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{$c.firstName $c.lastName}

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{$c.firstName $c.lastName}

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test

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test

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –   

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

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Norwood began over 20 years ago with one man’s dream to build a quiet lakeside cabin.  But Norwood founder, Peter Dale, couldn’t afford the high prices at the lumber yard.  He looked at milling his own, but couldn’t believe the high prices expected by sawmill companies.

He made his decision – He would develop a portable bandmill saw that wasaccurate, reliable, easy-to-use … all at a fair price.  And so, the very first LumberMate was born.

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"Generate income or create your own building materials with a portable sawmill!"
 

This 44" diameter by 10'long oak log was salvaged from an urban tree.It is too big for conventional sawmills but will make outstanding material for slab tabletops.

Looking back at building our home in southwest Missouri, I am amazed that someone with no construction experience and limited finances would even consider such an endeavor. What I did have was a lot of energy and an abundance of oak trees in the woodlot. I just needed to convert them to lumber for the passive solar post-and-beam house I had sketched out. Fourteen foot long 8” by 8” posts were not available at the local lumberyard and even if they had been, I only would have been able to afford a couple of them a week.

With a rough idea of the design in my head and no local building codes to worry about (no one around  here would pay any attention to them anyway), I would cut down a few trees, haul them 15 miles to a local mill, help cut them, bring the lumber home, and add it to the house. That was 30 years ago. My two children, who were in diapers at the time, have grown and moved on with their own lives, and I now have two lovely grandchildren! The house still has a few unfinished places, but has sheltered us admirably through all those years, and thank goodness, continues to do so.


Band Sawmill Beginnings

As much as I enjoyed helping mill the lumber for the house, the circle mill was too dangerous and too expensive. Portable band sawmills changed all that. A local landowner was so enthusiastic about his mill that he brought it over to demonstrate it. I was hooked before the first board came off the log. The 23-horse Kohler engine was quiet, the band saw blade was safely tucked inside a housing well away from the sawyer, and the cuts were clean and smooth. Once again, boards were coming off of my trees!

I located a derelict mill that had been sitting in a pasture for several years. With a lot of repair and assistance from “Henry,” my 1953 8N Ford tractor and “Scotty,” an ’87 Chevy flatbed truck, I was in business for several years, cutting railroad ties and flooring, with the occasional custom job, until the housing downturn. Reluctantly, I mothballed the mill and took a job running a sheet metal press at a factory an hour’s drive away.

At a Tree Farm seminar, a sawyer with a small sawmill showed how he could generate more income from the walnut “scrap” left in the woods by loggers than the value of the logs they took out! Watching him transform 8-inch diameter branch wood into oval “cookies” to be sold for plaques got my attention. But when he cut open a fork in a branch to reveal the flame pattern inside, I was convinced. In a matter of minutes, he cut a piece of “scrap” wood into a three-pound chunk that was more valuable than a 300-pound railroad tie! Time for a paradigm shift.

The first step was to find a portable sawmill that was better suited to this kind of cutting. The ideal mill would have flexible clamping for odd-shaped pieces, such as forks and short logs, and have a wide enough throat to cut large logs. And I needed to be able to purchase it for less than the selling price of my old sawmill.

My Next Mate

The right support equipment makes running a sawmill much easier, but even an old farm tractor can be a valuable tool. Here, the author uses “Henry” to load a hedge log onto his mill.

The Norwood LumberMate Pro MX34 met all my criteria and had a good, solid feel to it. The lack of hydraulic log handling would require more muscle input on my part, but the simplicity of the machine and lower operating and maintenance costs were strong factors in its favor. Besides, I could use the exercise.

Manual band mills are inexpensive to operate. I have yet to go through five gallons of gas in a day’s cutting. The sawmill band blades cost around $35, and can be sharpened four or five times for $8 each, before going to the recycle pile. Unless I get into some really dirty logs or hit a nail, I generally cut between 350 and 400 board feet before taking the five minutes required to put on a fresh blade. Fuel and blades cost a total of about $78 for 1,200 board feet cut in a day. Put aside another $15 for maintenance and eventual replacement of the mill, and that comes to about 7.8 cents per board foot operating cost. Now, go to the lumberyard and ask them what 100 2” x 6” x 12’ boards would cost. Then consider the quality, and you’ll understand the economics of owning a portable sawmill.

Business & Pleasure

Sawmilling is as much a source of recreation for me as it is a business. It is still a thrill to make that first cut to find out what is inside a log. It is very much, as the great philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “…like a box of choc’lets, you never know what you’re going to get.” The roughest looking logs often have the most interesting grain patterns inside.

Even when I’m cutting wood for someone else, I occasionally stop to admire the boards. Walnut crotches, often left in the woods to rot, have a beautiful feathered grain prized for tables and gunstocks. Quarter sawn oak and sycamore have ray flecks that catch the light. Curly maple shimmers with a three-dimensional effect. Cherry, cedar, hickory, ash, and pecan all have their own special qualities. I especially like cutting unusual species like sassafras, mulberry, persimmon, and hedge (Osage orange). Even though I have more wood than I could possibly turn into furniture in my lifetime, I still set aside the best pieces.

The independence that comes from producing my own lumber is very satisfying. In addition to my house, I’ve built several sheds, and this is the year we’re going to build frames for raised bed gardens out of some hedge logs I bought from a local firewood cutter. Owning a sawmill helped forge a good relationship with my neighbors.

After 40 years, I am still a newcomer here, but they have learned that I cut good quality trailer flooring, barn siding and fencing at a reasonable cost. Every now and then one will drop off a log he thinks I might be able to use, and I’ll load his trailer with slab firewood. One even brought me a quart of wild honey from a bee tree he found.

Joplin Tornado Cleanup

A lot of my recent work has been salvaging and milling logs from trees that had blown down in the May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO tornado, just 18 miles north of my home. Some homeowners want lumber from blown-down trees in what had been their yards. Most have no way to move the logs, and the portability and quick set-up of the small portable mill has been a real asset.
    
A particularly rewarding job was milling post oak logs that grew where the Elks’ lodge had been. The logs weren’t great, and I hit several nails, but the sentimental value is immeasurable. Those boards are currently at a Joplin high school woodworking class where they will be made into furniture for the new lodge.
   
My house still needs a few finishing touches, but I have made good friends along the way. The sawmilling community is helpful and any questions generate a variety of answers. On the Internet, you get perspectives from sawyers around the world. A few of my favorite sites are norwoodsawmills.com, sawmillmag.com, woodweb.com, and forestryforum.com.

Start Your Own PORTABLE SAWMILL BIZ

CUT TO THE CHASE: An abundance of trees isn’t necessary for a sawmill business. A friend of mine has his mill located in downtown Portland, Oregon. He can either bring logs to the mill or, on big jobs, take the mill to where the logs are. This provides his woodworking business with a steady supply of quality lumber, and a stock of lumber for sale to other wood-workers. Most of his wood comes from trees that have been removed by tree services or by the city for roads and developments, and he markets to customers who like the idea of using recycled urban lumber.

WHAT TO CUT: As a general rule, I don’t cut ahead or carry inventory. I only cut on shares if I’m pretty sure I can sell my part, or have use for it myself. Still, when someone brings by a load of walnut or cedar, I’ll take my chances! I charge customers based on my time and expense. For example, if the blade runs into metal in a log, the cost of a new blade is added to the bill. Trees from yards are the worst, but even logs from the woods have hardware from old fences, deer stands, and tree houses. I even cut into an ax head one time!

INTERNET SALES: The Internet is a tremendous tool for selling lumber, as well as locating suitable logs. You might start with Craigslist or eBay and wind up creating your own website.

CUTTING COSTS: I like the fact that I can always adjust the cost of my service. Last Memorial Day, I was cutting for a customer who had served in Korea. He lamented the fact that the Korean War and the people who had served there were largely forgotten. Naturally, I gave him my half-price Memorial Day Veteran’s Discount (I’m the boss… I can do that!). I didn’t make much money that day, but I enjoyed his stories and he appreciated the recognition!

OPEN YOUR EYES: If the idea of running a sawmill appeals to you, consider having a local sawyer come over and do some cutting for you, or ask if you can observe the sawmill in action. Most will be more than glad to oblige, if they don’t see you as competition for business. Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine publishes a buyer’s guide issue, and sponsors the Great Portable Sawmill Shoot-out, in which sawmills run side-by-side. Both are available for viewing at sawmillmag.com.

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What sawyer hasn’t looked at a spectacular board and thought about using it to build a piece of custom furniture (before cutting it up for pallet lumber)? And what woodworker hasn’t dreamed of getting the first pickings off the best logs from the sawmill or selecting the logs for a project and determining how the log is cut?

Duane Slaymaker of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, lives the dream. After a five-year apprenticeship, he opened up a one-man cabinet shop in a 200-year-old tobacco-drying barn. Duane recalls the early years of his business. “I started out 24 years ago, with a table saw, drill press, router, and a band saw with a broken shaft.” He recognized that it would be a challenge to build a cabinet business in the heart of Amish country, where generations of woodworkers were already established. “Initially, my niche was unclear. I could only hope my strong work ethic, background in personal service, and attention to detail would give me the edge needed to succeed.” He now builds high-end cabinetry, custom built-ins, conference tables, and commercial desks. Over the years, he has accumulated tools that have enabled him to move into his niche, including a restored 1908 vintage, 16-inchOliver face planer that’s just a few feet away from a new, top-end Delta table saw.


The Saw
Even with the right tools, finding quality lumber was a real issue for Duane. “I’m really picky about using only top-notch lumber for my projects, and was frustrated because I could not find the quality of wood that my customers and I expect,” he recalled. “Many times I would travel to a supplier only to find the best lumber had already been picked out of the pile.” The solution was all around him. Central hardwood trees, sycamore, maple, walnut, oak, cherry, and yellow poplar were being cleared for roads and housing, or had blown down and were being cut up for firewood. While there were not enough of these trees to interest large sawmills, Duane decided that he could make use of them.

In 2001, he took what he calls “a leap of faith,” and bought a Norwood Lumbermate 2000 sawmill. According to Duane, the manual band sawmill was a good fit for his woodworking business. “It wasn’t all that expensive, and seemed like a good way to explore cutting my own lumber without risking a considerable investment.” After assembling the mill, he loaded up the first log and hoped for the best. He was delighted. “Now I know what it’s like to take that first slab off a log and see what’s inside. Some are disappointing, and some are like opening the best Christmas present,” he said. “What’s inside the log is what goes into my projects.”

Milling his own lumber has had other advantages for Duane. He says he likes the fact that he no longer relies on outside suppliers. Milling allows him to cut the lumber  for specific projects For example, when building a corporate conference table, he knows the dimensions of lumber he needs for each part, and where the best grain patterns should appear. He then cuts the log accordingly. Keeping the boards in sequence, he can book-match tabletops, match parts for grain and color, and even cut his own veneer for panels all from the same log.

An unexpected niche for Duane comes from the desire of some of his clients to have trees from their own property turned into furniture. He notes that one family eats at a table he built from a tree that had been removed because it was leaning over the house. When a customer has specific ideas for furniture, Duane can sort through his log pile or look for downed trees until he finds one that meets his needs.

On the way to his shop, he suddenly pulled over and pointed to a huge sycamore tree that had fallen when a stream bank caved in. We crawled through a barbed wire fence and walked over to it. I could see that he was already mentally quartersawing it for some future project. Duane said that if he and his neighbor can reach an agreement, logs from that sycamore will soon join the others at the mill.

 


The LumberMate is a manual mill, but Duane uses a John Deere 2020 tractor for loading the log, and the tractor forks make a handy place to stack the lumber. He sees pushing the blade through the wood by hand as an advantage. “It lets me feel how the blade is cutting. I usually slow down when going through a knot or cutting wide boards. When it takes more push than it should, I know the blade is getting dull and ready to be changed.” He pushes the mill’s 31-inch maximum-log-diameter capability by slabbing the sides of bigger logs with a chain saw. While these logs push the limit of both man and machine, he finds the results are generally well worth the effort. “You can’t just go out and buy lumber like this,” he noted as he loaded a 22-inch-wide walnut slab on the forks of his tractor. After milling, Duane air dries the lumber for three to six months, depending on the species, thickness, and the weather. When he is ready to use it, he takes it to a local Amish woodworker who has a wood-fired kiln to finish drying the wood to 6%. Other than the kiln drying, Duane has total control over every aspect of the wood from selecting the log to buffing out the final coat of varnish.

Duane starts with the tree, and takes the process all the way to the final buffing on his high-end furniture business.


The Song
“Diversity remains critical to my staying in business— at any given time, there are usually one or two aspects of my business producing cash flow,” says Duane. He has a standing order to supply yellow poplar boards for technology education programs in area schools. In addition to woodworking, he performs as a solo singer/guitar player at weddings, parties, and at some of the local watering holes. The desire for a more attractive place to set his guitar during gig breaks, led to the development of his Slay-Frame guitar stand—a folding guitar stand which he designed, patented, and now sells worldwide (www.slayframe.com). He noted that this product keeps him particularly busy around Christmastime.

Duanne’s patented Slay-Frame guitar stand is selling world-wide.

Though he has thought about expanding, Duane plans to stay a one-man business. “I like working by myself and not having to worry about what the guys will be doing if I show up late, making sure that they’re not goofing off, how I’m going to pay them, or doing all the paperwork.” He does not want to lose his personal connection with his clients. “All they have to do is call or e-mail me. No extensions, no holding while a call is being transferred. That personal touch was something I learned at a veryearly age, and I carried it through. I would risk losing that if the shop grows too much,” he explained.

The sawmill is more than just another tool to Duane. “For me, running the sawmill is therapeutic. On a nice day, I’ll go throw a log on the mill and slice it up. It gets me away from the smell of varnish or the stress of a complex glue-up, or just gives me a chance to clear
my head and enjoy the outdoors. It lets me reconnect with the wood in a way few woodworkers can. That is my passion. For me, it’s worked out better than I could have hoped.”

Dave Boyt has a BS degree in Forest Management and an MS in Wood Technology. He manages a tree farm (2006 Missouri Tree Farm of the Year), and operates a band saw sawmill.

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The portable sawmill market can be a complex and overwhelming environment, making equipment selection a daunting task. In the case of two Ontario entrepreneurs, however, the choice didn’t seem to be all that difficult, as both knew early on that they wanted to invest in a Norwood Industries portable band sawmill.
 

Using his LumberMate Pro, Don Yearwood cuts 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence.

Norwood Industries has been successfully designing and manufacturing sawmills and related equipment for over 15 years, and currently offers multiple models designed to suit the varied needs of their customers. The newest and largest mill in the lineup is the LumberMate Pro MX34, a portable bandmill designed to be both effective and simple to operate and maintain. Capable of processing logs with a diameter of 34 inches and up to 13 feet in length with the standard bed, and powered by either a 16-hp or 23-hp, twin-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine, the LumberMate Pro’s spec sheet certainly gives an impression of capability.


Don Yearwood’s LumberMate Pro
I caught up with Don Yearwood, owner of Bishop Lake Outdoors Inc. in Cloyne, Ontario, on a rainy spring morning, to find out how the mill performs in the real world. Don has quite a history with Norwood portable sawmills, having owned several different models over the last decade. After retiring from a law enforcement career of more than 30 years, and finding himself and his wife the owners of an old family homestead, Don decided that they should develop the property, which has its own private lake. Fast-forward a couple of decades and a lot of hard work later, and the property now has 75 trailer sites, a Laundromat, and an outdoor store. In order to complete this transformation, Don had to clear a lot of trees from the 96-acre parcel, and being someone who doesn’t like to see things go to waste, he made the decision to turn the trees into lumber to be used in the construction of the property.


Easy Assembly, Excellent Performance
At the time of my visit, Don hadn’t had the LumberMate Pro for more than a few months and figured he had about 40 hours on the mill. He said that running the business takes up most of his time now, so he doesn’t do much custom work anymore and focuses more on producing lumber for himself. The mill comes packed in such a way that Don and his son were able to transport it home in their short-box pickup and assemble it themselves in the garage. Don says that assembly wasn’t difficult, but that you need to have a smooth, level surface on which to work.

The day I was there, Don was milling some good-sized jack pine that had recently blown over during a storm. Rather than being bucked up for firewood, Don was cutting 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence and strapping to be used in the construction of a new building on the property.

Don’s mill is equipped with the 16-hp Briggs and Stratton engine, which he says has performed extremely well, with no starting issues and plenty of torque. The only other options he has installed are the trailer package and support jacks and a 4-foot bed extension, allowing him to cut logs up to 17 feet in length. He did mention that he plans to purchase the available toe board package, so that he can reposition logs on the carriage more easily.

Don Yearwood uses a canthook to rotate a log for the next cut.

Don keeps his mill set up outside, next to his garage, and covers the saw carriage when not in use.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the debossed bed rails. Rather than the traditional onepiece steel beam, these rails are sectional, with the debossed construction adding structural rigidity while saving weight. I asked Don if he had ever had any issues with this setup, and he replied that all his mills have taken everything he’s thrown at them over the years, without any issues.

With the mill fired up and Don at the controls, I noticed that it was very quiet and that it seemed to have no trouble moving through the wet, knotty pine. The Pro has a 4-function, single-action control that throttles up the engine, disengages the blade brake, engages the clutch, and turns on the bladelubrication system all in one motion. Don is a big fan of this feature, joking that at his age, he no longer has to remember to turn the water off after making a cut.


Braking the Wind
After making a few passes, Don insisted that I take a turn at the controls and I found the mill to be extremely easy to use and push through the log. In fact, the only thing that Don would change about the mill is to add a locking mechanism to the saw carriage, since it moves so easily that the wind sometimes pushes it between cuts. For the time being, Don has solved this with a simple piece of wood used as a brake. He did add that the safety features of the Pro are great, and with the standard blade brake, the safety of the operator is greatly increased.

Don loads logs onto the mill using a tractor with a loader, and typically works alone. He takes his time and works to get the absolute most out of the log, since he is normally sawing his own lumber. After all his years using Norwood products, Don is of the opinion that the LumberMate Pro is far and away the best model yet. “It’s amazing how many uses you find for it once you have one!” he says.

Don Yearwood solved his need for a sawcarriage locking mechanism by using a simple piece of wood as a brake.


Gerald Robertson’s LumberLite ML26
On another occasion, I had the opportunity to meet up with Norwood owner Gerald Robertson at his home outside of Angus, Ontario. After spending some time watching Gerald at work, it soon became apparent that ingenuity and entrepreneurship seem to be common traits among owners of portable sawmills.

Gerald had been running his sawmill as a side business for about a year at the time of my visit. An experience getting some timber from his property milled by another Norwood owner prompted him to go out and get his own mill once he saw its capability. Gerald recalls thinking, “If he’s making money with it, why can’t I?”

