necessarily reflect that solely from a monetary standpoint. In fact, depending on the scope and size of a project, harvesting and processing wood from one's own wood stock can easily become a very complex process. You may be asking how so? Well, there is the felling of specific trees, milling, drying, and the storage of various lumber that can make for an arduous experience. An experience which can quickly become more expensive and less convenient than purchasing standard frame lumber from a standard commercial retailer at the outset.

So, if milling one's own lumber costs potentially more in time, money, and labor, then why do it?

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