A Day With the Sawmill



I got to spend a great day last weekend running the sawmill with the kids.  There is no better feeling than creating something with your own hands.  That feeling is like a drug to the tradesmen of this world, it does not matter where you live or what your background is, the feeling is the same the world over.

For years I have cut logs up for firewood that I was sad to throw into the wood stove.  Now I don’t have to feel that anymore, one more reason I am happy I bought my mill.  If I run into a log in the firewood pile that has some neat character to it it goes right onto the mill and then to the sticker pile.

As in all things in life, milling your own lumber is a process of looking ahead.  I say that because I am not milling that lumber for today’s project (with the exception of the barn) but for the projects of tomorrow.

I have a goal through all of this blogging, YouTubing and posting to Instructables.  That goal is to someday move towards a dream of making my living from right here on the homestead.  It may seem like an impossible thing to do but there is always a way if one is willing to work at their goals.

So how does a sawmill and some firewood logs figure into that plan?  It’s simple, have you ever looked at the price of handmade furniture?  Have you noticed that anything that is live edge sells quickly and it sells high?  That is where a sawmill and some firewood logs come into play.

So if you’re looking to build up a wood shop of your own with a side business in mind you cannot go wrong to pick up a mill.  There are many possibilities that can come to fruition with having the luxury of making your own lumber for your own projects.  Many times you can mill lumber that you just can’t buy at a lumber yard because the lumber you’re after may not be desirable in its raw form to the every day consumer.

So with that in mind, keep creating and keep learning.

Jim the Tradesman

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  1. Mr. Jim,
    I have been enjoying so many of your videos, your barn build, your ongoing shop set-up, your router table build, your chop saw set-up, and all your milling tips. You are such a talented gentleman. I live on Long
    Island in New York. No way to set up a mill here. The town would be on me in no time. I do have about 25 acres in the Adirondack mountains in upstate NY.
    I have been doing extensive research on mills of all makes as I would like to get a bandsaw mill and hopefully become a novice sawyer myself. I see you have a hud son 30 inch homesteader and you use it so well. Of course I would prefer to own a timberking but who can afford their prices so I will have to base my purchase more on financial prowess (or lack there of). I would love your input on the Hudson and any other mills you may have had experience with.
    On another note let me say your personality is one of much integrity and I enjoy your videos so much.
    Thank you so much for the knowledge you share with the world!
    Best regards and God’s Greatest Blessings for you and your family.
    John G

    1. Hello John. I have had really good luck with my Hudson, it cuts 32″ wide and I have 28′ of track. It cost me $6k out the door. I don’t regret it at all. I love the Adirondaks btw.

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