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"tims traveling sawmill"


Our Milling Services

Custom portable lumber milling is what we do. We bring the sawmill to your site, set it up near your logs, load your logs onto the mill and position them for sawing using the mill's on-board hydraulics, and saw them into boards or beams based on your requirements.

All saw mills, including ours, produce rough sawn lumber. The saw blade leaves a pattern of marks on the lumber. Band saw mills like ours leave far less scarring on the surface of the wood than circular saws, but some planing and sanding would still be necessary for projects requiring smooth surfaces.  For framing, joists, fencing, and many other projects, the lumber may be used straight off our mill.

Common sawing approaches we provide include:

Quarter Sawing: intended to maximize the amount of lumber produced with a vertical grain. It is generally not recommended for logs under 22 inches in diameter because it produces narrower boards than other techniques. The appearance of quarter sawn lumber is often preferred, especially in oak. Lumber produced is random width.
Grade Sawing: used to maximize the amount of lumber produced without knots or other defects. After a rectangular cant is created, it is turned as needed so that boards are always taken from the face that will produce the highest grade lumber. Lumber produced is random width.
Dimensional Sawing: produces lumber of a desired thickness and width, e.g., 1x8, 2x4, 8x12 etc. This would normally be done when the lumber is to be used in construction, rather than furniture. Dimensions can be the true nominal size, or can be a smaller actual size when appropriate to better match material purchased at a lumber yard or home center.

While the mill's hydraulic features assist with loading logs onto the mill, removing waste (slabs) and lumber from the mill requires manual labor. 

When the job is done, you will have a stack of lumber cut to meet your requirements. You will also have a pile of slabs and some sawdust.