Turning your bandsaw into a sawmill is just one more awesome use for that band saw. Sometimes it is very difficult to find nice wood at the lumber yard for a special woodworking project. Well, now you can get this wood which otherwise may have been firewood.
In turning your bandsaw into a sawmill, you will have to make a simple bracket to support the log being cut. This is simply two pieces of 3/4″ wood nailed together at 90 deg to act as an outrigger for the log preventing from rolling from side to side. The log is secured to the outrigger using long screws.
The logs will cut easier if the log is still green and using a wide blade on your band saw.
When cutting the log you first cut the log lengthwise in half. This will now give you a flat surface to continue cutting slabs from this log. Also once the log is cut in half, you will clearly be able to see the kind of grain this log has produced.
You will want to remove the log from the outrigger and turn it 1/4 turn to give you two flat surfaces. Once this is done, using the fence on your band saw, you can proceed to cut the slabs from the log. Adjust the fence to the thickness you want the slabs.
While cutting the slabs you will want to pay attention to the grain in the wood and mark your book match pieces to use in unique projects.
Every log has its own character which makes it fun not knowing what the next log will bring.
Enjoy making your personal sawmill and cutting your own wood.