Author Topic: Cutting your lumber with a Band Saw  (Read 4010 times)

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glenn-k

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Cutting your lumber with a Band Saw
« on: November 10, 2004, 07:54:22 AM »
The chainsaw mill such as the Alaskan or others will make timbers and boards with a lot of work and a large kerf so a lot of waste, but has the advantage of machinery investment being relatively cheap.  I bought a bandsaw used for $3500 that will cut 20' logs and up to appx 30" diameter.  The kerf from most small bandsaws is 1/8" so there is very little waste.  I can cut clapboard  siding 1/2 inch thick or less if desired, accurately.  It will also cut as large a beam as will fit under the carriage and can be extended to any length by buying or fabricating more track sections.

Occasionally there are cheap used mills here

http://www.sawmillexchange.com/

or ask around your local area if you are in timber country.

A bit more expensive but well worth it if you have a need for lots of lumber. :D

Glenn