The day I stopped by, Gerald was doing some custom milling for a customer, sawing large white pine logs. Although he has a tractor he uses for skidding logs to the mill, he put his skills as a welder and fabricator to work in order to make loading and turning large logs easier.

Using some scrap steel and parts and an inexpensive electric winch, Gerald has installed alog-loading and turning apparatus that not only allows him to mill larger logs without the assistance of a helper, but also saves a lot of wear and tear on his body. The winch is mounted on a carriage centered above the bed of the mill. Using some 4 x 4 pieces as a ramp, he attaches a chain to the winch and uses the remote control to roll the log up onto the mill. When it comes time to turn the log, Gerald uses a steel hook attached to the winch cable to rotate the log on the deck.

Gerald Robertson loads a white pine log onto his mill using an electric winch system he built.

Gerald owns the smaller version of Norwood’s portable bandsaw mill, the LumberLite ML26. It shares many of the same features as the larger LumberMate Pro, but with a log capacity of 26 inches, versus the Pro’s 34 inches, and a maximum log length (with standard bed) of 12 feet 9 inches. Other differences include more traditional, solid-steel bed rails, and a manual shut-off valve on the water tank. Gerald says he has been very satisfied with his mill, although he has had to improvise a few times to mill some larger logs. Like Don, Gerald has added a 4-foot extension to his mill, increasing his ability to cater to his customers’ needs.

Before I left, Gerald and his longtime friend and part-time assistant, Ronald Birch, took me back to Gerald’s woodlot to show me their winter project, a log cabin built entirely from wood sourced from the property and milled on the Norwood sawmill. It was clear that
Gerald, like Don, gets a lot of enjoyment from owning and operating his mill.

The Norwood portable sawmill lineup offers a lot of choice to would-be sawyers, with the LumberMate Pro leading the way. With their knowledge and skills coupled with the right equipment, Don and Gerald will be able to continue to enjoy their mills for years to come.

Jon Marriott is a Registered Professional Forester in the province of Ontario, and has been involved in forestry and sawmilling since the age of 14. He currently lives in southern Ontario, where he works in the vegetation management industry.

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You might hear other companies claim the same thing, but be careful – Many only packagetheir mills here out of parts imported from China, Taiwan or Poland. 

Portable Sawmills take a beating – They have to handle heavy logs and cut accurate lumber in tough conditions. When the chips are down, you want a sawmill that can stand up to the challenge. Don’t trust your milling operation to an offshore import made by low-paid workers, no matter how cheap the price seems – If they can’t get the job done, they’ll cost you way more in the long run.

Norwood sawmills are built to cut hundreds of thousands, even millions, of board feet, day-in and day-out. Simply put, every Norwood is built for the long-haul.

We’re just as committed to keeping jobs at home as we are to making the best sawmills in the industry.  We’re committed to keeping families healthy and whole. We’re committed to our country. When you invest in a Norwood, you get more than a top-flight sawmill – You stand with us behind our country

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –   

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

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Norwood began over 20 years ago with one man’s dream to build a quiet lakeside cabin.  But Norwood founder, Peter Dale, couldn’t afford the high prices at the lumber yard.  He looked at milling his own, but couldn’t believe the high prices expected by sawmill companies.

He made his decision – He would develop a portable bandmill saw that wasaccurate, reliable, easy-to-use … all at a fair price.  And so, the very first LumberMate was born.

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"Generate income or create your own building materials with a portable sawmill!"
 

This 44" diameter by 10'long oak log was salvaged from an urban tree.It is too big for conventional sawmills but will make outstanding material for slab tabletops.

Looking back at building our home in southwest Missouri, I am amazed that someone with no construction experience and limited finances would even consider such an endeavor. What I did have was a lot of energy and an abundance of oak trees in the woodlot. I just needed to convert them to lumber for the passive solar post-and-beam house I had sketched out. Fourteen foot long 8” by 8” posts were not available at the local lumberyard and even if they had been, I only would have been able to afford a couple of them a week.

With a rough idea of the design in my head and no local building codes to worry about (no one around  here would pay any attention to them anyway), I would cut down a few trees, haul them 15 miles to a local mill, help cut them, bring the lumber home, and add it to the house. That was 30 years ago. My two children, who were in diapers at the time, have grown and moved on with their own lives, and I now have two lovely grandchildren! The house still has a few unfinished places, but has sheltered us admirably through all those years, and thank goodness, continues to do so.


Band Sawmill Beginnings

As much as I enjoyed helping mill the lumber for the house, the circle mill was too dangerous and too expensive. Portable band sawmills changed all that. A local landowner was so enthusiastic about his mill that he brought it over to demonstrate it. I was hooked before the first board came off the log. The 23-horse Kohler engine was quiet, the band saw blade was safely tucked inside a housing well away from the sawyer, and the cuts were clean and smooth. Once again, boards were coming off of my trees!

I located a derelict mill that had been sitting in a pasture for several years. With a lot of repair and assistance from “Henry,” my 1953 8N Ford tractor and “Scotty,” an ’87 Chevy flatbed truck, I was in business for several years, cutting railroad ties and flooring, with the occasional custom job, until the housing downturn. Reluctantly, I mothballed the mill and took a job running a sheet metal press at a factory an hour’s drive away.

At a Tree Farm seminar, a sawyer with a small sawmill showed how he could generate more income from the walnut “scrap” left in the woods by loggers than the value of the logs they took out! Watching him transform 8-inch diameter branch wood into oval “cookies” to be sold for plaques got my attention. But when he cut open a fork in a branch to reveal the flame pattern inside, I was convinced. In a matter of minutes, he cut a piece of “scrap” wood into a three-pound chunk that was more valuable than a 300-pound railroad tie! Time for a paradigm shift.

The first step was to find a portable sawmill that was better suited to this kind of cutting. The ideal mill would have flexible clamping for odd-shaped pieces, such as forks and short logs, and have a wide enough throat to cut large logs. And I needed to be able to purchase it for less than the selling price of my old sawmill.

My Next Mate

The right support equipment makes running a sawmill much easier, but even an old farm tractor can be a valuable tool. Here, the author uses “Henry” to load a hedge log onto his mill.

The Norwood LumberMate Pro MX34 met all my criteria and had a good, solid feel to it. The lack of hydraulic log handling would require more muscle input on my part, but the simplicity of the machine and lower operating and maintenance costs were strong factors in its favor. Besides, I could use the exercise.

Manual band mills are inexpensive to operate. I have yet to go through five gallons of gas in a day’s cutting. The sawmill band blades cost around $35, and can be sharpened four or five times for $8 each, before going to the recycle pile. Unless I get into some really dirty logs or hit a nail, I generally cut between 350 and 400 board feet before taking the five minutes required to put on a fresh blade. Fuel and blades cost a total of about $78 for 1,200 board feet cut in a day. Put aside another $15 for maintenance and eventual replacement of the mill, and that comes to about 7.8 cents per board foot operating cost. Now, go to the lumberyard and ask them what 100 2” x 6” x 12’ boards would cost. Then consider the quality, and you’ll understand the economics of owning a portable sawmill.

Business & Pleasure

Sawmilling is as much a source of recreation for me as it is a business. It is still a thrill to make that first cut to find out what is inside a log. It is very much, as the great philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “…like a box of choc’lets, you never know what you’re going to get.” The roughest looking logs often have the most interesting grain patterns inside.

Even when I’m cutting wood for someone else, I occasionally stop to admire the boards. Walnut crotches, often left in the woods to rot, have a beautiful feathered grain prized for tables and gunstocks. Quarter sawn oak and sycamore have ray flecks that catch the light. Curly maple shimmers with a three-dimensional effect. Cherry, cedar, hickory, ash, and pecan all have their own special qualities. I especially like cutting unusual species like sassafras, mulberry, persimmon, and hedge (Osage orange). Even though I have more wood than I could possibly turn into furniture in my lifetime, I still set aside the best pieces.

The independence that comes from producing my own lumber is very satisfying. In addition to my house, I’ve built several sheds, and this is the year we’re going to build frames for raised bed gardens out of some hedge logs I bought from a local firewood cutter. Owning a sawmill helped forge a good relationship with my neighbors.

After 40 years, I am still a newcomer here, but they have learned that I cut good quality trailer flooring, barn siding and fencing at a reasonable cost. Every now and then one will drop off a log he thinks I might be able to use, and I’ll load his trailer with slab firewood. One even brought me a quart of wild honey from a bee tree he found.

Joplin Tornado Cleanup

A lot of my recent work has been salvaging and milling logs from trees that had blown down in the May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO tornado, just 18 miles north of my home. Some homeowners want lumber from blown-down trees in what had been their yards. Most have no way to move the logs, and the portability and quick set-up of the small portable mill has been a real asset.
    
A particularly rewarding job was milling post oak logs that grew where the Elks’ lodge had been. The logs weren’t great, and I hit several nails, but the sentimental value is immeasurable. Those boards are currently at a Joplin high school woodworking class where they will be made into furniture for the new lodge.
   
My house still needs a few finishing touches, but I have made good friends along the way. The sawmilling community is helpful and any questions generate a variety of answers. On the Internet, you get perspectives from sawyers around the world. A few of my favorite sites are norwoodsawmills.com, sawmillmag.com, woodweb.com, and forestryforum.com.

Start Your Own PORTABLE SAWMILL BIZ

CUT TO THE CHASE: An abundance of trees isn’t necessary for a sawmill business. A friend of mine has his mill located in downtown Portland, Oregon. He can either bring logs to the mill or, on big jobs, take the mill to where the logs are. This provides his woodworking business with a steady supply of quality lumber, and a stock of lumber for sale to other wood-workers. Most of his wood comes from trees that have been removed by tree services or by the city for roads and developments, and he markets to customers who like the idea of using recycled urban lumber.

WHAT TO CUT: As a general rule, I don’t cut ahead or carry inventory. I only cut on shares if I’m pretty sure I can sell my part, or have use for it myself. Still, when someone brings by a load of walnut or cedar, I’ll take my chances! I charge customers based on my time and expense. For example, if the blade runs into metal in a log, the cost of a new blade is added to the bill. Trees from yards are the worst, but even logs from the woods have hardware from old fences, deer stands, and tree houses. I even cut into an ax head one time!

INTERNET SALES: The Internet is a tremendous tool for selling lumber, as well as locating suitable logs. You might start with Craigslist or eBay and wind up creating your own website.

CUTTING COSTS: I like the fact that I can always adjust the cost of my service. Last Memorial Day, I was cutting for a customer who had served in Korea. He lamented the fact that the Korean War and the people who had served there were largely forgotten. Naturally, I gave him my half-price Memorial Day Veteran’s Discount (I’m the boss… I can do that!). I didn’t make much money that day, but I enjoyed his stories and he appreciated the recognition!

OPEN YOUR EYES: If the idea of running a sawmill appeals to you, consider having a local sawyer come over and do some cutting for you, or ask if you can observe the sawmill in action. Most will be more than glad to oblige, if they don’t see you as competition for business. Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine publishes a buyer’s guide issue, and sponsors the Great Portable Sawmill Shoot-out, in which sawmills run side-by-side. Both are available for viewing at sawmillmag.com.

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What sawyer hasn’t looked at a spectacular board and thought about using it to build a piece of custom furniture (before cutting it up for pallet lumber)? And what woodworker hasn’t dreamed of getting the first pickings off the best logs from the sawmill or selecting the logs for a project and determining how the log is cut?

Duane Slaymaker of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, lives the dream. After a five-year apprenticeship, he opened up a one-man cabinet shop in a 200-year-old tobacco-drying barn. Duane recalls the early years of his business. “I started out 24 years ago, with a table saw, drill press, router, and a band saw with a broken shaft.” He recognized that it would be a challenge to build a cabinet business in the heart of Amish country, where generations of woodworkers were already established. “Initially, my niche was unclear. I could only hope my strong work ethic, background in personal service, and attention to detail would give me the edge needed to succeed.” He now builds high-end cabinetry, custom built-ins, conference tables, and commercial desks. Over the years, he has accumulated tools that have enabled him to move into his niche, including a restored 1908 vintage, 16-inchOliver face planer that’s just a few feet away from a new, top-end Delta table saw.


The Saw
Even with the right tools, finding quality lumber was a real issue for Duane. “I’m really picky about using only top-notch lumber for my projects, and was frustrated because I could not find the quality of wood that my customers and I expect,” he recalled. “Many times I would travel to a supplier only to find the best lumber had already been picked out of the pile.” The solution was all around him. Central hardwood trees, sycamore, maple, walnut, oak, cherry, and yellow poplar were being cleared for roads and housing, or had blown down and were being cut up for firewood. While there were not enough of these trees to interest large sawmills, Duane decided that he could make use of them.

In 2001, he took what he calls “a leap of faith,” and bought a Norwood Lumbermate 2000 sawmill. According to Duane, the manual band sawmill was a good fit for his woodworking business. “It wasn’t all that expensive, and seemed like a good way to explore cutting my own lumber without risking a considerable investment.” After assembling the mill, he loaded up the first log and hoped for the best. He was delighted. “Now I know what it’s like to take that first slab off a log and see what’s inside. Some are disappointing, and some are like opening the best Christmas present,” he said. “What’s inside the log is what goes into my projects.”

Milling his own lumber has had other advantages for Duane. He says he likes the fact that he no longer relies on outside suppliers. Milling allows him to cut the lumber  for specific projects For example, when building a corporate conference table, he knows the dimensions of lumber he needs for each part, and where the best grain patterns should appear. He then cuts the log accordingly. Keeping the boards in sequence, he can book-match tabletops, match parts for grain and color, and even cut his own veneer for panels all from the same log.

An unexpected niche for Duane comes from the desire of some of his clients to have trees from their own property turned into furniture. He notes that one family eats at a table he built from a tree that had been removed because it was leaning over the house. When a customer has specific ideas for furniture, Duane can sort through his log pile or look for downed trees until he finds one that meets his needs.

On the way to his shop, he suddenly pulled over and pointed to a huge sycamore tree that had fallen when a stream bank caved in. We crawled through a barbed wire fence and walked over to it. I could see that he was already mentally quartersawing it for some future project. Duane said that if he and his neighbor can reach an agreement, logs from that sycamore will soon join the others at the mill.

 


The LumberMate is a manual mill, but Duane uses a John Deere 2020 tractor for loading the log, and the tractor forks make a handy place to stack the lumber. He sees pushing the blade through the wood by hand as an advantage. “It lets me feel how the blade is cutting. I usually slow down when going through a knot or cutting wide boards. When it takes more push than it should, I know the blade is getting dull and ready to be changed.” He pushes the mill’s 31-inch maximum-log-diameter capability by slabbing the sides of bigger logs with a chain saw. While these logs push the limit of both man and machine, he finds the results are generally well worth the effort. “You can’t just go out and buy lumber like this,” he noted as he loaded a 22-inch-wide walnut slab on the forks of his tractor. After milling, Duane air dries the lumber for three to six months, depending on the species, thickness, and the weather. When he is ready to use it, he takes it to a local Amish woodworker who has a wood-fired kiln to finish drying the wood to 6%. Other than the kiln drying, Duane has total control over every aspect of the wood from selecting the log to buffing out the final coat of varnish.

Duane starts with the tree, and takes the process all the way to the final buffing on his high-end furniture business.


The Song
“Diversity remains critical to my staying in business— at any given time, there are usually one or two aspects of my business producing cash flow,” says Duane. He has a standing order to supply yellow poplar boards for technology education programs in area schools. In addition to woodworking, he performs as a solo singer/guitar player at weddings, parties, and at some of the local watering holes. The desire for a more attractive place to set his guitar during gig breaks, led to the development of his Slay-Frame guitar stand—a folding guitar stand which he designed, patented, and now sells worldwide (www.slayframe.com). He noted that this product keeps him particularly busy around Christmastime.

Duanne’s patented Slay-Frame guitar stand is selling world-wide.

Though he has thought about expanding, Duane plans to stay a one-man business. “I like working by myself and not having to worry about what the guys will be doing if I show up late, making sure that they’re not goofing off, how I’m going to pay them, or doing all the paperwork.” He does not want to lose his personal connection with his clients. “All they have to do is call or e-mail me. No extensions, no holding while a call is being transferred. That personal touch was something I learned at a veryearly age, and I carried it through. I would risk losing that if the shop grows too much,” he explained.

The sawmill is more than just another tool to Duane. “For me, running the sawmill is therapeutic. On a nice day, I’ll go throw a log on the mill and slice it up. It gets me away from the smell of varnish or the stress of a complex glue-up, or just gives me a chance to clear
my head and enjoy the outdoors. It lets me reconnect with the wood in a way few woodworkers can. That is my passion. For me, it’s worked out better than I could have hoped.”

Dave Boyt has a BS degree in Forest Management and an MS in Wood Technology. He manages a tree farm (2006 Missouri Tree Farm of the Year), and operates a band saw sawmill.

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The portable sawmill market can be a complex and overwhelming environment, making equipment selection a daunting task. In the case of two Ontario entrepreneurs, however, the choice didn’t seem to be all that difficult, as both knew early on that they wanted to invest in a Norwood Industries portable band sawmill.
 

Using his LumberMate Pro, Don Yearwood cuts 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence.

Norwood Industries has been successfully designing and manufacturing sawmills and related equipment for over 15 years, and currently offers multiple models designed to suit the varied needs of their customers. The newest and largest mill in the lineup is the LumberMate Pro MX34, a portable bandmill designed to be both effective and simple to operate and maintain. Capable of processing logs with a diameter of 34 inches and up to 13 feet in length with the standard bed, and powered by either a 16-hp or 23-hp, twin-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine, the LumberMate Pro’s spec sheet certainly gives an impression of capability.


Don Yearwood’s LumberMate Pro
I caught up with Don Yearwood, owner of Bishop Lake Outdoors Inc. in Cloyne, Ontario, on a rainy spring morning, to find out how the mill performs in the real world. Don has quite a history with Norwood portable sawmills, having owned several different models over the last decade. After retiring from a law enforcement career of more than 30 years, and finding himself and his wife the owners of an old family homestead, Don decided that they should develop the property, which has its own private lake. Fast-forward a couple of decades and a lot of hard work later, and the property now has 75 trailer sites, a Laundromat, and an outdoor store. In order to complete this transformation, Don had to clear a lot of trees from the 96-acre parcel, and being someone who doesn’t like to see things go to waste, he made the decision to turn the trees into lumber to be used in the construction of the property.


Easy Assembly, Excellent Performance
At the time of my visit, Don hadn’t had the LumberMate Pro for more than a few months and figured he had about 40 hours on the mill. He said that running the business takes up most of his time now, so he doesn’t do much custom work anymore and focuses more on producing lumber for himself. The mill comes packed in such a way that Don and his son were able to transport it home in their short-box pickup and assemble it themselves in the garage. Don says that assembly wasn’t difficult, but that you need to have a smooth, level surface on which to work.

