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Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« on: April 20, 2017, 07:10:34 PM »
Below are some pictures of the first log cut on my homemade bandsaw mill.  It's still in the testing phase, but following a few tweaks it should produce good dimension lumber. 

The blade runs on temporary spare tires and driveline components from a junked Chevy Cavalier and is powered by a 10 HP Tecumseh engine salvaged from an old snowblower.  I've yet to finish weld some components as I wanted to be sure that it would work as expected.  It appears to cut straight and square, with the exception of going too fast through a knot that caused a minor dip. I'll post pics of the mill when guards are installed and other minor items are completed.


I'm a novice when it comes to mills and sawing, but many months of research conducted prior to countless fabrication hours seem to have paid off.  :) (demonstration/explanation video to follow)

Has anyone had any issues with blade set when using tires?










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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 07:21:50 PM »
Looks like a good start. And welcome aboard.

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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 07:26:14 PM »
harmons_ranch,welcome to the forum.
What's the plan for the lumber?
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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 07:46:14 PM »
Some have trouble with tires taking the set out of the blade and others don't.  I didn't.  But I think it's because it was trailer tires I was using and they have a nice radius.  Car tires like you're using generally don't have.  You might have to grind/cut a strip of rubber off where the teeth ride when under tension.
Looks like a good start with the cant you ended up with...
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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 07:36:02 AM »
harmons_ranch,welcome to the forum.
What's the plan for the lumber?

I have land at the head of the pond shown in the picture; that is where I plan on setting up the mill and hopefully building a small cabin.








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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 09:15:42 PM »
I do hope you take us along for the build.
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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 09:49:33 PM »

  For the build??????????????????...Give me a fishing pole!!!!!!!!!!! 8)







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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2017, 05:37:51 AM »
I meant pictures. ;D
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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2017, 07:30:36 AM »
Welcome Harmon, anyone can go out and buy a mill and be successful, to design and build your own is another thing. Run it and don't be afraid to modify and change things to suite yourself, you are the OEM and write the rules. Any plans to sharpen your own bands.?? Frank C.
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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2017, 08:12:23 AM »
I do hope you take us along for the build.

I certainly will post as many pictures as I can along the way.  This year will likely be cutting logs and sawing lumber with next year being being the beginning of construction (fingers crossed).

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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2017, 08:15:42 AM »

  For the build??????????????????...Give me a fishing pole!!!!!!!!!!! 8)
Plenty of trout in that pond...easy to catch and quite tasty.  I grew up near there and spent many evenings after school catching them.  I often go there now and cook up the catch over an open fire. :)






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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2017, 08:33:39 AM »
Welcome Harmon, anyone can go out and buy a mill and be successful, to design and build your own is another thing. Run it and don't be afraid to modify and change things to suite yourself, you are the OEM and write the rules. Any plans to sharpen your own bands.?? Frank C.

Thanks, Frank.  I spent close to a year reading every scrap of information I could find on this forum and anywhere else before I began building the mill.  It's been about eight months since I started with what I'll call cosmetics remaining.  I've also spent time researching sharpening methods and I'll certainly give it a try.

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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2017, 11:24:02 AM »
Congrats!  Building your own mill is quite an undertaking.  Good luck with the sawing and building.
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Homemade Sawmill Update
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2018, 08:06:23 PM »
The bandsaw mill is complete with the exception of guards for the v-belt/pulleys, a depth of cut gauge, and the addition of a wheelchair motor and acme rods to raise and lower the head. For now, the boat winch serves the purpose, but my shoulder and arm say otherwise :D. I plan on constructing a new carriage to make minor improvements to this Bill Rake design.  The addition of adjustable feet for levelling the track significantly improved lumber quality.

The lumber in the pictures is tamarack (locally known as juniper).  It produced some nice lumber despite some of the negative comments that I've read.  A local company produces gorgeous flooring and I'm hoping to make a dining table once it dries sufficiently.  The next batch of lumber will be for a solar kiln. 

For now it's setup in the garage, but once winter is over it will move to the wood lot. 
















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Re: Homemade Sawmill Update
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2018, 08:18:36 PM »
What size shafts did you go with on the drive side? What size pulley on the shaft?
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Re: Homemade Sawmill Update
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2018, 08:35:17 PM »
What size shafts did you go with on the drive side? What size pulley on the shaft?

The drive side uses a 1.5" shaft with a 12" pulley and a 3" on the motor.

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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2018, 10:03:06 PM »
Topic merged.  You really should keep your posts about the same topic subject together in one topic @harmons_ranch for continuity sake.
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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2018, 06:47:08 AM »
Topic merged.  You really should keep your posts about the same topic subject together in one topic @harmons_ranch for continuity sake.

My apologies...I started a new post since other forums seem to dislike it when members re-activate an old post...my bad

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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2018, 11:20:25 AM »
If you have room, consider putting a piece of plywood inside of your expanded metal blade guards.  If you kick a blade off (I have done it several times on my home built unit when it hit something on the dragback), the expanded metal is going to peel teeth and your blade will be destroyed.  Plywood is a little more forgiving and you may be able to salvage your blade.

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Re: Testing Homemade Bandsaw Mill
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2018, 11:25:56 AM »
If you have room, consider putting a piece of plywood inside of your expanded metal blade guards.  If you kick a blade off (I have done it several times on my home built unit when it hit something on the dragback), the expanded metal is going to peel teeth and your blade will be destroyed.  Plywood is a little more forgiving and you may be able to salvage your blade.

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Thanks for the tip...I hadn't thought of that


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