Part of my long term plan is to make molding (from lumber I've milled and dried from naturally felled trees in the forest land I'm saving up for). Would a swing blade mill be better for this due to the increased quartersawn yield (as opposed to a band mill)?
I believe the thinner kerf of a bandsaw could theoretically get the most lumber from a log, however you choose to orient the grain. Which style mill is best for you would likely depend on other things, like whether or not you can muscle around large, heavy logs, or if you may also do large planks (like countertops).
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Jordan Holland wrote:
...muscle around large, heavy logs, or if you may also do large planks (like countertops).
I would strongly suggest you invest in all the safety gear, plenty of chain and a peavey is a must. Two is better. I can man handle a large log onto my sawmill deck with one in each hand fairly easily. I have a homemade bandsaw style.
I think I can do up to 32" timber, maybe a tad more, 12' long. I get help with these sized logs, they'll kill you! With one that large I just cut live edge, but I like to keep them under 30" and over 18".
Right behind my property is a stand of yellow pine that are straight and tall. There's not enough to get a cutting crew in to do, but more than enough for my needs. I swap lumber for timber to the owner.
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