The day I was there, Don was milling some good-sized jack pine that had recently blown over during a storm. Rather than being bucked up for firewood, Don was cutting 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence and strapping to be used in the construction of a new building on the property.

Don’s mill is equipped with the 16-hp Briggs and Stratton engine, which he says has performed extremely well, with no starting issues and plenty of torque. The only other options he has installed are the trailer package and support jacks and a 4-foot bed extension, allowing him to cut logs up to 17 feet in length. He did mention that he plans to purchase the available toe board package, so that he can reposition logs on the carriage more easily.

Don Yearwood uses a canthook to rotate a log for the next cut.

Don keeps his mill set up outside, next to his garage, and covers the saw carriage when not in use.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the debossed bed rails. Rather than the traditional onepiece steel beam, these rails are sectional, with the debossed construction adding structural rigidity while saving weight. I asked Don if he had ever had any issues with this setup, and he replied that all his mills have taken everything he’s thrown at them over the years, without any issues.

With the mill fired up and Don at the controls, I noticed that it was very quiet and that it seemed to have no trouble moving through the wet, knotty pine. The Pro has a 4-function, single-action control that throttles up the engine, disengages the blade brake, engages the clutch, and turns on the bladelubrication system all in one motion. Don is a big fan of this feature, joking that at his age, he no longer has to remember to turn the water off after making a cut.


Braking the Wind
After making a few passes, Don insisted that I take a turn at the controls and I found the mill to be extremely easy to use and push through the log. In fact, the only thing that Don would change about the mill is to add a locking mechanism to the saw carriage, since it moves so easily that the wind sometimes pushes it between cuts. For the time being, Don has solved this with a simple piece of wood used as a brake. He did add that the safety features of the Pro are great, and with the standard blade brake, the safety of the operator is greatly increased.

Don loads logs onto the mill using a tractor with a loader, and typically works alone. He takes his time and works to get the absolute most out of the log, since he is normally sawing his own lumber. After all his years using Norwood products, Don is of the opinion that the LumberMate Pro is far and away the best model yet. “It’s amazing how many uses you find for it once you have one!” he says.

Don Yearwood solved his need for a sawcarriage locking mechanism by using a simple piece of wood as a brake.


Gerald Robertson’s LumberLite ML26
On another occasion, I had the opportunity to meet up with Norwood owner Gerald Robertson at his home outside of Angus, Ontario. After spending some time watching Gerald at work, it soon became apparent that ingenuity and entrepreneurship seem to be common traits among owners of portable sawmills.

Gerald had been running his sawmill as a side business for about a year at the time of my visit. An experience getting some timber from his property milled by another Norwood owner prompted him to go out and get his own mill once he saw its capability. Gerald recalls thinking, “If he’s making money with it, why can’t I?”

The day I stopped by, Gerald was doing some custom milling for a customer, sawing large white pine logs. Although he has a tractor he uses for skidding logs to the mill, he put his skills as a welder and fabricator to work in order to make loading and turning large logs easier.

Using some scrap steel and parts and an inexpensive electric winch, Gerald has installed alog-loading and turning apparatus that not only allows him to mill larger logs without the assistance of a helper, but also saves a lot of wear and tear on his body. The winch is mounted on a carriage centered above the bed of the mill. Using some 4 x 4 pieces as a ramp, he attaches a chain to the winch and uses the remote control to roll the log up onto the mill. When it comes time to turn the log, Gerald uses a steel hook attached to the winch cable to rotate the log on the deck.

Gerald Robertson loads a white pine log onto his mill using an electric winch system he built.

Gerald owns the smaller version of Norwood’s portable bandsaw mill, the LumberLite ML26. It shares many of the same features as the larger LumberMate Pro, but with a log capacity of 26 inches, versus the Pro’s 34 inches, and a maximum log length (with standard bed) of 12 feet 9 inches. Other differences include more traditional, solid-steel bed rails, and a manual shut-off valve on the water tank. Gerald says he has been very satisfied with his mill, although he has had to improvise a few times to mill some larger logs. Like Don, Gerald has added a 4-foot extension to his mill, increasing his ability to cater to his customers’ needs.

Before I left, Gerald and his longtime friend and part-time assistant, Ronald Birch, took me back to Gerald’s woodlot to show me their winter project, a log cabin built entirely from wood sourced from the property and milled on the Norwood sawmill. It was clear that
Gerald, like Don, gets a lot of enjoyment from owning and operating his mill.

The Norwood portable sawmill lineup offers a lot of choice to would-be sawyers, with the LumberMate Pro leading the way. With their knowledge and skills coupled with the right equipment, Don and Gerald will be able to continue to enjoy their mills for years to come.

Jon Marriott is a Registered Professional Forester in the province of Ontario, and has been involved in forestry and sawmilling since the age of 14. He currently lives in southern Ontario, where he works in the vegetation management industry.

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –   

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

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Norwood began over 20 years ago with one man’s dream to build a quiet lakeside cabin.  But Norwood founder, Peter Dale, couldn’t afford the high prices at the lumber yard.  He looked at milling his own, but couldn’t believe the high prices expected by sawmill companies.

He made his decision – He would develop a portable bandmill saw that wasaccurate, reliable, easy-to-use … all at a fair price.  And so, the very first LumberMate was born.

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"Generate income or create your own building materials with a portable sawmill!"
 

This 44" diameter by 10'long oak log was salvaged from an urban tree.It is too big for conventional sawmills but will make outstanding material for slab tabletops.

Looking back at building our home in southwest Missouri, I am amazed that someone with no construction experience and limited finances would even consider such an endeavor. What I did have was a lot of energy and an abundance of oak trees in the woodlot. I just needed to convert them to lumber for the passive solar post-and-beam house I had sketched out. Fourteen foot long 8” by 8” posts were not available at the local lumberyard and even if they had been, I only would have been able to afford a couple of them a week.

With a rough idea of the design in my head and no local building codes to worry about (no one around  here would pay any attention to them anyway), I would cut down a few trees, haul them 15 miles to a local mill, help cut them, bring the lumber home, and add it to the house. That was 30 years ago. My two children, who were in diapers at the time, have grown and moved on with their own lives, and I now have two lovely grandchildren! The house still has a few unfinished places, but has sheltered us admirably through all those years, and thank goodness, continues to do so.


Band Sawmill Beginnings

As much as I enjoyed helping mill the lumber for the house, the circle mill was too dangerous and too expensive. Portable band sawmills changed all that. A local landowner was so enthusiastic about his mill that he brought it over to demonstrate it. I was hooked before the first board came off the log. The 23-horse Kohler engine was quiet, the band saw blade was safely tucked inside a housing well away from the sawyer, and the cuts were clean and smooth. Once again, boards were coming off of my trees!

I located a derelict mill that had been sitting in a pasture for several years. With a lot of repair and assistance from “Henry,” my 1953 8N Ford tractor and “Scotty,” an ’87 Chevy flatbed truck, I was in business for several years, cutting railroad ties and flooring, with the occasional custom job, until the housing downturn. Reluctantly, I mothballed the mill and took a job running a sheet metal press at a factory an hour’s drive away.

At a Tree Farm seminar, a sawyer with a small sawmill showed how he could generate more income from the walnut “scrap” left in the woods by loggers than the value of the logs they took out! Watching him transform 8-inch diameter branch wood into oval “cookies” to be sold for plaques got my attention. But when he cut open a fork in a branch to reveal the flame pattern inside, I was convinced. In a matter of minutes, he cut a piece of “scrap” wood into a three-pound chunk that was more valuable than a 300-pound railroad tie! Time for a paradigm shift.

The first step was to find a portable sawmill that was better suited to this kind of cutting. The ideal mill would have flexible clamping for odd-shaped pieces, such as forks and short logs, and have a wide enough throat to cut large logs. And I needed to be able to purchase it for less than the selling price of my old sawmill.

My Next Mate

The right support equipment makes running a sawmill much easier, but even an old farm tractor can be a valuable tool. Here, the author uses “Henry” to load a hedge log onto his mill.

The Norwood LumberMate Pro MX34 met all my criteria and had a good, solid feel to it. The lack of hydraulic log handling would require more muscle input on my part, but the simplicity of the machine and lower operating and maintenance costs were strong factors in its favor. Besides, I could use the exercise.

Manual band mills are inexpensive to operate. I have yet to go through five gallons of gas in a day’s cutting. The sawmill band blades cost around $35, and can be sharpened four or five times for $8 each, before going to the recycle pile. Unless I get into some really dirty logs or hit a nail, I generally cut between 350 and 400 board feet before taking the five minutes required to put on a fresh blade. Fuel and blades cost a total of about $78 for 1,200 board feet cut in a day. Put aside another $15 for maintenance and eventual replacement of the mill, and that comes to about 7.8 cents per board foot operating cost. Now, go to the lumberyard and ask them what 100 2” x 6” x 12’ boards would cost. Then consider the quality, and you’ll understand the economics of owning a portable sawmill.

Business & Pleasure

Sawmilling is as much a source of recreation for me as it is a business. It is still a thrill to make that first cut to find out what is inside a log. It is very much, as the great philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “…like a box of choc’lets, you never know what you’re going to get.” The roughest looking logs often have the most interesting grain patterns inside.

Even when I’m cutting wood for someone else, I occasionally stop to admire the boards. Walnut crotches, often left in the woods to rot, have a beautiful feathered grain prized for tables and gunstocks. Quarter sawn oak and sycamore have ray flecks that catch the light. Curly maple shimmers with a three-dimensional effect. Cherry, cedar, hickory, ash, and pecan all have their own special qualities. I especially like cutting unusual species like sassafras, mulberry, persimmon, and hedge (Osage orange). Even though I have more wood than I could possibly turn into furniture in my lifetime, I still set aside the best pieces.

The independence that comes from producing my own lumber is very satisfying. In addition to my house, I’ve built several sheds, and this is the year we’re going to build frames for raised bed gardens out of some hedge logs I bought from a local firewood cutter. Owning a sawmill helped forge a good relationship with my neighbors.

After 40 years, I am still a newcomer here, but they have learned that I cut good quality trailer flooring, barn siding and fencing at a reasonable cost. Every now and then one will drop off a log he thinks I might be able to use, and I’ll load his trailer with slab firewood. One even brought me a quart of wild honey from a bee tree he found.

Joplin Tornado Cleanup

A lot of my recent work has been salvaging and milling logs from trees that had blown down in the May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO tornado, just 18 miles north of my home. Some homeowners want lumber from blown-down trees in what had been their yards. Most have no way to move the logs, and the portability and quick set-up of the small portable mill has been a real asset.
    
A particularly rewarding job was milling post oak logs that grew where the Elks’ lodge had been. The logs weren’t great, and I hit several nails, but the sentimental value is immeasurable. Those boards are currently at a Joplin high school woodworking class where they will be made into furniture for the new lodge.
   
My house still needs a few finishing touches, but I have made good friends along the way. The sawmilling community is helpful and any questions generate a variety of answers. On the Internet, you get perspectives from sawyers around the world. A few of my favorite sites are norwoodsawmills.com, sawmillmag.com, woodweb.com, and forestryforum.com.

Start Your Own PORTABLE SAWMILL BIZ

CUT TO THE CHASE: An abundance of trees isn’t necessary for a sawmill business. A friend of mine has his mill located in downtown Portland, Oregon. He can either bring logs to the mill or, on big jobs, take the mill to where the logs are. This provides his woodworking business with a steady supply of quality lumber, and a stock of lumber for sale to other wood-workers. Most of his wood comes from trees that have been removed by tree services or by the city for roads and developments, and he markets to customers who like the idea of using recycled urban lumber.

WHAT TO CUT: As a general rule, I don’t cut ahead or carry inventory. I only cut on shares if I’m pretty sure I can sell my part, or have use for it myself. Still, when someone brings by a load of walnut or cedar, I’ll take my chances! I charge customers based on my time and expense. For example, if the blade runs into metal in a log, the cost of a new blade is added to the bill. Trees from yards are the worst, but even logs from the woods have hardware from old fences, deer stands, and tree houses. I even cut into an ax head one time!

INTERNET SALES: The Internet is a tremendous tool for selling lumber, as well as locating suitable logs. You might start with Craigslist or eBay and wind up creating your own website.

CUTTING COSTS: I like the fact that I can always adjust the cost of my service. Last Memorial Day, I was cutting for a customer who had served in Korea. He lamented the fact that the Korean War and the people who had served there were largely forgotten. Naturally, I gave him my half-price Memorial Day Veteran’s Discount (I’m the boss… I can do that!). I didn’t make much money that day, but I enjoyed his stories and he appreciated the recognition!

OPEN YOUR EYES: If the idea of running a sawmill appeals to you, consider having a local sawyer come over and do some cutting for you, or ask if you can observe the sawmill in action. Most will be more than glad to oblige, if they don’t see you as competition for business. Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine publishes a buyer’s guide issue, and sponsors the Great Portable Sawmill Shoot-out, in which sawmills run side-by-side. Both are available for viewing at sawmillmag.com.

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What sawyer hasn’t looked at a spectacular board and thought about using it to build a piece of custom furniture (before cutting it up for pallet lumber)? And what woodworker hasn’t dreamed of getting the first pickings off the best logs from the sawmill or selecting the logs for a project and determining how the log is cut?

Duane Slaymaker of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, lives the dream. After a five-year apprenticeship, he opened up a one-man cabinet shop in a 200-year-old tobacco-drying barn. Duane recalls the early years of his business. “I started out 24 years ago, with a table saw, drill press, router, and a band saw with a broken shaft.” He recognized that it would be a challenge to build a cabinet business in the heart of Amish country, where generations of woodworkers were already established. “Initially, my niche was unclear. I could only hope my strong work ethic, background in personal service, and attention to detail would give me the edge needed to succeed.” He now builds high-end cabinetry, custom built-ins, conference tables, and commercial desks. Over the years, he has accumulated tools that have enabled him to move into his niche, including a restored 1908 vintage, 16-inchOliver face planer that’s just a few feet away from a new, top-end Delta table saw.


The Saw
Even with the right tools, finding quality lumber was a real issue for Duane. “I’m really picky about using only top-notch lumber for my projects, and was frustrated because I could not find the quality of wood that my customers and I expect,” he recalled. “Many times I would travel to a supplier only to find the best lumber had already been picked out of the pile.” The solution was all around him. Central hardwood trees, sycamore, maple, walnut, oak, cherry, and yellow poplar were being cleared for roads and housing, or had blown down and were being cut up for firewood. While there were not enough of these trees to interest large sawmills, Duane decided that he could make use of them.

In 2001, he took what he calls “a leap of faith,” and bought a Norwood Lumbermate 2000 sawmill. According to Duane, the manual band sawmill was a good fit for his woodworking business. “It wasn’t all that expensive, and seemed like a good way to explore cutting my own lumber without risking a considerable investment.” After assembling the mill, he loaded up the first log and hoped for the best. He was delighted. “Now I know what it’s like to take that first slab off a log and see what’s inside. Some are disappointing, and some are like opening the best Christmas present,” he said. “What’s inside the log is what goes into my projects.”

Milling his own lumber has had other advantages for Duane. He says he likes the fact that he no longer relies on outside suppliers. Milling allows him to cut the lumber  for specific projects For example, when building a corporate conference table, he knows the dimensions of lumber he needs for each part, and where the best grain patterns should appear. He then cuts the log accordingly. Keeping the boards in sequence, he can book-match tabletops, match parts for grain and color, and even cut his own veneer for panels all from the same log.

An unexpected niche for Duane comes from the desire of some of his clients to have trees from their own property turned into furniture. He notes that one family eats at a table he built from a tree that had been removed because it was leaning over the house. When a customer has specific ideas for furniture, Duane can sort through his log pile or look for downed trees until he finds one that meets his needs.

On the way to his shop, he suddenly pulled over and pointed to a huge sycamore tree that had fallen when a stream bank caved in. We crawled through a barbed wire fence and walked over to it. I could see that he was already mentally quartersawing it for some future project. Duane said that if he and his neighbor can reach an agreement, logs from that sycamore will soon join the others at the mill.

 


The LumberMate is a manual mill, but Duane uses a John Deere 2020 tractor for loading the log, and the tractor forks make a handy place to stack the lumber. He sees pushing the blade through the wood by hand as an advantage. “It lets me feel how the blade is cutting. I usually slow down when going through a knot or cutting wide boards. When it takes more push than it should, I know the blade is getting dull and ready to be changed.” He pushes the mill’s 31-inch maximum-log-diameter capability by slabbing the sides of bigger logs with a chain saw. While these logs push the limit of both man and machine, he finds the results are generally well worth the effort. “You can’t just go out and buy lumber like this,” he noted as he loaded a 22-inch-wide walnut slab on the forks of his tractor. After milling, Duane air dries the lumber for three to six months, depending on the species, thickness, and the weather. When he is ready to use it, he takes it to a local Amish woodworker who has a wood-fired kiln to finish drying the wood to 6%. Other than the kiln drying, Duane has total control over every aspect of the wood from selecting the log to buffing out the final coat of varnish.

Duane starts with the tree, and takes the process all the way to the final buffing on his high-end furniture business.


The Song
“Diversity remains critical to my staying in business— at any given time, there are usually one or two aspects of my business producing cash flow,” says Duane. He has a standing order to supply yellow poplar boards for technology education programs in area schools. In addition to woodworking, he performs as a solo singer/guitar player at weddings, parties, and at some of the local watering holes. The desire for a more attractive place to set his guitar during gig breaks, led to the development of his Slay-Frame guitar stand—a folding guitar stand which he designed, patented, and now sells worldwide (www.slayframe.com). He noted that this product keeps him particularly busy around Christmastime.

Duanne’s patented Slay-Frame guitar stand is selling world-wide.

Though he has thought about expanding, Duane plans to stay a one-man business. “I like working by myself and not having to worry about what the guys will be doing if I show up late, making sure that they’re not goofing off, how I’m going to pay them, or doing all the paperwork.” He does not want to lose his personal connection with his clients. “All they have to do is call or e-mail me. No extensions, no holding while a call is being transferred. That personal touch was something I learned at a veryearly age, and I carried it through. I would risk losing that if the shop grows too much,” he explained.

The sawmill is more than just another tool to Duane. “For me, running the sawmill is therapeutic. On a nice day, I’ll go throw a log on the mill and slice it up. It gets me away from the smell of varnish or the stress of a complex glue-up, or just gives me a chance to clear
my head and enjoy the outdoors. It lets me reconnect with the wood in a way few woodworkers can. That is my passion. For me, it’s worked out better than I could have hoped.”

Dave Boyt has a BS degree in Forest Management and an MS in Wood Technology. He manages a tree farm (2006 Missouri Tree Farm of the Year), and operates a band saw sawmill.

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The portable sawmill market can be a complex and overwhelming environment, making equipment selection a daunting task. In the case of two Ontario entrepreneurs, however, the choice didn’t seem to be all that difficult, as both knew early on that they wanted to invest in a Norwood Industries portable band sawmill.
 

