One of the basic components to sawmills is the drip tank, aka the lube tank. It provides water (or other mixture) that drips onto the blade while slicing through the wood. In essence, it lubricates and helps cool the blade; the lube makes it easier on the engine pulling the blade through the wood and the cooling helps keep the blade in better condition.
As you can imagine, you have to have quite a few bandsaw blades on hand if you plan to run a saw mill. We estimate we get 300 – 500 board feet of lumber cut when the blade starts getting dull.
Here is a picture of Jim changing the blade on the sawmill from last summer. Oh yeah, I remember summer…
One of the services I will be providing in the coming months for other sawyers is to sharpen bandsaw blades. There are two primary bits of equipment to perform that task, a ‘setter’ and a ‘sharpener’.
Annnndddd the poplar logs are done! About 93 logs and we got enough to board and batten the 40ft shipping container as well as these 5 crates of 1″ boards and one tall crate of bigger boards ( mostly 2×10’s, 2×12’s).
Diary of a sawyer (newbie stage)
I have been trying out some different band saw mill blades this past month. The blade on the bottom having already gone through the mill, past due for sharpening, the result of this newbie sawyer not knowing when to stop and change the blade. The top blade is a different brand, new out of the box and ready to start cutting.
I got some balsam poplar logs in the yard this week. I’m going to mill up most of it for lumber but I might try a few other projects with it. Has anybody used it for woodworking projects?
Cleaning up a 8ft pine that features blue staining (blue denim) and a lot of character along the perimeter of the log. Bugs be doing what bugs do when a log is on the ground for a couple months.
I have a couple 12 inch diameter Trembling Aspen logs in the yard. Today I took some time to cut some different thicknesses, just to see what it looks like and how well the mill cuts aspen. It did a good job milling down to 1/8 inch thickness. Continue reading