Bandsaw Mill for Lumber production

factory made mills can cost 1000s of $. These mills can make great valuable lumber from what otherwise might be firewood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQT4meL1L-Q
This one seems to be an adaptation of an existing bandsaw.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQT4meL1L-Q
Several videos show machines with car or trailer tires.

Although I've used bandsaws, belt sanders etc quite a bit, how they track the blade or belt remains a bit of a mystery to me.

How can such mills be made at home? I found an -ible for a _CHAIN_saw mill, but I'm thinking of a BANDsaw mill.

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suependous2 years ago

The guy who did it made a 14" and a 16".For serious lumber production, a greater working height is needed. Any ideas on how to adapt some of what's available for a larger size mill?

blkhawk3 years ago

Check woodgears.ca for more ideas on band saw mills.

There are some BANDmill projects out there, you can pay a nominal fee for a set of plans. Using car tyres tends to get you an automatically crowned support for the band that is self-centering. The ones I downloaded slides over the log on roller guides mounted on Angle section steel.

This guy did it!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU-Gykz2ADY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpI-NMNUQwI

There is two videos...

boatpuller3 years ago

They track the blade because the wheels are slightly domed, which tends to center the blade on the wheel. I've seen a wooden band saw in a wood magazine before, so you might search for that article to get some ideas.

On the you tube video you posted, I didn't see the man insert a wedge into the kerf(sp?) to support the wood during the cut. It looks like his blade was binding near the end.

caitlinsdad3 years ago

http://www.hnsa.org/doc/pdf/bandsaw.pdf probably more than you want to know on bandsaws

Seems like you can mount a gas powered bandsaw laying down sideways to a dolly or cart on a set of fixed rails. You can adjust the height of the blade by adjusting the position of the bandsaw on its carrier frame. You saw by pushing the unit to cut into the wood instead of feeding the wood into the blade like a table saw. Look at camera dolley/glide systems to build the rails, use casters or skate wheels.