Using his LumberMate Pro, Don Yearwood cuts 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence.

Norwood Industries has been successfully designing and manufacturing sawmills and related equipment for over 15 years, and currently offers multiple models designed to suit the varied needs of their customers. The newest and largest mill in the lineup is the LumberMate Pro MX34, a portable bandmill designed to be both effective and simple to operate and maintain. Capable of processing logs with a diameter of 34 inches and up to 13 feet in length with the standard bed, and powered by either a 16-hp or 23-hp, twin-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine, the LumberMate Pro’s spec sheet certainly gives an impression of capability.


Don Yearwood’s LumberMate Pro
I caught up with Don Yearwood, owner of Bishop Lake Outdoors Inc. in Cloyne, Ontario, on a rainy spring morning, to find out how the mill performs in the real world. Don has quite a history with Norwood portable sawmills, having owned several different models over the last decade. After retiring from a law enforcement career of more than 30 years, and finding himself and his wife the owners of an old family homestead, Don decided that they should develop the property, which has its own private lake. Fast-forward a couple of decades and a lot of hard work later, and the property now has 75 trailer sites, a Laundromat, and an outdoor store. In order to complete this transformation, Don had to clear a lot of trees from the 96-acre parcel, and being someone who doesn’t like to see things go to waste, he made the decision to turn the trees into lumber to be used in the construction of the property.


Easy Assembly, Excellent Performance
At the time of my visit, Don hadn’t had the LumberMate Pro for more than a few months and figured he had about 40 hours on the mill. He said that running the business takes up most of his time now, so he doesn’t do much custom work anymore and focuses more on producing lumber for himself. The mill comes packed in such a way that Don and his son were able to transport it home in their short-box pickup and assemble it themselves in the garage. Don says that assembly wasn’t difficult, but that you need to have a smooth, level surface on which to work.

The day I was there, Don was milling some good-sized jack pine that had recently blown over during a storm. Rather than being bucked up for firewood, Don was cutting 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence and strapping to be used in the construction of a new building on the property.

Don’s mill is equipped with the 16-hp Briggs and Stratton engine, which he says has performed extremely well, with no starting issues and plenty of torque. The only other options he has installed are the trailer package and support jacks and a 4-foot bed extension, allowing him to cut logs up to 17 feet in length. He did mention that he plans to purchase the available toe board package, so that he can reposition logs on the carriage more easily.

Don Yearwood uses a canthook to rotate a log for the next cut.

Don keeps his mill set up outside, next to his garage, and covers the saw carriage when not in use.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the debossed bed rails. Rather than the traditional onepiece steel beam, these rails are sectional, with the debossed construction adding structural rigidity while saving weight. I asked Don if he had ever had any issues with this setup, and he replied that all his mills have taken everything he’s thrown at them over the years, without any issues.

With the mill fired up and Don at the controls, I noticed that it was very quiet and that it seemed to have no trouble moving through the wet, knotty pine. The Pro has a 4-function, single-action control that throttles up the engine, disengages the blade brake, engages the clutch, and turns on the bladelubrication system all in one motion. Don is a big fan of this feature, joking that at his age, he no longer has to remember to turn the water off after making a cut.


Braking the Wind
After making a few passes, Don insisted that I take a turn at the controls and I found the mill to be extremely easy to use and push through the log. In fact, the only thing that Don would change about the mill is to add a locking mechanism to the saw carriage, since it moves so easily that the wind sometimes pushes it between cuts. For the time being, Don has solved this with a simple piece of wood used as a brake. He did add that the safety features of the Pro are great, and with the standard blade brake, the safety of the operator is greatly increased.

Don loads logs onto the mill using a tractor with a loader, and typically works alone. He takes his time and works to get the absolute most out of the log, since he is normally sawing his own lumber. After all his years using Norwood products, Don is of the opinion that the LumberMate Pro is far and away the best model yet. “It’s amazing how many uses you find for it once you have one!” he says.

Don Yearwood solved his need for a sawcarriage locking mechanism by using a simple piece of wood as a brake.


Gerald Robertson’s LumberLite ML26
On another occasion, I had the opportunity to meet up with Norwood owner Gerald Robertson at his home outside of Angus, Ontario. After spending some time watching Gerald at work, it soon became apparent that ingenuity and entrepreneurship seem to be common traits among owners of portable sawmills.

Gerald had been running his sawmill as a side business for about a year at the time of my visit. An experience getting some timber from his property milled by another Norwood owner prompted him to go out and get his own mill once he saw its capability. Gerald recalls thinking, “If he’s making money with it, why can’t I?”

The day I stopped by, Gerald was doing some custom milling for a customer, sawing large white pine logs. Although he has a tractor he uses for skidding logs to the mill, he put his skills as a welder and fabricator to work in order to make loading and turning large logs easier.

Using some scrap steel and parts and an inexpensive electric winch, Gerald has installed alog-loading and turning apparatus that not only allows him to mill larger logs without the assistance of a helper, but also saves a lot of wear and tear on his body. The winch is mounted on a carriage centered above the bed of the mill. Using some 4 x 4 pieces as a ramp, he attaches a chain to the winch and uses the remote control to roll the log up onto the mill. When it comes time to turn the log, Gerald uses a steel hook attached to the winch cable to rotate the log on the deck.

Gerald Robertson loads a white pine log onto his mill using an electric winch system he built.

Gerald owns the smaller version of Norwood’s portable bandsaw mill, the LumberLite ML26. It shares many of the same features as the larger LumberMate Pro, but with a log capacity of 26 inches, versus the Pro’s 34 inches, and a maximum log length (with standard bed) of 12 feet 9 inches. Other differences include more traditional, solid-steel bed rails, and a manual shut-off valve on the water tank. Gerald says he has been very satisfied with his mill, although he has had to improvise a few times to mill some larger logs. Like Don, Gerald has added a 4-foot extension to his mill, increasing his ability to cater to his customers’ needs.

Before I left, Gerald and his longtime friend and part-time assistant, Ronald Birch, took me back to Gerald’s woodlot to show me their winter project, a log cabin built entirely from wood sourced from the property and milled on the Norwood sawmill. It was clear that
Gerald, like Don, gets a lot of enjoyment from owning and operating his mill.

The Norwood portable sawmill lineup offers a lot of choice to would-be sawyers, with the LumberMate Pro leading the way. With their knowledge and skills coupled with the right equipment, Don and Gerald will be able to continue to enjoy their mills for years to come.

Jon Marriott is a Registered Professional Forester in the province of Ontario, and has been involved in forestry and sawmilling since the age of 14. He currently lives in southern Ontario, where he works in the vegetation management industry.

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We’re just as committed to keeping jobs at home as we are to making the best sawmills in the industry.  We’re committed to keeping families healthy and whole. We’re committed to our country. When you invest in a Norwood, you get more than a top-flight sawmill – You stand with us behind our country

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test

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test

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –   

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

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Norwood began over 20 years ago with one man’s dream to build a quiet lakeside cabin.  But Norwood founder, Peter Dale, couldn’t afford the high prices at the lumber yard.  He looked at milling his own, but couldn’t believe the high prices expected by sawmill companies.

He made his decision – He would develop a portable bandmill saw that wasaccurate, reliable, easy-to-use … all at a fair price.  And so, the very first LumberMate was born.

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"Generate income or create your own building materials with a portable sawmill!"
 

This 44" diameter by 10'long oak log was salvaged from an urban tree.It is too big for conventional sawmills but will make outstanding material for slab tabletops.

Looking back at building our home in southwest Missouri, I am amazed that someone with no construction experience and limited finances would even consider such an endeavor. What I did have was a lot of energy and an abundance of oak trees in the woodlot. I just needed to convert them to lumber for the passive solar post-and-beam house I had sketched out. Fourteen foot long 8” by 8” posts were not available at the local lumberyard and even if they had been, I only would have been able to afford a couple of them a week.

With a rough idea of the design in my head and no local building codes to worry about (no one around  here would pay any attention to them anyway), I would cut down a few trees, haul them 15 miles to a local mill, help cut them, bring the lumber home, and add it to the house. That was 30 years ago. My two children, who were in diapers at the time, have grown and moved on with their own lives, and I now have two lovely grandchildren! The house still has a few unfinished places, but has sheltered us admirably through all those years, and thank goodness, continues to do so.


Band Sawmill Beginnings

As much as I enjoyed helping mill the lumber for the house, the circle mill was too dangerous and too expensive. Portable band sawmills changed all that. A local landowner was so enthusiastic about his mill that he brought it over to demonstrate it. I was hooked before the first board came off the log. The 23-horse Kohler engine was quiet, the band saw blade was safely tucked inside a housing well away from the sawyer, and the cuts were clean and smooth. Once again, boards were coming off of my trees!

I located a derelict mill that had been sitting in a pasture for several years. With a lot of repair and assistance from “Henry,” my 1953 8N Ford tractor and “Scotty,” an ’87 Chevy flatbed truck, I was in business for several years, cutting railroad ties and flooring, with the occasional custom job, until the housing downturn. Reluctantly, I mothballed the mill and took a job running a sheet metal press at a factory an hour’s drive away.

At a Tree Farm seminar, a sawyer with a small sawmill showed how he could generate more income from the walnut “scrap” left in the woods by loggers than the value of the logs they took out! Watching him transform 8-inch diameter branch wood into oval “cookies” to be sold for plaques got my attention. But when he cut open a fork in a branch to reveal the flame pattern inside, I was convinced. In a matter of minutes, he cut a piece of “scrap” wood into a three-pound chunk that was more valuable than a 300-pound railroad tie! Time for a paradigm shift.

The first step was to find a portable sawmill that was better suited to this kind of cutting. The ideal mill would have flexible clamping for odd-shaped pieces, such as forks and short logs, and have a wide enough throat to cut large logs. And I needed to be able to purchase it for less than the selling price of my old sawmill.

My Next Mate

The right support equipment makes running a sawmill much easier, but even an old farm tractor can be a valuable tool. Here, the author uses “Henry” to load a hedge log onto his mill.

The Norwood LumberMate Pro MX34 met all my criteria and had a good, solid feel to it. The lack of hydraulic log handling would require more muscle input on my part, but the simplicity of the machine and lower operating and maintenance costs were strong factors in its favor. Besides, I could use the exercise.

Manual band mills are inexpensive to operate. I have yet to go through five gallons of gas in a day’s cutting. The sawmill band blades cost around $35, and can be sharpened four or five times for $8 each, before going to the recycle pile. Unless I get into some really dirty logs or hit a nail, I generally cut between 350 and 400 board feet before taking the five minutes required to put on a fresh blade. Fuel and blades cost a total of about $78 for 1,200 board feet cut in a day. Put aside another $15 for maintenance and eventual replacement of the mill, and that comes to about 7.8 cents per board foot operating cost. Now, go to the lumberyard and ask them what 100 2” x 6” x 12’ boards would cost. Then consider the quality, and you’ll understand the economics of owning a portable sawmill.

Business & Pleasure

Sawmilling is as much a source of recreation for me as it is a business. It is still a thrill to make that first cut to find out what is inside a log. It is very much, as the great philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “…like a box of choc’lets, you never know what you’re going to get.” The roughest looking logs often have the most interesting grain patterns inside.

Even when I’m cutting wood for someone else, I occasionally stop to admire the boards. Walnut crotches, often left in the woods to rot, have a beautiful feathered grain prized for tables and gunstocks. Quarter sawn oak and sycamore have ray flecks that catch the light. Curly maple shimmers with a three-dimensional effect. Cherry, cedar, hickory, ash, and pecan all have their own special qualities. I especially like cutting unusual species like sassafras, mulberry, persimmon, and hedge (Osage orange). Even though I have more wood than I could possibly turn into furniture in my lifetime, I still set aside the best pieces.

The independence that comes from producing my own lumber is very satisfying. In addition to my house, I’ve built several sheds, and this is the year we’re going to build frames for raised bed gardens out of some hedge logs I bought from a local firewood cutter. Owning a sawmill helped forge a good relationship with my neighbors.

After 40 years, I am still a newcomer here, but they have learned that I cut good quality trailer flooring, barn siding and fencing at a reasonable cost. Every now and then one will drop off a log he thinks I might be able to use, and I’ll load his trailer with slab firewood. One even brought me a quart of wild honey from a bee tree he found.

Joplin Tornado Cleanup

A lot of my recent work has been salvaging and milling logs from trees that had blown down in the May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO tornado, just 18 miles north of my home. Some homeowners want lumber from blown-down trees in what had been their yards. Most have no way to move the logs, and the portability and quick set-up of the small portable mill has been a real asset.
    
A particularly rewarding job was milling post oak logs that grew where the Elks’ lodge had been. The logs weren’t great, and I hit several nails, but the sentimental value is immeasurable. Those boards are currently at a Joplin high school woodworking class where they will be made into furniture for the new lodge.
   
My house still needs a few finishing touches, but I have made good friends along the way. The sawmilling community is helpful and any questions generate a variety of answers. On the Internet, you get perspectives from sawyers around the world. A few of my favorite sites are norwoodsawmills.com, sawmillmag.com, woodweb.com, and forestryforum.com.

Start Your Own PORTABLE SAWMILL BIZ

CUT TO THE CHASE: An abundance of trees isn’t necessary for a sawmill business. A friend of mine has his mill located in downtown Portland, Oregon. He can either bring logs to the mill or, on big jobs, take the mill to where the logs are. This provides his woodworking business with a steady supply of quality lumber, and a stock of lumber for sale to other wood-workers. Most of his wood comes from trees that have been removed by tree services or by the city for roads and developments, and he markets to customers who like the idea of using recycled urban lumber.

WHAT TO CUT: As a general rule, I don’t cut ahead or carry inventory. I only cut on shares if I’m pretty sure I can sell my part, or have use for it myself. Still, when someone brings by a load of walnut or cedar, I’ll take my chances! I charge customers based on my time and expense. For example, if the blade runs into metal in a log, the cost of a new blade is added to the bill. Trees from yards are the worst, but even logs from the woods have hardware from old fences, deer stands, and tree houses. I even cut into an ax head one time!

INTERNET SALES: The Internet is a tremendous tool for selling lumber, as well as locating suitable logs. You might start with Craigslist or eBay and wind up creating your own website.

CUTTING COSTS: I like the fact that I can always adjust the cost of my service. Last Memorial Day, I was cutting for a customer who had served in Korea. He lamented the fact that the Korean War and the people who had served there were largely forgotten. Naturally, I gave him my half-price Memorial Day Veteran’s Discount (I’m the boss… I can do that!). I didn’t make much money that day, but I enjoyed his stories and he appreciated the recognition!

OPEN YOUR EYES: If the idea of running a sawmill appeals to you, consider having a local sawyer come over and do some cutting for you, or ask if you can observe the sawmill in action. Most will be more than glad to oblige, if they don’t see you as competition for business. Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine publishes a buyer’s guide issue, and sponsors the Great Portable Sawmill Shoot-out, in which sawmills run side-by-side. Both are available for viewing at sawmillmag.com.

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What sawyer hasn’t looked at a spectacular board and thought about using it to build a piece of custom furniture (before cutting it up for pallet lumber)? And what woodworker hasn’t dreamed of getting the first pickings off the best logs from the sawmill or selecting the logs for a project and determining how the log is cut?

Duane Slaymaker of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, lives the dream. After a five-year apprenticeship, he opened up a one-man cabinet shop in a 200-year-old tobacco-drying barn. Duane recalls the early years of his business. “I started out 24 years ago, with a table saw, drill press, router, and a band saw with a broken shaft.” He recognized that it would be a challenge to build a cabinet business in the heart of Amish country, where generations of woodworkers were already established. “Initially, my niche was unclear. I could only hope my strong work ethic, background in personal service, and attention to detail would give me the edge needed to succeed.” He now builds high-end cabinetry, custom built-ins, conference tables, and commercial desks. Over the years, he has accumulated tools that have enabled him to move into his niche, including a restored 1908 vintage, 16-inchOliver face planer that’s just a few feet away from a new, top-end Delta table saw.


The Saw
Even with the right tools, finding quality lumber was a real issue for Duane. “I’m really picky about using only top-notch lumber for my projects, and was frustrated because I could not find the quality of wood that my customers and I expect,” he recalled. “Many times I would travel to a supplier only to find the best lumber had already been picked out of the pile.” The solution was all around him. Central hardwood trees, sycamore, maple, walnut, oak, cherry, and yellow poplar were being cleared for roads and housing, or had blown down and were being cut up for firewood. While there were not enough of these trees to interest large sawmills, Duane decided that he could make use of them.

In 2001, he took what he calls “a leap of faith,” and bought a Norwood Lumbermate 2000 sawmill. According to Duane, the manual band sawmill was a good fit for his woodworking business. “It wasn’t all that expensive, and seemed like a good way to explore cutting my own lumber without risking a considerable investment.” After assembling the mill, he loaded up the first log and hoped for the best. He was delighted. “Now I know what it’s like to take that first slab off a log and see what’s inside. Some are disappointing, and some are like opening the best Christmas present,” he said. “What’s inside the log is what goes into my projects.”

Milling his own lumber has had other advantages for Duane. He says he likes the fact that he no longer relies on outside suppliers. Milling allows him to cut the lumber  for specific projects For example, when building a corporate conference table, he knows the dimensions of lumber he needs for each part, and where the best grain patterns should appear. He then cuts the log accordingly. Keeping the boards in sequence, he can book-match tabletops, match parts for grain and color, and even cut his own veneer for panels all from the same log.

An unexpected niche for Duane comes from the desire of some of his clients to have trees from their own property turned into furniture. He notes that one family eats at a table he built from a tree that had been removed because it was leaning over the house. When a customer has specific ideas for furniture, Duane can sort through his log pile or look for downed trees until he finds one that meets his needs.

On the way to his shop, he suddenly pulled over and pointed to a huge sycamore tree that had fallen when a stream bank caved in. We crawled through a barbed wire fence and walked over to it. I could see that he was already mentally quartersawing it for some future project. Duane said that if he and his neighbor can reach an agreement, logs from that sycamore will soon join the others at the mill.

 


The LumberMate is a manual mill, but Duane uses a John Deere 2020 tractor for loading the log, and the tractor forks make a handy place to stack the lumber. He sees pushing the blade through the wood by hand as an advantage. “It lets me feel how the blade is cutting. I usually slow down when going through a knot or cutting wide boards. When it takes more push than it should, I know the blade is getting dull and ready to be changed.” He pushes the mill’s 31-inch maximum-log-diameter capability by slabbing the sides of bigger logs with a chain saw. While these logs push the limit of both man and machine, he finds the results are generally well worth the effort. “You can’t just go out and buy lumber like this,” he noted as he loaded a 22-inch-wide walnut slab on the forks of his tractor. After milling, Duane air dries the lumber for three to six months, depending on the species, thickness, and the weather. When he is ready to use it, he takes it to a local Amish woodworker who has a wood-fired kiln to finish drying the wood to 6%. Other than the kiln drying, Duane has total control over every aspect of the wood from selecting the log to buffing out the final coat of varnish.

