My homemade sawmill

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Project by dozer326 posted 01-27-2010 12:00 AM 31913 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this thing because I couldn’t see paying $15 a bd ft for something that grows all around me. SO instead, I spent way more on building a sawmill. hahaha. Here’s a link to the video:

I made a lot of mistakes while doing this, I continue to make mistakes, and kinda have fun making them. That’s the best part! The wood is mesquite and obtaining a 30” diameter tree is rather rare. The mill has a winch that propels it down the rack but it moves too fast for a log this large, hence why I am pushing it by hand. Oh yeah, almost forgot to clarify this before you critique my welding. This was my first time I had welded anything.

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 12:05 AM

Well it’s no small project, and congrats on your making it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 12:19 AM

Congrats on building such a machine… I’m totally jealous.. I have 1 3/4 logs of fir in my back yard but can’t get them milled. Looking forward to seeing your video on how you put this thing together… thanks for sharing…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 12:34 AM

Looks like she works…I’d think real hard about a guard/sheet metal housing to contain the band blade when you break one (and you will). Those things fly off there about 200 miles an hour…and yours is about neck high. Scares the crap out of me when I break a band and it comes rocketing out of the dust shoot, even ankle high.

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 12:37 AM

Wow neat, I have a couple of logs to cut as well. For a couple though I am not willing to store a trailer. LOL Looks great though.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 12:40 AM

In the true American spirit ! A mean machine and a fantastic result !

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 01:35 AM

Hey Daren, you may not remember but I emailed you a few times last summer when I was buliding this. You were a great help and I actually included you and your website in a paper for one of my classes last semester. Yes I agree with the guards, especially when I have the carriage raised to about 30” making that first top cut. If my calculations are correct, I’m going at about a 56 mph blade speed. Still enough to take off a body part. Thank you all for the compliments.

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#7 posted 01-27-2010 02:01 AM

Thats one cool money making machine I can see why its your Pride & Joy !!! I wouldn’t even know where to start building something like this . I like that its on a trailer also .

Very cool indeed!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 01-27-2010 02:06 AM

Nice work, I sense that you will be starting a side business soon. First a couple friends will need something cut, then before you know it…....retired and sitting on piles of cash:)

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#9 posted 01-27-2010 02:19 AM

Looks great That’s the good old go for it spirt.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 01-27-2010 02:29 AM

Looks good and it works that is all that counts, except for safety I agree with Darren. My partner and I own a couple of sawmills one of which is a Poulsen bandmill that runs 6” double cut blades with a 50 H.P. electric motor. It is heavily guarded and we can cut up to 40’ in length with a 36” diameter cap. Be careful and good job.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#11 posted 01-27-2010 02:35 AM

Awesome job! My son has built two portables, but he’s gonna love this baby. Anyway you can post a few more up close pics? Great job!

-- Dale in Bellevue, NE

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#12 posted 01-27-2010 03:03 AM

Nothing like a good ol’ mesquite sawmill. If you are passionate about what you do and believe you can do it, great things can happen. I’ve seen the sawmill in person and I can tell you its the real deal. If everyone was smart they would buy stock in this guy, he is going to take over the mesquite market.

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#13 posted 01-27-2010 06:10 AM

Very impressive. Great job.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#14 posted 01-27-2010 08:02 AM

all i can say is that I jealous…. nice job

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#15 posted 01-27-2010 02:21 PM

Hay, I have a Corley 385 for sale. Cheep…. Seriously good job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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