Woodworkers are always on the lookout for unusual wood for their projects and will likely stop by from time-to-time just to see what you have new in your stacks of wood. A sawmill gives you access to quality and species of wood, which would otherwise be unavailable. Quarter-sawn sycamore, for example, has a beautiful pattern and sells at a premium as “American lacewood”.
Commercial sawmills can’t take time to cut odd species to sell to specialty markets and wide flitch cuts are out of the question for them. Flitch cut walnut crotches have a unique feather grain highly desirable for gun stocks and furniture.
There is no need to bet the farm on a sawmill business.
You can start small and run the bandsaw mill as a hobby or to provide lumber for your own building and woodworking projects.
With a good business plan and a willingness to work hard, you can build a thriving business. Whether your children just hand you nuts and bolts or are old enough to help read and interpret instructions, it can be a good personal and learning experience.
Milling lumber is a great way for the family to work together, develop a work ethic and learn about mechanical systems.
Of course you can still turn the logs with a cant hook to keep those biceps in shape.
Woodlore LLC is an environmentally conscious business which salvages local trees that have fallen from storms and urbanization.
Loading and turning logs, cranking the head height, pushing the blade through the log and offbearing exercise the core muscles, plus a few you probably didn’t even know you had!
If you are producing a lot of lumber and want to give those muscles a rest, some bandmills offer hydraulic log handling options to ease the workload. For less money than many people spend on golf clubs, a fishing boat, hunting supplies, or ATVs, you can own a personal portable sawmill and have the satisfaction of producing your own lumber for fun and profit.