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Chasing the sawdust dream
« on: June 02, 2019, 11:59:25 AM »



Some of the first Red Pine from my land I cut into lumber.

This summer it will be 2 years since I bought my first sawmill, and got hooked on making sawdust. I'm going to try doing a thread about some of the equipment I've used, logs I've sawed, and projects I've built with my lumber. Also what I've learned along the way, as I chase my dream of turning a fun hobby into a full time business. All of which I've been able to do with help from what I've learned here on the forum. Thank you FF!



My first mill. A friend of a friend had a used Woodland Mills HM 126 that he had cut all the lumber he wanted, and no longer needed. He did not have it listed for sale, and I was the only one he showed it too. We agreed to price, and he required no down payment. Just a hand shake and come back later with the money to buy it.
The mill proved to be a good basic beginner mill, and I cut quite a bit of lumber with it. Before I sold it I built a frame of 2" x 5"x 5/16" wall tube steel. I bought full 20' long pieces from a nearby steel supplier. (Bringing them home on my 10' trailer there was just a little overhang on the tail end!) This made a continuous frame with no joints, easier to keep in alignment and level. I used heavy angle iron for cross braces, bolted to tabs I welded on. This also made it so the next owner would just have to add an axle and a hitch, and it would be a portable trailer sawmill. When I sold the mill, I came out ahead. I got what I had paid for it, as well as the cost of the steel frame, not to mention the value of all the lumber It had produced.
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

Proud owner of a Wood-Mizer 2017 LT28G19

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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2019, 12:30:52 PM »




My second (and current) mill, my Wood-Mizer LT 28, brand new from the factory in fall 2017. I saved the a section of that black plastic wrap, and use it as a rain cover for the engine.



As it is today, cutting some "wood pecker pole" spruce. Very pleased with it's performance, with very few issues since I've had it. And yes my next mill will have hydraulics!
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

Proud owner of a Wood-Mizer 2017 LT28G19

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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2019, 02:11:06 PM »
nice pictures  Glad I met you last spring
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One of the first projects I built with the lumber I cut with my first mill, was a deer blind (or "shooting house" to the guys down in the land of grits ;)). I used Spruce for everything from the framing, to the full 2" floor, to the natural edge siding. The only money I had in it was the cost of hardware, metal roofing, clear acrylic for windows, and the waterproof stain. I sold it for less than plastic deer blinds were going for, plus it had the look of a mini cabin.













Inside view, with sliding windows to slide open to bag the buck!
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

Proud owner of a Wood-Mizer 2017 LT28G19

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2019, 02:41:33 PM »
Thanks trapper (Marv), was good to meet you too!
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2019, 05:54:39 PM »
More pics of projects I've built with lumber cut with my mill. This was a small outdoor building built entirely with Red Pine I had logged and sawn. The outside was reverse board and batten natural edge siding with a clear finish. The customer is a relative of mine who's father planted the trees I used, so the lumber had special meaning.

Being built with fresh sawn lumber off my Wood-Mizer in winter 2018.


The structure set in its final location at the customers hunting camp on family land.






The inside I made paneling from blue stain Red Pine, ripping narrow boards with the best color, and making panels from them.





Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

Proud owner of a Wood-Mizer 2017 LT28G19


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