Duane starts with the tree, and takes the process all the way to the final buffing on his high-end furniture business.


The Song
“Diversity remains critical to my staying in business— at any given time, there are usually one or two aspects of my business producing cash flow,” says Duane. He has a standing order to supply yellow poplar boards for technology education programs in area schools. In addition to woodworking, he performs as a solo singer/guitar player at weddings, parties, and at some of the local watering holes. The desire for a more attractive place to set his guitar during gig breaks, led to the development of his Slay-Frame guitar stand—a folding guitar stand which he designed, patented, and now sells worldwide (www.slayframe.com). He noted that this product keeps him particularly busy around Christmastime.

Duanne’s patented Slay-Frame guitar stand is selling world-wide.

Though he has thought about expanding, Duane plans to stay a one-man business. “I like working by myself and not having to worry about what the guys will be doing if I show up late, making sure that they’re not goofing off, how I’m going to pay them, or doing all the paperwork.” He does not want to lose his personal connection with his clients. “All they have to do is call or e-mail me. No extensions, no holding while a call is being transferred. That personal touch was something I learned at a veryearly age, and I carried it through. I would risk losing that if the shop grows too much,” he explained.

The sawmill is more than just another tool to Duane. “For me, running the sawmill is therapeutic. On a nice day, I’ll go throw a log on the mill and slice it up. It gets me away from the smell of varnish or the stress of a complex glue-up, or just gives me a chance to clear
my head and enjoy the outdoors. It lets me reconnect with the wood in a way few woodworkers can. That is my passion. For me, it’s worked out better than I could have hoped.”

Dave Boyt has a BS degree in Forest Management and an MS in Wood Technology. He manages a tree farm (2006 Missouri Tree Farm of the Year), and operates a band saw sawmill.

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The portable sawmill market can be a complex and overwhelming environment, making equipment selection a daunting task. In the case of two Ontario entrepreneurs, however, the choice didn’t seem to be all that difficult, as both knew early on that they wanted to invest in a Norwood Industries portable band sawmill.
 

Using his LumberMate Pro, Don Yearwood cuts 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence.

Norwood Industries has been successfully designing and manufacturing sawmills and related equipment for over 15 years, and currently offers multiple models designed to suit the varied needs of their customers. The newest and largest mill in the lineup is the LumberMate Pro MX34, a portable bandmill designed to be both effective and simple to operate and maintain. Capable of processing logs with a diameter of 34 inches and up to 13 feet in length with the standard bed, and powered by either a 16-hp or 23-hp, twin-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine, the LumberMate Pro’s spec sheet certainly gives an impression of capability.


Don Yearwood’s LumberMate Pro
I caught up with Don Yearwood, owner of Bishop Lake Outdoors Inc. in Cloyne, Ontario, on a rainy spring morning, to find out how the mill performs in the real world. Don has quite a history with Norwood portable sawmills, having owned several different models over the last decade. After retiring from a law enforcement career of more than 30 years, and finding himself and his wife the owners of an old family homestead, Don decided that they should develop the property, which has its own private lake. Fast-forward a couple of decades and a lot of hard work later, and the property now has 75 trailer sites, a Laundromat, and an outdoor store. In order to complete this transformation, Don had to clear a lot of trees from the 96-acre parcel, and being someone who doesn’t like to see things go to waste, he made the decision to turn the trees into lumber to be used in the construction of the property.


Easy Assembly, Excellent Performance
At the time of my visit, Don hadn’t had the LumberMate Pro for more than a few months and figured he had about 40 hours on the mill. He said that running the business takes up most of his time now, so he doesn’t do much custom work anymore and focuses more on producing lumber for himself. The mill comes packed in such a way that Don and his son were able to transport it home in their short-box pickup and assemble it themselves in the garage. Don says that assembly wasn’t difficult, but that you need to have a smooth, level surface on which to work.

The day I was there, Don was milling some good-sized jack pine that had recently blown over during a storm. Rather than being bucked up for firewood, Don was cutting 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence and strapping to be used in the construction of a new building on the property.

Don’s mill is equipped with the 16-hp Briggs and Stratton engine, which he says has performed extremely well, with no starting issues and plenty of torque. The only other options he has installed are the trailer package and support jacks and a 4-foot bed extension, allowing him to cut logs up to 17 feet in length. He did mention that he plans to purchase the available toe board package, so that he can reposition logs on the carriage more easily.

Don Yearwood uses a canthook to rotate a log for the next cut.

Don keeps his mill set up outside, next to his garage, and covers the saw carriage when not in use.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the debossed bed rails. Rather than the traditional onepiece steel beam, these rails are sectional, with the debossed construction adding structural rigidity while saving weight. I asked Don if he had ever had any issues with this setup, and he replied that all his mills have taken everything he’s thrown at them over the years, without any issues.

With the mill fired up and Don at the controls, I noticed that it was very quiet and that it seemed to have no trouble moving through the wet, knotty pine. The Pro has a 4-function, single-action control that throttles up the engine, disengages the blade brake, engages the clutch, and turns on the bladelubrication system all in one motion. Don is a big fan of this feature, joking that at his age, he no longer has to remember to turn the water off after making a cut.


Braking the Wind
After making a few passes, Don insisted that I take a turn at the controls and I found the mill to be extremely easy to use and push through the log. In fact, the only thing that Don would change about the mill is to add a locking mechanism to the saw carriage, since it moves so easily that the wind sometimes pushes it between cuts. For the time being, Don has solved this with a simple piece of wood used as a brake. He did add that the safety features of the Pro are great, and with the standard blade brake, the safety of the operator is greatly increased.

Don loads logs onto the mill using a tractor with a loader, and typically works alone. He takes his time and works to get the absolute most out of the log, since he is normally sawing his own lumber. After all his years using Norwood products, Don is of the opinion that the LumberMate Pro is far and away the best model yet. “It’s amazing how many uses you find for it once you have one!” he says.

Don Yearwood solved his need for a sawcarriage locking mechanism by using a simple piece of wood as a brake.


Gerald Robertson’s LumberLite ML26
On another occasion, I had the opportunity to meet up with Norwood owner Gerald Robertson at his home outside of Angus, Ontario. After spending some time watching Gerald at work, it soon became apparent that ingenuity and entrepreneurship seem to be common traits among owners of portable sawmills.

Gerald had been running his sawmill as a side business for about a year at the time of my visit. An experience getting some timber from his property milled by another Norwood owner prompted him to go out and get his own mill once he saw its capability. Gerald recalls thinking, “If he’s making money with it, why can’t I?”

The day I stopped by, Gerald was doing some custom milling for a customer, sawing large white pine logs. Although he has a tractor he uses for skidding logs to the mill, he put his skills as a welder and fabricator to work in order to make loading and turning large logs easier.

Using some scrap steel and parts and an inexpensive electric winch, Gerald has installed alog-loading and turning apparatus that not only allows him to mill larger logs without the assistance of a helper, but also saves a lot of wear and tear on his body. The winch is mounted on a carriage centered above the bed of the mill. Using some 4 x 4 pieces as a ramp, he attaches a chain to the winch and uses the remote control to roll the log up onto the mill. When it comes time to turn the log, Gerald uses a steel hook attached to the winch cable to rotate the log on the deck.

Gerald Robertson loads a white pine log onto his mill using an electric winch system he built.

Gerald owns the smaller version of Norwood’s portable bandsaw mill, the LumberLite ML26. It shares many of the same features as the larger LumberMate Pro, but with a log capacity of 26 inches, versus the Pro’s 34 inches, and a maximum log length (with standard bed) of 12 feet 9 inches. Other differences include more traditional, solid-steel bed rails, and a manual shut-off valve on the water tank. Gerald says he has been very satisfied with his mill, although he has had to improvise a few times to mill some larger logs. Like Don, Gerald has added a 4-foot extension to his mill, increasing his ability to cater to his customers’ needs.

Before I left, Gerald and his longtime friend and part-time assistant, Ronald Birch, took me back to Gerald’s woodlot to show me their winter project, a log cabin built entirely from wood sourced from the property and milled on the Norwood sawmill. It was clear that
Gerald, like Don, gets a lot of enjoyment from owning and operating his mill.

The Norwood portable sawmill lineup offers a lot of choice to would-be sawyers, with the LumberMate Pro leading the way. With their knowledge and skills coupled with the right equipment, Don and Gerald will be able to continue to enjoy their mills for years to come.

Jon Marriott is a Registered Professional Forester in the province of Ontario, and has been involved in forestry and sawmilling since the age of 14. He currently lives in southern Ontario, where he works in the vegetation management industry.

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When you invest in a Norwood, you can be sure it was quality-built in the U.S.A. and Canada. Every component of every Norwood sawmill is made of top-quality steel by highly-trained, highly-skilled operators with cutting-edge fabrication and machining technologies.

You might hear other companies claim the same thing, but be careful – Many only packagetheir mills here out of parts imported from China, Taiwan or Poland. 

Portable Sawmills take a beating – They have to handle heavy logs and cut accurate lumber in tough conditions. When the chips are down, you want a sawmill that can stand up to the challenge. Don’t trust your milling operation to an offshore import made by low-paid workers, no matter how cheap the price seems – If they can’t get the job done, they’ll cost you way more in the long run.

Norwood sawmills are built to cut hundreds of thousands, even millions, of board feet, day-in and day-out. Simply put, every Norwood is built for the long-haul.

We’re just as committed to keeping jobs at home as we are to making the best sawmills in the industry.  We’re committed to keeping families healthy and whole. We’re committed to our country. When you invest in a Norwood, you get more than a top-flight sawmill – You stand with us behind our country

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In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity.

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test

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test

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –   

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

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Norwood began over 20 years ago with one man’s dream to build a quiet lakeside cabin.  But Norwood founder, Peter Dale, couldn’t afford the high prices at the lumber yard.  He looked at milling his own, but couldn’t believe the high prices expected by sawmill companies.

He made his decision – He would develop a portable bandmill saw that wasaccurate, reliable, easy-to-use … all at a fair price.  And so, the very first LumberMate was born.

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"Generate income or create your own building materials with a portable sawmill!"
 

This 44" diameter by 10'long oak log was salvaged from an urban tree.It is too big for conventional sawmills but will make outstanding material for slab tabletops.

Looking back at building our home in southwest Missouri, I am amazed that someone with no construction experience and limited finances would even consider such an endeavor. What I did have was a lot of energy and an abundance of oak trees in the woodlot. I just needed to convert them to lumber for the passive solar post-and-beam house I had sketched out. Fourteen foot long 8” by 8” posts were not available at the local lumberyard and even if they had been, I only would have been able to afford a couple of them a week.

With a rough idea of the design in my head and no local building codes to worry about (no one around  here would pay any attention to them anyway), I would cut down a few trees, haul them 15 miles to a local mill, help cut them, bring the lumber home, and add it to the house. That was 30 years ago. My two children, who were in diapers at the time, have grown and moved on with their own lives, and I now have two lovely grandchildren! The house still has a few unfinished places, but has sheltered us admirably through all those years, and thank goodness, continues to do so.


Band Sawmill Beginnings

As much as I enjoyed helping mill the lumber for the house, the circle mill was too dangerous and too expensive. Portable band sawmills changed all that. A local landowner was so enthusiastic about his mill that he brought it over to demonstrate it. I was hooked before the first board came off the log. The 23-horse Kohler engine was quiet, the band saw blade was safely tucked inside a housing well away from the sawyer, and the cuts were clean and smooth. Once again, boards were coming off of my trees!

I located a derelict mill that had been sitting in a pasture for several years. With a lot of repair and assistance from “Henry,” my 1953 8N Ford tractor and “Scotty,” an ’87 Chevy flatbed truck, I was in business for several years, cutting railroad ties and flooring, with the occasional custom job, until the housing downturn. Reluctantly, I mothballed the mill and took a job running a sheet metal press at a factory an hour’s drive away.

At a Tree Farm seminar, a sawyer with a small sawmill showed how he could generate more income from the walnut “scrap” left in the woods by loggers than the value of the logs they took out! Watching him transform 8-inch diameter branch wood into oval “cookies” to be sold for plaques got my attention. But when he cut open a fork in a branch to reveal the flame pattern inside, I was convinced. In a matter of minutes, he cut a piece of “scrap” wood into a three-pound chunk that was more valuable than a 300-pound railroad tie! Time for a paradigm shift.

The first step was to find a portable sawmill that was better suited to this kind of cutting. The ideal mill would have flexible clamping for odd-shaped pieces, such as forks and short logs, and have a wide enough throat to cut large logs. And I needed to be able to purchase it for less than the selling price of my old sawmill.

My Next Mate

The right support equipment makes running a sawmill much easier, but even an old farm tractor can be a valuable tool. Here, the author uses “Henry” to load a hedge log onto his mill.

The Norwood LumberMate Pro MX34 met all my criteria and had a good, solid feel to it. The lack of hydraulic log handling would require more muscle input on my part, but the simplicity of the machine and lower operating and maintenance costs were strong factors in its favor. Besides, I could use the exercise.

Manual band mills are inexpensive to operate. I have yet to go through five gallons of gas in a day’s cutting. The sawmill band blades cost around $35, and can be sharpened four or five times for $8 each, before going to the recycle pile. Unless I get into some really dirty logs or hit a nail, I generally cut between 350 and 400 board feet before taking the five minutes required to put on a fresh blade. Fuel and blades cost a total of about $78 for 1,200 board feet cut in a day. Put aside another $15 for maintenance and eventual replacement of the mill, and that comes to about 7.8 cents per board foot operating cost. Now, go to the lumberyard and ask them what 100 2” x 6” x 12’ boards would cost. Then consider the quality, and you’ll understand the economics of owning a portable sawmill.

Business & Pleasure

Sawmilling is as much a source of recreation for me as it is a business. It is still a thrill to make that first cut to find out what is inside a log. It is very much, as the great philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “…like a box of choc’lets, you never know what you’re going to get.” The roughest looking logs often have the most interesting grain patterns inside.

Even when I’m cutting wood for someone else, I occasionally stop to admire the boards. Walnut crotches, often left in the woods to rot, have a beautiful feathered grain prized for tables and gunstocks. Quarter sawn oak and sycamore have ray flecks that catch the light. Curly maple shimmers with a three-dimensional effect. Cherry, cedar, hickory, ash, and pecan all have their own special qualities. I especially like cutting unusual species like sassafras, mulberry, persimmon, and hedge (Osage orange). Even though I have more wood than I could possibly turn into furniture in my lifetime, I still set aside the best pieces.

The independence that comes from producing my own lumber is very satisfying. In addition to my house, I’ve built several sheds, and this is the year we’re going to build frames for raised bed gardens out of some hedge logs I bought from a local firewood cutter. Owning a sawmill helped forge a good relationship with my neighbors.

After 40 years, I am still a newcomer here, but they have learned that I cut good quality trailer flooring, barn siding and fencing at a reasonable cost. Every now and then one will drop off a log he thinks I might be able to use, and I’ll load his trailer with slab firewood. One even brought me a quart of wild honey from a bee tree he found.

Joplin Tornado Cleanup

A lot of my recent work has been salvaging and milling logs from trees that had blown down in the May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO tornado, just 18 miles north of my home. Some homeowners want lumber from blown-down trees in what had been their yards. Most have no way to move the logs, and the portability and quick set-up of the small portable mill has been a real asset.
    
A particularly rewarding job was milling post oak logs that grew where the Elks’ lodge had been. The logs weren’t great, and I hit several nails, but the sentimental value is immeasurable. Those boards are currently at a Joplin high school woodworking class where they will be made into furniture for the new lodge.
   
My house still needs a few finishing touches, but I have made good friends along the way. The sawmilling community is helpful and any questions generate a variety of answers. On the Internet, you get perspectives from sawyers around the world. A few of my favorite sites are norwoodsawmills.com, sawmillmag.com, woodweb.com, and forestryforum.com.

Start Your Own PORTABLE SAWMILL BIZ

CUT TO THE CHASE: An abundance of trees isn’t necessary for a sawmill business. A friend of mine has his mill located in downtown Portland, Oregon. He can either bring logs to the mill or, on big jobs, take the mill to where the logs are. This provides his woodworking business with a steady supply of quality lumber, and a stock of lumber for sale to other wood-workers. Most of his wood comes from trees that have been removed by tree services or by the city for roads and developments, and he markets to customers who like the idea of using recycled urban lumber.

WHAT TO CUT: As a general rule, I don’t cut ahead or carry inventory. I only cut on shares if I’m pretty sure I can sell my part, or have use for it myself. Still, when someone brings by a load of walnut or cedar, I’ll take my chances! I charge customers based on my time and expense. For example, if the blade runs into metal in a log, the cost of a new blade is added to the bill. Trees from yards are the worst, but even logs from the woods have hardware from old fences, deer stands, and tree houses. I even cut into an ax head one time!

INTERNET SALES: The Internet is a tremendous tool for selling lumber, as well as locating suitable logs. You might start with Craigslist or eBay and wind up creating your own website.

CUTTING COSTS: I like the fact that I can always adjust the cost of my service. Last Memorial Day, I was cutting for a customer who had served in Korea. He lamented the fact that the Korean War and the people who had served there were largely forgotten. Naturally, I gave him my half-price Memorial Day Veteran’s Discount (I’m the boss… I can do that!). I didn’t make much money that day, but I enjoyed his stories and he appreciated the recognition!

OPEN YOUR EYES: If the idea of running a sawmill appeals to you, consider having a local sawyer come over and do some cutting for you, or ask if you can observe the sawmill in action. Most will be more than glad to oblige, if they don’t see you as competition for business. Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine publishes a buyer’s guide issue, and sponsors the Great Portable Sawmill Shoot-out, in which sawmills run side-by-side. Both are available for viewing at sawmillmag.com.

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What sawyer hasn’t looked at a spectacular board and thought about using it to build a piece of custom furniture (before cutting it up for pallet lumber)? And what woodworker hasn’t dreamed of getting the first pickings off the best logs from the sawmill or selecting the logs for a project and determining how the log is cut?

Duane Slaymaker of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, lives the dream. After a five-year apprenticeship, he opened up a one-man cabinet shop in a 200-year-old tobacco-drying barn. Duane recalls the early years of his business. “I started out 24 years ago, with a table saw, drill press, router, and a band saw with a broken shaft.” He recognized that it would be a challenge to build a cabinet business in the heart of Amish country, where generations of woodworkers were already established. “Initially, my niche was unclear. I could only hope my strong work ethic, background in personal service, and attention to detail would give me the edge needed to succeed.” He now builds high-end cabinetry, custom built-ins, conference tables, and commercial desks. Over the years, he has accumulated tools that have enabled him to move into his niche, including a restored 1908 vintage, 16-inchOliver face planer that’s just a few feet away from a new, top-end Delta table saw.


