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post #21 of 25 Old 07-24-2014, 07:45 AM
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Building any type of sawmill that is accurate is a real challenge. Your biggest challenge will be the bandwheels and assemblies they ride on.......that takes extremely precise work. The carriage has to be built very strong but with enough room to pass over the logs......not enough bracing and it will shake like crazy. As for the bed, that's the easy part but still takes a lot of time cutting and welding.
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Building any type of sawmill that is accurate is a real challenge. Your biggest challenge will be the bandwheels and assemblies they ride on.......that takes extremely precise work. The carriage has to be built very strong but with enough room to pass over the logs......not enough bracing and it will shake like crazy. As for the bed, that's the easy part but still takes a lot of time cutting and welding.
Gotcha. It may be awhile and I may not weld it. Not sure yet, been a minute since I have welded.
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you've been advised ...

Now, it's your turn to build it and prove to yourself and us that you can do it. Naysayers be damned, go for it.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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While I respect the skill and especially the determination it took to complete that homemade sawmill, ultimately I think it's probably not worth the effort. Using a 14" woodworking bandsaw you're seriously hamstrung by the cutting throat, so much so that's it's practically useless for milling any real logs. Any log small enough to fit could probably be lifted up and fed through the saw easily enough by a couple of guys.

You can get something like this for $1,500 and handle actual timber:
http://www.harborfreight.com/http-ww...1712-html.html

You would probably have half that much in materials to build the homemade version plus all the hours of labor. Doesn't seem worth it to me.
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While I respect the skill and especially the determination it took to complete that homemade sawmill, ultimately I think it's probably not worth the effort. Using a 14" woodworking bandsaw you're seriously hamstrung by the cutting throat, so much so that's it's practically useless for milling any real logs. Any log small enough to fit could probably be lifted up and fed through the saw easily enough by a couple of guys.

You can get something like this for $1,500 and handle actual timber:
http://www.harborfreight.com/http-ww...1712-html.html

You would probably have half that much in materials to build the homemade version plus all the hours of labor. Doesn't seem worth it to me.
A trip to a metal supplier can soon change ones mind about saving money building machinery, these days I think I would rather improve on a unit that is already built, if and when I thought it necessary.

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