How I Operate a Sawmill: Turning Trees into Lumber (In Depth Video)

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Right now, I’m milling lumber from last year into 4-quarter boards which is 1 inch thick boards. I’m milling enough of that until I get enough wood to use for flooring for the house and then I’m going to move on to thicker pieces for furniture, doors and things like that.

I have a Hud-son Farm Boss 36 sawmill, it can theoretically brake down a log that is 36 inch in diameter, cut the skins on all four sides and come down to a cant. The actual opening that the blade can cut is 22 inches.

It is a good idea to paint ingrain of the log with an insealer on both sides, this will prevent checking to occur during drying.

Be careful when load log onto mill you don’t want to risk slamming it into a mill. I’m using skid steer loader and canthook to carefully roll a log onto a mill. Keep in mind orientation of checks on sides of the log when you position it for sawing. Another thing you need to consider is what types of boards you want to get out of it. There are a few different ways you can saw this: plain sawn, quarter sawn and rift sawn.

Before you start sawing, secure the log against dogs to prevent it from moving. The one side of the log is wider than the other so try to average you cuts to maximize material you get from it. While cutting cant into lumber, take into consideration that the sawblade itself takes 1/16 of an inch each time you make a cut.

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