The Saw
Even with the right tools, finding quality lumber was a real issue for Duane. “I’m really picky about using only top-notch lumber for my projects, and was frustrated because I could not find the quality of wood that my customers and I expect,” he recalled. “Many times I would travel to a supplier only to find the best lumber had already been picked out of the pile.” The solution was all around him. Central hardwood trees, sycamore, maple, walnut, oak, cherry, and yellow poplar were being cleared for roads and housing, or had blown down and were being cut up for firewood. While there were not enough of these trees to interest large sawmills, Duane decided that he could make use of them.

In 2001, he took what he calls “a leap of faith,” and bought a Norwood Lumbermate 2000 sawmill. According to Duane, the manual band sawmill was a good fit for his woodworking business. “It wasn’t all that expensive, and seemed like a good way to explore cutting my own lumber without risking a considerable investment.” After assembling the mill, he loaded up the first log and hoped for the best. He was delighted. “Now I know what it’s like to take that first slab off a log and see what’s inside. Some are disappointing, and some are like opening the best Christmas present,” he said. “What’s inside the log is what goes into my projects.”

Milling his own lumber has had other advantages for Duane. He says he likes the fact that he no longer relies on outside suppliers. Milling allows him to cut the lumber  for specific projects For example, when building a corporate conference table, he knows the dimensions of lumber he needs for each part, and where the best grain patterns should appear. He then cuts the log accordingly. Keeping the boards in sequence, he can book-match tabletops, match parts for grain and color, and even cut his own veneer for panels all from the same log.

An unexpected niche for Duane comes from the desire of some of his clients to have trees from their own property turned into furniture. He notes that one family eats at a table he built from a tree that had been removed because it was leaning over the house. When a customer has specific ideas for furniture, Duane can sort through his log pile or look for downed trees until he finds one that meets his needs.

On the way to his shop, he suddenly pulled over and pointed to a huge sycamore tree that had fallen when a stream bank caved in. We crawled through a barbed wire fence and walked over to it. I could see that he was already mentally quartersawing it for some future project. Duane said that if he and his neighbor can reach an agreement, logs from that sycamore will soon join the others at the mill.

 


The LumberMate is a manual mill, but Duane uses a John Deere 2020 tractor for loading the log, and the tractor forks make a handy place to stack the lumber. He sees pushing the blade through the wood by hand as an advantage. “It lets me feel how the blade is cutting. I usually slow down when going through a knot or cutting wide boards. When it takes more push than it should, I know the blade is getting dull and ready to be changed.” He pushes the mill’s 31-inch maximum-log-diameter capability by slabbing the sides of bigger logs with a chain saw. While these logs push the limit of both man and machine, he finds the results are generally well worth the effort. “You can’t just go out and buy lumber like this,” he noted as he loaded a 22-inch-wide walnut slab on the forks of his tractor. After milling, Duane air dries the lumber for three to six months, depending on the species, thickness, and the weather. When he is ready to use it, he takes it to a local Amish woodworker who has a wood-fired kiln to finish drying the wood to 6%. Other than the kiln drying, Duane has total control over every aspect of the wood from selecting the log to buffing out the final coat of varnish.

Duane starts with the tree, and takes the process all the way to the final buffing on his high-end furniture business.


The Song
“Diversity remains critical to my staying in business— at any given time, there are usually one or two aspects of my business producing cash flow,” says Duane. He has a standing order to supply yellow poplar boards for technology education programs in area schools. In addition to woodworking, he performs as a solo singer/guitar player at weddings, parties, and at some of the local watering holes. The desire for a more attractive place to set his guitar during gig breaks, led to the development of his Slay-Frame guitar stand—a folding guitar stand which he designed, patented, and now sells worldwide (www.slayframe.com). He noted that this product keeps him particularly busy around Christmastime.

Duanne’s patented Slay-Frame guitar stand is selling world-wide.

Though he has thought about expanding, Duane plans to stay a one-man business. “I like working by myself and not having to worry about what the guys will be doing if I show up late, making sure that they’re not goofing off, how I’m going to pay them, or doing all the paperwork.” He does not want to lose his personal connection with his clients. “All they have to do is call or e-mail me. No extensions, no holding while a call is being transferred. That personal touch was something I learned at a veryearly age, and I carried it through. I would risk losing that if the shop grows too much,” he explained.

The sawmill is more than just another tool to Duane. “For me, running the sawmill is therapeutic. On a nice day, I’ll go throw a log on the mill and slice it up. It gets me away from the smell of varnish or the stress of a complex glue-up, or just gives me a chance to clear
my head and enjoy the outdoors. It lets me reconnect with the wood in a way few woodworkers can. That is my passion. For me, it’s worked out better than I could have hoped.”

Dave Boyt has a BS degree in Forest Management and an MS in Wood Technology. He manages a tree farm (2006 Missouri Tree Farm of the Year), and operates a band saw sawmill.

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The portable sawmill market can be a complex and overwhelming environment, making equipment selection a daunting task. In the case of two Ontario entrepreneurs, however, the choice didn’t seem to be all that difficult, as both knew early on that they wanted to invest in a Norwood Industries portable band sawmill.
 

Using his LumberMate Pro, Don Yearwood cuts 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence.

Norwood Industries has been successfully designing and manufacturing sawmills and related equipment for over 15 years, and currently offers multiple models designed to suit the varied needs of their customers. The newest and largest mill in the lineup is the LumberMate Pro MX34, a portable bandmill designed to be both effective and simple to operate and maintain. Capable of processing logs with a diameter of 34 inches and up to 13 feet in length with the standard bed, and powered by either a 16-hp or 23-hp, twin-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine, the LumberMate Pro’s spec sheet certainly gives an impression of capability.


Don Yearwood’s LumberMate Pro
I caught up with Don Yearwood, owner of Bishop Lake Outdoors Inc. in Cloyne, Ontario, on a rainy spring morning, to find out how the mill performs in the real world. Don has quite a history with Norwood portable sawmills, having owned several different models over the last decade. After retiring from a law enforcement career of more than 30 years, and finding himself and his wife the owners of an old family homestead, Don decided that they should develop the property, which has its own private lake. Fast-forward a couple of decades and a lot of hard work later, and the property now has 75 trailer sites, a Laundromat, and an outdoor store. In order to complete this transformation, Don had to clear a lot of trees from the 96-acre parcel, and being someone who doesn’t like to see things go to waste, he made the decision to turn the trees into lumber to be used in the construction of the property.


Easy Assembly, Excellent Performance
At the time of my visit, Don hadn’t had the LumberMate Pro for more than a few months and figured he had about 40 hours on the mill. He said that running the business takes up most of his time now, so he doesn’t do much custom work anymore and focuses more on producing lumber for himself. The mill comes packed in such a way that Don and his son were able to transport it home in their short-box pickup and assemble it themselves in the garage. Don says that assembly wasn’t difficult, but that you need to have a smooth, level surface on which to work.

The day I was there, Don was milling some good-sized jack pine that had recently blown over during a storm. Rather than being bucked up for firewood, Don was cutting 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence and strapping to be used in the construction of a new building on the property.

Don’s mill is equipped with the 16-hp Briggs and Stratton engine, which he says has performed extremely well, with no starting issues and plenty of torque. The only other options he has installed are the trailer package and support jacks and a 4-foot bed extension, allowing him to cut logs up to 17 feet in length. He did mention that he plans to purchase the available toe board package, so that he can reposition logs on the carriage more easily.

Don Yearwood uses a canthook to rotate a log for the next cut.

Don keeps his mill set up outside, next to his garage, and covers the saw carriage when not in use.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the debossed bed rails. Rather than the traditional onepiece steel beam, these rails are sectional, with the debossed construction adding structural rigidity while saving weight. I asked Don if he had ever had any issues with this setup, and he replied that all his mills have taken everything he’s thrown at them over the years, without any issues.

With the mill fired up and Don at the controls, I noticed that it was very quiet and that it seemed to have no trouble moving through the wet, knotty pine. The Pro has a 4-function, single-action control that throttles up the engine, disengages the blade brake, engages the clutch, and turns on the bladelubrication system all in one motion. Don is a big fan of this feature, joking that at his age, he no longer has to remember to turn the water off after making a cut.


Braking the Wind
After making a few passes, Don insisted that I take a turn at the controls and I found the mill to be extremely easy to use and push through the log. In fact, the only thing that Don would change about the mill is to add a locking mechanism to the saw carriage, since it moves so easily that the wind sometimes pushes it between cuts. For the time being, Don has solved this with a simple piece of wood used as a brake. He did add that the safety features of the Pro are great, and with the standard blade brake, the safety of the operator is greatly increased.

Don loads logs onto the mill using a tractor with a loader, and typically works alone. He takes his time and works to get the absolute most out of the log, since he is normally sawing his own lumber. After all his years using Norwood products, Don is of the opinion that the LumberMate Pro is far and away the best model yet. “It’s amazing how many uses you find for it once you have one!” he says.

Don Yearwood solved his need for a sawcarriage locking mechanism by using a simple piece of wood as a brake.


Gerald Robertson’s LumberLite ML26
On another occasion, I had the opportunity to meet up with Norwood owner Gerald Robertson at his home outside of Angus, Ontario. After spending some time watching Gerald at work, it soon became apparent that ingenuity and entrepreneurship seem to be common traits among owners of portable sawmills.

Gerald had been running his sawmill as a side business for about a year at the time of my visit. An experience getting some timber from his property milled by another Norwood owner prompted him to go out and get his own mill once he saw its capability. Gerald recalls thinking, “If he’s making money with it, why can’t I?”

The day I stopped by, Gerald was doing some custom milling for a customer, sawing large white pine logs. Although he has a tractor he uses for skidding logs to the mill, he put his skills as a welder and fabricator to work in order to make loading and turning large logs easier.

Using some scrap steel and parts and an inexpensive electric winch, Gerald has installed alog-loading and turning apparatus that not only allows him to mill larger logs without the assistance of a helper, but also saves a lot of wear and tear on his body. The winch is mounted on a carriage centered above the bed of the mill. Using some 4 x 4 pieces as a ramp, he attaches a chain to the winch and uses the remote control to roll the log up onto the mill. When it comes time to turn the log, Gerald uses a steel hook attached to the winch cable to rotate the log on the deck.

Gerald Robertson loads a white pine log onto his mill using an electric winch system he built.

Gerald owns the smaller version of Norwood’s portable bandsaw mill, the LumberLite ML26. It shares many of the same features as the larger LumberMate Pro, but with a log capacity of 26 inches, versus the Pro’s 34 inches, and a maximum log length (with standard bed) of 12 feet 9 inches. Other differences include more traditional, solid-steel bed rails, and a manual shut-off valve on the water tank. Gerald says he has been very satisfied with his mill, although he has had to improvise a few times to mill some larger logs. Like Don, Gerald has added a 4-foot extension to his mill, increasing his ability to cater to his customers’ needs.

Before I left, Gerald and his longtime friend and part-time assistant, Ronald Birch, took me back to Gerald’s woodlot to show me their winter project, a log cabin built entirely from wood sourced from the property and milled on the Norwood sawmill. It was clear that
Gerald, like Don, gets a lot of enjoyment from owning and operating his mill.

The Norwood portable sawmill lineup offers a lot of choice to would-be sawyers, with the LumberMate Pro leading the way. With their knowledge and skills coupled with the right equipment, Don and Gerald will be able to continue to enjoy their mills for years to come.

Jon Marriott is a Registered Professional Forester in the province of Ontario, and has been involved in forestry and sawmilling since the age of 14. He currently lives in southern Ontario, where he works in the vegetation management industry.

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You might hear other companies claim the same thing, but be careful – Many only packagetheir mills here out of parts imported from China, Taiwan or Poland. 

Portable Sawmills take a beating – They have to handle heavy logs and cut accurate lumber in tough conditions. When the chips are down, you want a sawmill that can stand up to the challenge. Don’t trust your milling operation to an offshore import made by low-paid workers, no matter how cheap the price seems – If they can’t get the job done, they’ll cost you way more in the long run.

Norwood sawmills are built to cut hundreds of thousands, even millions, of board feet, day-in and day-out. Simply put, every Norwood is built for the long-haul.

We’re just as committed to keeping jobs at home as we are to making the best sawmills in the industry.  We’re committed to keeping families healthy and whole. We’re committed to our country. When you invest in a Norwood, you get more than a top-flight sawmill – You stand with us behind our country

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In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity.

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test

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –   

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

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Norwood began over 20 years ago with one man’s dream to build a quiet lakeside cabin.  But Norwood founder, Peter Dale, couldn’t afford the high prices at the lumber yard.  He looked at milling his own, but couldn’t believe the high prices expected by sawmill companies.

He made his decision – He would develop a portable bandmill saw that wasaccurate, reliable, easy-to-use … all at a fair price.  And so, the very first LumberMate was born.

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"Generate income or create your own building materials with a portable sawmill!"
 

This 44" diameter by 10'long oak log was salvaged from an urban tree.It is too big for conventional sawmills but will make outstanding material for slab tabletops.

Looking back at building our home in southwest Missouri, I am amazed that someone with no construction experience and limited finances would even consider such an endeavor. What I did have was a lot of energy and an abundance of oak trees in the woodlot. I just needed to convert them to lumber for the passive solar post-and-beam house I had sketched out. Fourteen foot long 8” by 8” posts were not available at the local lumberyard and even if they had been, I only would have been able to afford a couple of them a week.

With a rough idea of the design in my head and no local building codes to worry about (no one around  here would pay any attention to them anyway), I would cut down a few trees, haul them 15 miles to a local mill, help cut them, bring the lumber home, and add it to the house. That was 30 years ago. My two children, who were in diapers at the time, have grown and moved on with their own lives, and I now have two lovely grandchildren! The house still has a few unfinished places, but has sheltered us admirably through all those years, and thank goodness, continues to do so.


Band Sawmill Beginnings

As much as I enjoyed helping mill the lumber for the house, the circle mill was too dangerous and too expensive. Portable band sawmills changed all that. A local landowner was so enthusiastic about his mill that he brought it over to demonstrate it. I was hooked before the first board came off the log. The 23-horse Kohler engine was quiet, the band saw blade was safely tucked inside a housing well away from the sawyer, and the cuts were clean and smooth. Once again, boards were coming off of my trees!

I located a derelict mill that had been sitting in a pasture for several years. With a lot of repair and assistance from “Henry,” my 1953 8N Ford tractor and “Scotty,” an ’87 Chevy flatbed truck, I was in business for several years, cutting railroad ties and flooring, with the occasional custom job, until the housing downturn. Reluctantly, I mothballed the mill and took a job running a sheet metal press at a factory an hour’s drive away.

At a Tree Farm seminar, a sawyer with a small sawmill showed how he could generate more income from the walnut “scrap” left in the woods by loggers than the value of the logs they took out! Watching him transform 8-inch diameter branch wood into oval “cookies” to be sold for plaques got my attention. But when he cut open a fork in a branch to reveal the flame pattern inside, I was convinced. In a matter of minutes, he cut a piece of “scrap” wood into a three-pound chunk that was more valuable than a 300-pound railroad tie! Time for a paradigm shift.

The first step was to find a portable sawmill that was better suited to this kind of cutting. The ideal mill would have flexible clamping for odd-shaped pieces, such as forks and short logs, and have a wide enough throat to cut large logs. And I needed to be able to purchase it for less than the selling price of my old sawmill.

My Next Mate

The right support equipment makes running a sawmill much easier, but even an old farm tractor can be a valuable tool. Here, the author uses “Henry” to load a hedge log onto his mill.

The Norwood LumberMate Pro MX34 met all my criteria and had a good, solid feel to it. The lack of hydraulic log handling would require more muscle input on my part, but the simplicity of the machine and lower operating and maintenance costs were strong factors in its favor. Besides, I could use the exercise.

Manual band mills are inexpensive to operate. I have yet to go through five gallons of gas in a day’s cutting. The sawmill band blades cost around $35, and can be sharpened four or five times for $8 each, before going to the recycle pile. Unless I get into some really dirty logs or hit a nail, I generally cut between 350 and 400 board feet before taking the five minutes required to put on a fresh blade. Fuel and blades cost a total of about $78 for 1,200 board feet cut in a day. Put aside another $15 for maintenance and eventual replacement of the mill, and that comes to about 7.8 cents per board foot operating cost. Now, go to the lumberyard and ask them what 100 2” x 6” x 12’ boards would cost. Then consider the quality, and you’ll understand the economics of owning a portable sawmill.

Business & Pleasure

Sawmilling is as much a source of recreation for me as it is a business. It is still a thrill to make that first cut to find out what is inside a log. It is very much, as the great philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “…like a box of choc’lets, you never know what you’re going to get.” The roughest looking logs often have the most interesting grain patterns inside.

Even when I’m cutting wood for someone else, I occasionally stop to admire the boards. Walnut crotches, often left in the woods to rot, have a beautiful feathered grain prized for tables and gunstocks. Quarter sawn oak and sycamore have ray flecks that catch the light. Curly maple shimmers with a three-dimensional effect. Cherry, cedar, hickory, ash, and pecan all have their own special qualities. I especially like cutting unusual species like sassafras, mulberry, persimmon, and hedge (Osage orange). Even though I have more wood than I could possibly turn into furniture in my lifetime, I still set aside the best pieces.

The independence that comes from producing my own lumber is very satisfying. In addition to my house, I’ve built several sheds, and this is the year we’re going to build frames for raised bed gardens out of some hedge logs I bought from a local firewood cutter. Owning a sawmill helped forge a good relationship with my neighbors.

After 40 years, I am still a newcomer here, but they have learned that I cut good quality trailer flooring, barn siding and fencing at a reasonable cost. Every now and then one will drop off a log he thinks I might be able to use, and I’ll load his trailer with slab firewood. One even brought me a quart of wild honey from a bee tree he found.

Joplin Tornado Cleanup

A lot of my recent work has been salvaging and milling logs from trees that had blown down in the May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO tornado, just 18 miles north of my home. Some homeowners want lumber from blown-down trees in what had been their yards. Most have no way to move the logs, and the portability and quick set-up of the small portable mill has been a real asset.
    
A particularly rewarding job was milling post oak logs that grew where the Elks’ lodge had been. The logs weren’t great, and I hit several nails, but the sentimental value is immeasurable. Those boards are currently at a Joplin high school woodworking class where they will be made into furniture for the new lodge.
   
My house still needs a few finishing touches, but I have made good friends along the way. The sawmilling community is helpful and any questions generate a variety of answers. On the Internet, you get perspectives from sawyers around the world. A few of my favorite sites are norwoodsawmills.com, sawmillmag.com, woodweb.com, and forestryforum.com.

