Owning a Sawmill, Why Not?

When I set out to get into timber framing and all things related to it I started out with the thought that I would mill my own timbers with my trusty old chainsaw mill. I had big plans, after all I had milled a ton of boards with my trusty old chainsaw mill. Milling boards for woodworking and milling timbers for timber work are not even close to the same thing.

After milling a couple of timbers I decided that this was just not going to do. So after about five minutes of contemplating I decided that I would figure out a way to get a bandsaw mill. I didn’t care if I had to build it or if I had to somehow scrounge up the money to get a used one. I started pricing out materials… The list started growing and all of a sudden a homemade bandsaw mill would not be much cheaper than buying a used mill, or even a new one.

I started pricing out mills and the sticker shock was a little much but I saw this as a tool that I had to have to do the project I wanted to do. I priced out Norwood mills, Woodmizer, Woodland Mills, you name it. Enter Hudson Sawmills. I had finally found a sawmill in my price range, width of cut I needed for cutting large timbers and length of track needed for cutting long timbers.

I was in business, sort of. I had to convince my wife that I had to have this thing, I couldn’t live without it. After minimal coaxing and a good sales pitch I had the blessing of the boss lady. A few days later I was on the road to Barnevelde, N.Y. with a trailer hooked to the truck and I was sawmill bound. After a quick sale and a ling ride home I finally had a sawmill, something I had been daydreaming about for years.

Setup was easy, the learning curve was even easier. I was amazed at how easy it was to set a log up for cuts and how square I could get my timbers. I was also amazed at how fast it was to cut timbers compared to the chainsaw mill. I could mill four or five logs on the bandmill to one on the chainsaw mill.

To make a long story short I was able to build a huge building for a fraction of the price of buying the timbers already sawn. I was able to have total quality control over my timbers and lumber. That is huge for having a large scale project go well. If somebody was to ask me if they should spring for a sawmill I wouldn’t hesitate to saw go for it.

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  1. Hey Jim,
    Interesting to get this notification in my email. Loved your idea of the camper furnace. Your comment of quality control is so relevant. I am cutting joints in phase 2 of my 16×40 timber frame room now. The ash timbers I had hired a mill for two years ago are all twisted and checked really bad. Kinda like Tim had happen on the Great Plains Craftsman channel. I’m getting it done but it makes my head hurt trying to get every thing square. Stay safe and keep the good work coming. Grant

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