I have been thinking of building a small band sawmill for about a year or more and finally decided to make one. I built a bandsaw from Mathias at woodgears and love it. So I decided to use the same design but modify it to cut horizontally. It will only be used for small logs 6 feet long and no bigger than 28 inches in diameter.
It needs to break down easily for transport to my dads and back. I like the lumber smith saw so I think I will make it similar. http://www.lumbersmith.com/
The frame is made from scrap 2×6 lumber. It has 5 layers glued with right wheel mount mortised in.
The wheel mounts are made from ash and maple. They are a split design with axle hole routered on each side. This way it is easier to get axle straight. Axles are then held in place with 1/4” lag bolts.
The wheels are 13” and are three layers of 11mm ply glued together. If the bearings fail I plan on making new wheels with trailer bearings and hub with a stub axle.
The motor mount is made so I can easily remove it when I need to take it from one area to another. Or from my dad’s place to mine.
I managed to get it put together today to test the fit of the blade and the tracking. Everything works perfectly. Still no power but that will come in time. The blade is from R & D bandsaws and is called a ripper37 with 1.3 tpi. http://www.tufftooth.com/
Next is the gantry to allow me to raise and lower it.