Start Your Own PORTABLE SAWMILL BIZ

CUT TO THE CHASE: An abundance of trees isn’t necessary for a sawmill business. A friend of mine has his mill located in downtown Portland, Oregon. He can either bring logs to the mill or, on big jobs, take the mill to where the logs are. This provides his woodworking business with a steady supply of quality lumber, and a stock of lumber for sale to other wood-workers. Most of his wood comes from trees that have been removed by tree services or by the city for roads and developments, and he markets to customers who like the idea of using recycled urban lumber.

WHAT TO CUT: As a general rule, I don’t cut ahead or carry inventory. I only cut on shares if I’m pretty sure I can sell my part, or have use for it myself. Still, when someone brings by a load of walnut or cedar, I’ll take my chances! I charge customers based on my time and expense. For example, if the blade runs into metal in a log, the cost of a new blade is added to the bill. Trees from yards are the worst, but even logs from the woods have hardware from old fences, deer stands, and tree houses. I even cut into an ax head one time!

INTERNET SALES: The Internet is a tremendous tool for selling lumber, as well as locating suitable logs. You might start with Craigslist or eBay and wind up creating your own website.

CUTTING COSTS: I like the fact that I can always adjust the cost of my service. Last Memorial Day, I was cutting for a customer who had served in Korea. He lamented the fact that the Korean War and the people who had served there were largely forgotten. Naturally, I gave him my half-price Memorial Day Veteran’s Discount (I’m the boss… I can do that!). I didn’t make much money that day, but I enjoyed his stories and he appreciated the recognition!

OPEN YOUR EYES: If the idea of running a sawmill appeals to you, consider having a local sawyer come over and do some cutting for you, or ask if you can observe the sawmill in action. Most will be more than glad to oblige, if they don’t see you as competition for business. Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine publishes a buyer’s guide issue, and sponsors the Great Portable Sawmill Shoot-out, in which sawmills run side-by-side. Both are available for viewing at sawmillmag.com.

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What sawyer hasn’t looked at a spectacular board and thought about using it to build a piece of custom furniture (before cutting it up for pallet lumber)? And what woodworker hasn’t dreamed of getting the first pickings off the best logs from the sawmill or selecting the logs for a project and determining how the log is cut?

Duane Slaymaker of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, lives the dream. After a five-year apprenticeship, he opened up a one-man cabinet shop in a 200-year-old tobacco-drying barn. Duane recalls the early years of his business. “I started out 24 years ago, with a table saw, drill press, router, and a band saw with a broken shaft.” He recognized that it would be a challenge to build a cabinet business in the heart of Amish country, where generations of woodworkers were already established. “Initially, my niche was unclear. I could only hope my strong work ethic, background in personal service, and attention to detail would give me the edge needed to succeed.” He now builds high-end cabinetry, custom built-ins, conference tables, and commercial desks. Over the years, he has accumulated tools that have enabled him to move into his niche, including a restored 1908 vintage, 16-inchOliver face planer that’s just a few feet away from a new, top-end Delta table saw.


The Saw
Even with the right tools, finding quality lumber was a real issue for Duane. “I’m really picky about using only top-notch lumber for my projects, and was frustrated because I could not find the quality of wood that my customers and I expect,” he recalled. “Many times I would travel to a supplier only to find the best lumber had already been picked out of the pile.” The solution was all around him. Central hardwood trees, sycamore, maple, walnut, oak, cherry, and yellow poplar were being cleared for roads and housing, or had blown down and were being cut up for firewood. While there were not enough of these trees to interest large sawmills, Duane decided that he could make use of them.

In 2001, he took what he calls “a leap of faith,” and bought a Norwood Lumbermate 2000 sawmill. According to Duane, the manual band sawmill was a good fit for his woodworking business. “It wasn’t all that expensive, and seemed like a good way to explore cutting my own lumber without risking a considerable investment.” After assembling the mill, he loaded up the first log and hoped for the best. He was delighted. “Now I know what it’s like to take that first slab off a log and see what’s inside. Some are disappointing, and some are like opening the best Christmas present,” he said. “What’s inside the log is what goes into my projects.”

Milling his own lumber has had other advantages for Duane. He says he likes the fact that he no longer relies on outside suppliers. Milling allows him to cut the lumber  for specific projects For example, when building a corporate conference table, he knows the dimensions of lumber he needs for each part, and where the best grain patterns should appear. He then cuts the log accordingly. Keeping the boards in sequence, he can book-match tabletops, match parts for grain and color, and even cut his own veneer for panels all from the same log.

An unexpected niche for Duane comes from the desire of some of his clients to have trees from their own property turned into furniture. He notes that one family eats at a table he built from a tree that had been removed because it was leaning over the house. When a customer has specific ideas for furniture, Duane can sort through his log pile or look for downed trees until he finds one that meets his needs.

On the way to his shop, he suddenly pulled over and pointed to a huge sycamore tree that had fallen when a stream bank caved in. We crawled through a barbed wire fence and walked over to it. I could see that he was already mentally quartersawing it for some future project. Duane said that if he and his neighbor can reach an agreement, logs from that sycamore will soon join the others at the mill.

 


The LumberMate is a manual mill, but Duane uses a John Deere 2020 tractor for loading the log, and the tractor forks make a handy place to stack the lumber. He sees pushing the blade through the wood by hand as an advantage. “It lets me feel how the blade is cutting. I usually slow down when going through a knot or cutting wide boards. When it takes more push than it should, I know the blade is getting dull and ready to be changed.” He pushes the mill’s 31-inch maximum-log-diameter capability by slabbing the sides of bigger logs with a chain saw. While these logs push the limit of both man and machine, he finds the results are generally well worth the effort. “You can’t just go out and buy lumber like this,” he noted as he loaded a 22-inch-wide walnut slab on the forks of his tractor. After milling, Duane air dries the lumber for three to six months, depending on the species, thickness, and the weather. When he is ready to use it, he takes it to a local Amish woodworker who has a wood-fired kiln to finish drying the wood to 6%. Other than the kiln drying, Duane has total control over every aspect of the wood from selecting the log to buffing out the final coat of varnish.

Duane starts with the tree, and takes the process all the way to the final buffing on his high-end furniture business.


The Song
“Diversity remains critical to my staying in business— at any given time, there are usually one or two aspects of my business producing cash flow,” says Duane. He has a standing order to supply yellow poplar boards for technology education programs in area schools. In addition to woodworking, he performs as a solo singer/guitar player at weddings, parties, and at some of the local watering holes. The desire for a more attractive place to set his guitar during gig breaks, led to the development of his Slay-Frame guitar stand—a folding guitar stand which he designed, patented, and now sells worldwide (www.slayframe.com). He noted that this product keeps him particularly busy around Christmastime.

Duanne’s patented Slay-Frame guitar stand is selling world-wide.

Though he has thought about expanding, Duane plans to stay a one-man business. “I like working by myself and not having to worry about what the guys will be doing if I show up late, making sure that they’re not goofing off, how I’m going to pay them, or doing all the paperwork.” He does not want to lose his personal connection with his clients. “All they have to do is call or e-mail me. No extensions, no holding while a call is being transferred. That personal touch was something I learned at a veryearly age, and I carried it through. I would risk losing that if the shop grows too much,” he explained.

The sawmill is more than just another tool to Duane. “For me, running the sawmill is therapeutic. On a nice day, I’ll go throw a log on the mill and slice it up. It gets me away from the smell of varnish or the stress of a complex glue-up, or just gives me a chance to clear
my head and enjoy the outdoors. It lets me reconnect with the wood in a way few woodworkers can. That is my passion. For me, it’s worked out better than I could have hoped.”

Dave Boyt has a BS degree in Forest Management and an MS in Wood Technology. He manages a tree farm (2006 Missouri Tree Farm of the Year), and operates a band saw sawmill.

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The portable sawmill market can be a complex and overwhelming environment, making equipment selection a daunting task. In the case of two Ontario entrepreneurs, however, the choice didn’t seem to be all that difficult, as both knew early on that they wanted to invest in a Norwood Industries portable band sawmill.
 

Using his LumberMate Pro, Don Yearwood cuts 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence.

Norwood Industries has been successfully designing and manufacturing sawmills and related equipment for over 15 years, and currently offers multiple models designed to suit the varied needs of their customers. The newest and largest mill in the lineup is the LumberMate Pro MX34, a portable bandmill designed to be both effective and simple to operate and maintain. Capable of processing logs with a diameter of 34 inches and up to 13 feet in length with the standard bed, and powered by either a 16-hp or 23-hp, twin-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine, the LumberMate Pro’s spec sheet certainly gives an impression of capability.


Don Yearwood’s LumberMate Pro
I caught up with Don Yearwood, owner of Bishop Lake Outdoors Inc. in Cloyne, Ontario, on a rainy spring morning, to find out how the mill performs in the real world. Don has quite a history with Norwood portable sawmills, having owned several different models over the last decade. After retiring from a law enforcement career of more than 30 years, and finding himself and his wife the owners of an old family homestead, Don decided that they should develop the property, which has its own private lake. Fast-forward a couple of decades and a lot of hard work later, and the property now has 75 trailer sites, a Laundromat, and an outdoor store. In order to complete this transformation, Don had to clear a lot of trees from the 96-acre parcel, and being someone who doesn’t like to see things go to waste, he made the decision to turn the trees into lumber to be used in the construction of the property.


Easy Assembly, Excellent Performance
At the time of my visit, Don hadn’t had the LumberMate Pro for more than a few months and figured he had about 40 hours on the mill. He said that running the business takes up most of his time now, so he doesn’t do much custom work anymore and focuses more on producing lumber for himself. The mill comes packed in such a way that Don and his son were able to transport it home in their short-box pickup and assemble it themselves in the garage. Don says that assembly wasn’t difficult, but that you need to have a smooth, level surface on which to work.

The day I was there, Don was milling some good-sized jack pine that had recently blown over during a storm. Rather than being bucked up for firewood, Don was cutting 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence and strapping to be used in the construction of a new building on the property.

Don’s mill is equipped with the 16-hp Briggs and Stratton engine, which he says has performed extremely well, with no starting issues and plenty of torque. The only other options he has installed are the trailer package and support jacks and a 4-foot bed extension, allowing him to cut logs up to 17 feet in length. He did mention that he plans to purchase the available toe board package, so that he can reposition logs on the carriage more easily.

Don Yearwood uses a canthook to rotate a log for the next cut.

Don keeps his mill set up outside, next to his garage, and covers the saw carriage when not in use.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the debossed bed rails. Rather than the traditional onepiece steel beam, these rails are sectional, with the debossed construction adding structural rigidity while saving weight. I asked Don if he had ever had any issues with this setup, and he replied that all his mills have taken everything he’s thrown at them over the years, without any issues.

With the mill fired up and Don at the controls, I noticed that it was very quiet and that it seemed to have no trouble moving through the wet, knotty pine. The Pro has a 4-function, single-action control that throttles up the engine, disengages the blade brake, engages the clutch, and turns on the bladelubrication system all in one motion. Don is a big fan of this feature, joking that at his age, he no longer has to remember to turn the water off after making a cut.


Braking the Wind
After making a few passes, Don insisted that I take a turn at the controls and I found the mill to be extremely easy to use and push through the log. In fact, the only thing that Don would change about the mill is to add a locking mechanism to the saw carriage, since it moves so easily that the wind sometimes pushes it between cuts. For the time being, Don has solved this with a simple piece of wood used as a brake. He did add that the safety features of the Pro are great, and with the standard blade brake, the safety of the operator is greatly increased.

Don loads logs onto the mill using a tractor with a loader, and typically works alone. He takes his time and works to get the absolute most out of the log, since he is normally sawing his own lumber. After all his years using Norwood products, Don is of the opinion that the LumberMate Pro is far and away the best model yet. “It’s amazing how many uses you find for it once you have one!” he says.

Don Yearwood solved his need for a sawcarriage locking mechanism by using a simple piece of wood as a brake.


Gerald Robertson’s LumberLite ML26
On another occasion, I had the opportunity to meet up with Norwood owner Gerald Robertson at his home outside of Angus, Ontario. After spending some time watching Gerald at work, it soon became apparent that ingenuity and entrepreneurship seem to be common traits among owners of portable sawmills.

Gerald had been running his sawmill as a side business for about a year at the time of my visit. An experience getting some timber from his property milled by another Norwood owner prompted him to go out and get his own mill once he saw its capability. Gerald recalls thinking, “If he’s making money with it, why can’t I?”

The day I stopped by, Gerald was doing some custom milling for a customer, sawing large white pine logs. Although he has a tractor he uses for skidding logs to the mill, he put his skills as a welder and fabricator to work in order to make loading and turning large logs easier.

Using some scrap steel and parts and an inexpensive electric winch, Gerald has installed alog-loading and turning apparatus that not only allows him to mill larger logs without the assistance of a helper, but also saves a lot of wear and tear on his body. The winch is mounted on a carriage centered above the bed of the mill. Using some 4 x 4 pieces as a ramp, he attaches a chain to the winch and uses the remote control to roll the log up onto the mill. When it comes time to turn the log, Gerald uses a steel hook attached to the winch cable to rotate the log on the deck.

Gerald Robertson loads a white pine log onto his mill using an electric winch system he built.

Gerald owns the smaller version of Norwood’s portable bandsaw mill, the LumberLite ML26. It shares many of the same features as the larger LumberMate Pro, but with a log capacity of 26 inches, versus the Pro’s 34 inches, and a maximum log length (with standard bed) of 12 feet 9 inches. Other differences include more traditional, solid-steel bed rails, and a manual shut-off valve on the water tank. Gerald says he has been very satisfied with his mill, although he has had to improvise a few times to mill some larger logs. Like Don, Gerald has added a 4-foot extension to his mill, increasing his ability to cater to his customers’ needs.

Before I left, Gerald and his longtime friend and part-time assistant, Ronald Birch, took me back to Gerald’s woodlot to show me their winter project, a log cabin built entirely from wood sourced from the property and milled on the Norwood sawmill. It was clear that
Gerald, like Don, gets a lot of enjoyment from owning and operating his mill.

The Norwood portable sawmill lineup offers a lot of choice to would-be sawyers, with the LumberMate Pro leading the way. With their knowledge and skills coupled with the right equipment, Don and Gerald will be able to continue to enjoy their mills for years to come.

Jon Marriott is a Registered Professional Forester in the province of Ontario, and has been involved in forestry and sawmilling since the age of 14. He currently lives in southern Ontario, where he works in the vegetation management industry.

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You might hear other companies claim the same thing, but be careful – Many only packagetheir mills here out of parts imported from China, Taiwan or Poland. 

Portable Sawmills take a beating – They have to handle heavy logs and cut accurate lumber in tough conditions. When the chips are down, you want a sawmill that can stand up to the challenge. Don’t trust your milling operation to an offshore import made by low-paid workers, no matter how cheap the price seems – If they can’t get the job done, they’ll cost you way more in the long run.

Norwood sawmills are built to cut hundreds of thousands, even millions, of board feet, day-in and day-out. Simply put, every Norwood is built for the long-haul.

We’re just as committed to keeping jobs at home as we are to making the best sawmills in the industry.  We’re committed to keeping families healthy and whole. We’re committed to our country. When you invest in a Norwood, you get more than a top-flight sawmill – You stand with us behind our country

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In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity.

No other company has more portable sawmill patents than Norwood – period. And every Norwood is quality-built in the USA & Canada. They’re designed, and built, to mill millions of board feet reliably and smoothly. Dollar for dollar, you won’t find any portable sawmill that’s more productive, or easy-to-use, than a Norwood.

Norwood Portable Sawmills – brand-name reputation you can trust.

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In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity.

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –   

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

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You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

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Norwood began over 20 years ago with one man’s dream to build a quiet lakeside cabin.  But Norwood founder, Peter Dale, couldn’t afford the high prices at the lumber yard.  He looked at milling his own, but couldn’t believe the high prices expected by sawmill companies.

He made his decision – He would develop a portable bandmill saw that wasaccurate, reliable, easy-to-use … all at a fair price.  And so, the very first LumberMate was born.

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"Generate income or create your own building materials with a portable sawmill!"
 

This 44" diameter by 10'long oak log was salvaged from an urban tree.It is too big for conventional sawmills but will make outstanding material for slab tabletops.

Looking back at building our home in southwest Missouri, I am amazed that someone with no construction experience and limited finances would even consider such an endeavor. What I did have was a lot of energy and an abundance of oak trees in the woodlot. I just needed to convert them to lumber for the passive solar post-and-beam house I had sketched out. Fourteen foot long 8” by 8” posts were not available at the local lumberyard and even if they had been, I only would have been able to afford a couple of them a week.

With a rough idea of the design in my head and no local building codes to worry about (no one around  here would pay any attention to them anyway), I would cut down a few trees, haul them 15 miles to a local mill, help cut them, bring the lumber home, and add it to the house. That was 30 years ago. My two children, who were in diapers at the time, have grown and moved on with their own lives, and I now have two lovely grandchildren! The house still has a few unfinished places, but has sheltered us admirably through all those years, and thank goodness, continues to do so.


Band Sawmill Beginnings

As much as I enjoyed helping mill the lumber for the house, the circle mill was too dangerous and too expensive. Portable band sawmills changed all that. A local landowner was so enthusiastic about his mill that he brought it over to demonstrate it. I was hooked before the first board came off the log. The 23-horse Kohler engine was quiet, the band saw blade was safely tucked inside a housing well away from the sawyer, and the cuts were clean and smooth. Once again, boards were coming off of my trees!

I located a derelict mill that had been sitting in a pasture for several years. With a lot of repair and assistance from “Henry,” my 1953 8N Ford tractor and “Scotty,” an ’87 Chevy flatbed truck, I was in business for several years, cutting railroad ties and flooring, with the occasional custom job, until the housing downturn. Reluctantly, I mothballed the mill and took a job running a sheet metal press at a factory an hour’s drive away.

At a Tree Farm seminar, a sawyer with a small sawmill showed how he could generate more income from the walnut “scrap” left in the woods by loggers than the value of the logs they took out! Watching him transform 8-inch diameter branch wood into oval “cookies” to be sold for plaques got my attention. But when he cut open a fork in a branch to reveal the flame pattern inside, I was convinced. In a matter of minutes, he cut a piece of “scrap” wood into a three-pound chunk that was more valuable than a 300-pound railroad tie! Time for a paradigm shift.

The first step was to find a portable sawmill that was better suited to this kind of cutting. The ideal mill would have flexible clamping for odd-shaped pieces, such as forks and short logs, and have a wide enough throat to cut large logs. And I needed to be able to purchase it for less than the selling price of my old sawmill.

My Next Mate

The right support equipment makes running a sawmill much easier, but even an old farm tractor can be a valuable tool. Here, the author uses “Henry” to load a hedge log onto his mill.

