Almost every home uses at least some wood. We’ve been examining various free and low cost ways of obtaining wood for homebuilding. Yesterday’s blog post mentioned cutting your own wood with a bandsaw sawmill. Again, this is a great way to mill wood for far less expense than store bought lumber. There’s lots of free info about this topic on the Internet. A number of companies such as Wood-Mizer sell bandsaw sawmills. You can also make your own. (Obviously a hot topic on YouTube.) This video shows a homemade mill made for about $500 using mostly salvaged parts.
One interesting option is using a portable bandsaw mill. This enables you to take the mill to the logs instead of moving them. You still have to lever the logs around with a peavey, but it’s less work than transporting full size logs. It doesn’t have to be all work. You could turn the experience into a fun outing in the woods.
Image source: Hoosier Heavy Log & Timber Works