The Norwood LumberMate Pro MX34 met all my criteria and had a good, solid feel to it. The lack of hydraulic log handling would require more muscle input on my part, but the simplicity of the machine and lower operating and maintenance costs were strong factors in its favor. Besides, I could use the exercise.

Manual band mills are inexpensive to operate. I have yet to go through five gallons of gas in a day’s cutting. The sawmill band blades cost around $35, and can be sharpened four or five times for $8 each, before going to the recycle pile. Unless I get into some really dirty logs or hit a nail, I generally cut between 350 and 400 board feet before taking the five minutes required to put on a fresh blade. Fuel and blades cost a total of about $78 for 1,200 board feet cut in a day. Put aside another $15 for maintenance and eventual replacement of the mill, and that comes to about 7.8 cents per board foot operating cost. Now, go to the lumberyard and ask them what 100 2” x 6” x 12’ boards would cost. Then consider the quality, and you’ll understand the economics of owning a portable sawmill.

Business & Pleasure

Sawmilling is as much a source of recreation for me as it is a business. It is still a thrill to make that first cut to find out what is inside a log. It is very much, as the great philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “…like a box of choc’lets, you never know what you’re going to get.” The roughest looking logs often have the most interesting grain patterns inside.

Even when I’m cutting wood for someone else, I occasionally stop to admire the boards. Walnut crotches, often left in the woods to rot, have a beautiful feathered grain prized for tables and gunstocks. Quarter sawn oak and sycamore have ray flecks that catch the light. Curly maple shimmers with a three-dimensional effect. Cherry, cedar, hickory, ash, and pecan all have their own special qualities. I especially like cutting unusual species like sassafras, mulberry, persimmon, and hedge (Osage orange). Even though I have more wood than I could possibly turn into furniture in my lifetime, I still set aside the best pieces.

The independence that comes from producing my own lumber is very satisfying. In addition to my house, I’ve built several sheds, and this is the year we’re going to build frames for raised bed gardens out of some hedge logs I bought from a local firewood cutter. Owning a sawmill helped forge a good relationship with my neighbors.

After 40 years, I am still a newcomer here, but they have learned that I cut good quality trailer flooring, barn siding and fencing at a reasonable cost. Every now and then one will drop off a log he thinks I might be able to use, and I’ll load his trailer with slab firewood. One even brought me a quart of wild honey from a bee tree he found.

Joplin Tornado Cleanup

A lot of my recent work has been salvaging and milling logs from trees that had blown down in the May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO tornado, just 18 miles north of my home. Some homeowners want lumber from blown-down trees in what had been their yards. Most have no way to move the logs, and the portability and quick set-up of the small portable mill has been a real asset.
    
A particularly rewarding job was milling post oak logs that grew where the Elks’ lodge had been. The logs weren’t great, and I hit several nails, but the sentimental value is immeasurable. Those boards are currently at a Joplin high school woodworking class where they will be made into furniture for the new lodge.
   
My house still needs a few finishing touches, but I have made good friends along the way. The sawmilling community is helpful and any questions generate a variety of answers. On the Internet, you get perspectives from sawyers around the world. A few of my favorite sites are norwoodsawmills.com, sawmillmag.com, woodweb.com, and forestryforum.com.

Start Your Own PORTABLE SAWMILL BIZ

CUT TO THE CHASE: An abundance of trees isn’t necessary for a sawmill business. A friend of mine has his mill located in downtown Portland, Oregon. He can either bring logs to the mill or, on big jobs, take the mill to where the logs are. This provides his woodworking business with a steady supply of quality lumber, and a stock of lumber for sale to other wood-workers. Most of his wood comes from trees that have been removed by tree services or by the city for roads and developments, and he markets to customers who like the idea of using recycled urban lumber.

WHAT TO CUT: As a general rule, I don’t cut ahead or carry inventory. I only cut on shares if I’m pretty sure I can sell my part, or have use for it myself. Still, when someone brings by a load of walnut or cedar, I’ll take my chances! I charge customers based on my time and expense. For example, if the blade runs into metal in a log, the cost of a new blade is added to the bill. Trees from yards are the worst, but even logs from the woods have hardware from old fences, deer stands, and tree houses. I even cut into an ax head one time!

INTERNET SALES: The Internet is a tremendous tool for selling lumber, as well as locating suitable logs. You might start with Craigslist or eBay and wind up creating your own website.

CUTTING COSTS: I like the fact that I can always adjust the cost of my service. Last Memorial Day, I was cutting for a customer who had served in Korea. He lamented the fact that the Korean War and the people who had served there were largely forgotten. Naturally, I gave him my half-price Memorial Day Veteran’s Discount (I’m the boss… I can do that!). I didn’t make much money that day, but I enjoyed his stories and he appreciated the recognition!

OPEN YOUR EYES: If the idea of running a sawmill appeals to you, consider having a local sawyer come over and do some cutting for you, or ask if you can observe the sawmill in action. Most will be more than glad to oblige, if they don’t see you as competition for business. Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine publishes a buyer’s guide issue, and sponsors the Great Portable Sawmill Shoot-out, in which sawmills run side-by-side. Both are available for viewing at sawmillmag.com.

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What sawyer hasn’t looked at a spectacular board and thought about using it to build a piece of custom furniture (before cutting it up for pallet lumber)? And what woodworker hasn’t dreamed of getting the first pickings off the best logs from the sawmill or selecting the logs for a project and determining how the log is cut?

Duane Slaymaker of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, lives the dream. After a five-year apprenticeship, he opened up a one-man cabinet shop in a 200-year-old tobacco-drying barn. Duane recalls the early years of his business. “I started out 24 years ago, with a table saw, drill press, router, and a band saw with a broken shaft.” He recognized that it would be a challenge to build a cabinet business in the heart of Amish country, where generations of woodworkers were already established. “Initially, my niche was unclear. I could only hope my strong work ethic, background in personal service, and attention to detail would give me the edge needed to succeed.” He now builds high-end cabinetry, custom built-ins, conference tables, and commercial desks. Over the years, he has accumulated tools that have enabled him to move into his niche, including a restored 1908 vintage, 16-inchOliver face planer that’s just a few feet away from a new, top-end Delta table saw.


The Saw
Even with the right tools, finding quality lumber was a real issue for Duane. “I’m really picky about using only top-notch lumber for my projects, and was frustrated because I could not find the quality of wood that my customers and I expect,” he recalled. “Many times I would travel to a supplier only to find the best lumber had already been picked out of the pile.” The solution was all around him. Central hardwood trees, sycamore, maple, walnut, oak, cherry, and yellow poplar were being cleared for roads and housing, or had blown down and were being cut up for firewood. While there were not enough of these trees to interest large sawmills, Duane decided that he could make use of them.

In 2001, he took what he calls “a leap of faith,” and bought a Norwood Lumbermate 2000 sawmill. According to Duane, the manual band sawmill was a good fit for his woodworking business. “It wasn’t all that expensive, and seemed like a good way to explore cutting my own lumber without risking a considerable investment.” After assembling the mill, he loaded up the first log and hoped for the best. He was delighted. “Now I know what it’s like to take that first slab off a log and see what’s inside. Some are disappointing, and some are like opening the best Christmas present,” he said. “What’s inside the log is what goes into my projects.”

Milling his own lumber has had other advantages for Duane. He says he likes the fact that he no longer relies on outside suppliers. Milling allows him to cut the lumber  for specific projects For example, when building a corporate conference table, he knows the dimensions of lumber he needs for each part, and where the best grain patterns should appear. He then cuts the log accordingly. Keeping the boards in sequence, he can book-match tabletops, match parts for grain and color, and even cut his own veneer for panels all from the same log.

An unexpected niche for Duane comes from the desire of some of his clients to have trees from their own property turned into furniture. He notes that one family eats at a table he built from a tree that had been removed because it was leaning over the house. When a customer has specific ideas for furniture, Duane can sort through his log pile or look for downed trees until he finds one that meets his needs.

On the way to his shop, he suddenly pulled over and pointed to a huge sycamore tree that had fallen when a stream bank caved in. We crawled through a barbed wire fence and walked over to it. I could see that he was already mentally quartersawing it for some future project. Duane said that if he and his neighbor can reach an agreement, logs from that sycamore will soon join the others at the mill.

 


The LumberMate is a manual mill, but Duane uses a John Deere 2020 tractor for loading the log, and the tractor forks make a handy place to stack the lumber. He sees pushing the blade through the wood by hand as an advantage. “It lets me feel how the blade is cutting. I usually slow down when going through a knot or cutting wide boards. When it takes more push than it should, I know the blade is getting dull and ready to be changed.” He pushes the mill’s 31-inch maximum-log-diameter capability by slabbing the sides of bigger logs with a chain saw. While these logs push the limit of both man and machine, he finds the results are generally well worth the effort. “You can’t just go out and buy lumber like this,” he noted as he loaded a 22-inch-wide walnut slab on the forks of his tractor. After milling, Duane air dries the lumber for three to six months, depending on the species, thickness, and the weather. When he is ready to use it, he takes it to a local Amish woodworker who has a wood-fired kiln to finish drying the wood to 6%. Other than the kiln drying, Duane has total control over every aspect of the wood from selecting the log to buffing out the final coat of varnish.

Duane starts with the tree, and takes the process all the way to the final buffing on his high-end furniture business.


The Song
“Diversity remains critical to my staying in business— at any given time, there are usually one or two aspects of my business producing cash flow,” says Duane. He has a standing order to supply yellow poplar boards for technology education programs in area schools. In addition to woodworking, he performs as a solo singer/guitar player at weddings, parties, and at some of the local watering holes. The desire for a more attractive place to set his guitar during gig breaks, led to the development of his Slay-Frame guitar stand—a folding guitar stand which he designed, patented, and now sells worldwide (www.slayframe.com). He noted that this product keeps him particularly busy around Christmastime.

Duanne’s patented Slay-Frame guitar stand is selling world-wide.

Though he has thought about expanding, Duane plans to stay a one-man business. “I like working by myself and not having to worry about what the guys will be doing if I show up late, making sure that they’re not goofing off, how I’m going to pay them, or doing all the paperwork.” He does not want to lose his personal connection with his clients. “All they have to do is call or e-mail me. No extensions, no holding while a call is being transferred. That personal touch was something I learned at a veryearly age, and I carried it through. I would risk losing that if the shop grows too much,” he explained.

The sawmill is more than just another tool to Duane. “For me, running the sawmill is therapeutic. On a nice day, I’ll go throw a log on the mill and slice it up. It gets me away from the smell of varnish or the stress of a complex glue-up, or just gives me a chance to clear
my head and enjoy the outdoors. It lets me reconnect with the wood in a way few woodworkers can. That is my passion. For me, it’s worked out better than I could have hoped.”

Dave Boyt has a BS degree in Forest Management and an MS in Wood Technology. He manages a tree farm (2006 Missouri Tree Farm of the Year), and operates a band saw sawmill.

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The portable sawmill market can be a complex and overwhelming environment, making equipment selection a daunting task. In the case of two Ontario entrepreneurs, however, the choice didn’t seem to be all that difficult, as both knew early on that they wanted to invest in a Norwood Industries portable band sawmill.
 

Using his LumberMate Pro, Don Yearwood cuts 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence.

Norwood Industries has been successfully designing and manufacturing sawmills and related equipment for over 15 years, and currently offers multiple models designed to suit the varied needs of their customers. The newest and largest mill in the lineup is the LumberMate Pro MX34, a portable bandmill designed to be both effective and simple to operate and maintain. Capable of processing logs with a diameter of 34 inches and up to 13 feet in length with the standard bed, and powered by either a 16-hp or 23-hp, twin-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine, the LumberMate Pro’s spec sheet certainly gives an impression of capability.


Don Yearwood’s LumberMate Pro
I caught up with Don Yearwood, owner of Bishop Lake Outdoors Inc. in Cloyne, Ontario, on a rainy spring morning, to find out how the mill performs in the real world. Don has quite a history with Norwood portable sawmills, having owned several different models over the last decade. After retiring from a law enforcement career of more than 30 years, and finding himself and his wife the owners of an old family homestead, Don decided that they should develop the property, which has its own private lake. Fast-forward a couple of decades and a lot of hard work later, and the property now has 75 trailer sites, a Laundromat, and an outdoor store. In order to complete this transformation, Don had to clear a lot of trees from the 96-acre parcel, and being someone who doesn’t like to see things go to waste, he made the decision to turn the trees into lumber to be used in the construction of the property.


Easy Assembly, Excellent Performance
At the time of my visit, Don hadn’t had the LumberMate Pro for more than a few months and figured he had about 40 hours on the mill. He said that running the business takes up most of his time now, so he doesn’t do much custom work anymore and focuses more on producing lumber for himself. The mill comes packed in such a way that Don and his son were able to transport it home in their short-box pickup and assemble it themselves in the garage. Don says that assembly wasn’t difficult, but that you need to have a smooth, level surface on which to work.

The day I was there, Don was milling some good-sized jack pine that had recently blown over during a storm. Rather than being bucked up for firewood, Don was cutting 1 x 8 boards for a privacy fence and strapping to be used in the construction of a new building on the property.

Don’s mill is equipped with the 16-hp Briggs and Stratton engine, which he says has performed extremely well, with no starting issues and plenty of torque. The only other options he has installed are the trailer package and support jacks and a 4-foot bed extension, allowing him to cut logs up to 17 feet in length. He did mention that he plans to purchase the available toe board package, so that he can reposition logs on the carriage more easily.

Don Yearwood uses a canthook to rotate a log for the next cut.

Don keeps his mill set up outside, next to his garage, and covers the saw carriage when not in use.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the debossed bed rails. Rather than the traditional onepiece steel beam, these rails are sectional, with the debossed construction adding structural rigidity while saving weight. I asked Don if he had ever had any issues with this setup, and he replied that all his mills have taken everything he’s thrown at them over the years, without any issues.

With the mill fired up and Don at the controls, I noticed that it was very quiet and that it seemed to have no trouble moving through the wet, knotty pine. The Pro has a 4-function, single-action control that throttles up the engine, disengages the blade brake, engages the clutch, and turns on the bladelubrication system all in one motion. Don is a big fan of this feature, joking that at his age, he no longer has to remember to turn the water off after making a cut.


Braking the Wind
After making a few passes, Don insisted that I take a turn at the controls and I found the mill to be extremely easy to use and push through the log. In fact, the only thing that Don would change about the mill is to add a locking mechanism to the saw carriage, since it moves so easily that the wind sometimes pushes it between cuts. For the time being, Don has solved this with a simple piece of wood used as a brake. He did add that the safety features of the Pro are great, and with the standard blade brake, the safety of the operator is greatly increased.

Don loads logs onto the mill using a tractor with a loader, and typically works alone. He takes his time and works to get the absolute most out of the log, since he is normally sawing his own lumber. After all his years using Norwood products, Don is of the opinion that the LumberMate Pro is far and away the best model yet. “It’s amazing how many uses you find for it once you have one!” he says.

Don Yearwood solved his need for a sawcarriage locking mechanism by using a simple piece of wood as a brake.


Gerald Robertson’s LumberLite ML26
On another occasion, I had the opportunity to meet up with Norwood owner Gerald Robertson at his home outside of Angus, Ontario. After spending some time watching Gerald at work, it soon became apparent that ingenuity and entrepreneurship seem to be common traits among owners of portable sawmills.

Gerald had been running his sawmill as a side business for about a year at the time of my visit. An experience getting some timber from his property milled by another Norwood owner prompted him to go out and get his own mill once he saw its capability. Gerald recalls thinking, “If he’s making money with it, why can’t I?”

The day I stopped by, Gerald was doing some custom milling for a customer, sawing large white pine logs. Although he has a tractor he uses for skidding logs to the mill, he put his skills as a welder and fabricator to work in order to make loading and turning large logs easier.

Using some scrap steel and parts and an inexpensive electric winch, Gerald has installed alog-loading and turning apparatus that not only allows him to mill larger logs without the assistance of a helper, but also saves a lot of wear and tear on his body. The winch is mounted on a carriage centered above the bed of the mill. Using some 4 x 4 pieces as a ramp, he attaches a chain to the winch and uses the remote control to roll the log up onto the mill. When it comes time to turn the log, Gerald uses a steel hook attached to the winch cable to rotate the log on the deck.

Gerald Robertson loads a white pine log onto his mill using an electric winch system he built.

Gerald owns the smaller version of Norwood’s portable bandsaw mill, the LumberLite ML26. It shares many of the same features as the larger LumberMate Pro, but with a log capacity of 26 inches, versus the Pro’s 34 inches, and a maximum log length (with standard bed) of 12 feet 9 inches. Other differences include more traditional, solid-steel bed rails, and a manual shut-off valve on the water tank. Gerald says he has been very satisfied with his mill, although he has had to improvise a few times to mill some larger logs. Like Don, Gerald has added a 4-foot extension to his mill, increasing his ability to cater to his customers’ needs.

Before I left, Gerald and his longtime friend and part-time assistant, Ronald Birch, took me back to Gerald’s woodlot to show me their winter project, a log cabin built entirely from wood sourced from the property and milled on the Norwood sawmill. It was clear that
Gerald, like Don, gets a lot of enjoyment from owning and operating his mill.

The Norwood portable sawmill lineup offers a lot of choice to would-be sawyers, with the LumberMate Pro leading the way. With their knowledge and skills coupled with the right equipment, Don and Gerald will be able to continue to enjoy their mills for years to come.

Jon Marriott is a Registered Professional Forester in the province of Ontario, and has been involved in forestry and sawmilling since the age of 14. He currently lives in southern Ontario, where he works in the vegetation management industry.

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When you invest in a Norwood, you can be sure it was quality-built in the U.S.A. and Canada. Every component of every Norwood sawmill is made of top-quality steel by highly-trained, highly-skilled operators with cutting-edge fabrication and machining technologies.

You might hear other companies claim the same thing, but be careful – Many only packagetheir mills here out of parts imported from China, Taiwan or Poland. 

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Norwood sawmills are built to cut hundreds of thousands, even millions, of board feet, day-in and day-out. Simply put, every Norwood is built for the long-haul.

We’re just as committed to keeping jobs at home as we are to making the best sawmills in the industry.  We’re committed to keeping families healthy and whole. We’re committed to our country. When you invest in a Norwood, you get more than a top-flight sawmill – You stand with us behind our country

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When you invest in a Norwood, you can be sure it was quality-built in the U.S.A. and Canada. Every component of every Norwood sawmill is made of top-quality steel by highly-trained, highly-skilled operators with cutting-edge fabrication and machining technologies.

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In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity.

No other company has more portable sawmill patents than Norwood – period. And every Norwood is quality-built in the USA & Canada. They’re designed, and built, to mill millions of board feet reliably and smoothly. Dollar for dollar, you won’t find any portable sawmill that’s more productive, or easy-to-use, than a Norwood.

Norwood Portable Sawmills – brand-name reputation you can trust.

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In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity.

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