Is it worth owning a sawmill?

Is it worth owning a sawmill?

Taking the time to maintain and protect your sawmill is worth it. ... If you are looking to build for yourselves, the sawmill will quickly pay for itself once you start looking at the cost of wood at lumber/hardware stores and comparing it to what you are cutting.

Is milling your own wood worth it?

The spirit might be willing, but milling your own lumber is an expensive, time consuming and often frustrating process. On the other hand, it can be a personally rewarding, potentially profitable endeavor - the logical link between a downed tree and your workshop.

Can I mill my own wood?

It's surprisingly easy to mill short, small logs into furniture-grade boards in your workshop, all without special equipment. Dry this wood properly and you're ready to joint, plane and cut material into parts for small projects.

Can you mill your own lumber?

Milling your own lumber can produce quality material for a fraction of the price of a lumber dealer. In fact, if you purchase your own mill, like I have, you can actually make a profit off of it by selling lumber to other woodworkers and by offering to mill other people's logs.

Is a portable saw mill profitable?

A portable sawmill can be worth the investment. It can provide a source of wood for your own projects and give you a side business. For a source of lumber, as well as a profitable business, a portable sawmill can be a key piece of equipment on your farm.

Do logs have to dry before milling?

Lumber does not dry properly "in the log", only "in the board". Leave your logs standing as trees until you need them, and then get them milled and stickered quickly. One caveat; if you want spalted lumber you need to let the logs sit for a while - usually through at least one hot summer.

Do you need to cover wood when seasoning?

Ideally, firewood should remain uncovered so it can be properly dried, but this is not practical when rain, snow and ice can quickly coat winter firewood. A good cover over the top of your woodpile will protect it, and be sure the cover is slanted to shed moisture away from the pile's base.

Should I cover my wood pile with a tarp?

Should you cover a woodpile? Above: If a wood stack is out in the open then it can be protected from rain with a tarpaulin or some other cover but this should never come down over the side of the pile because it would trap moisture, as well as potentially causing mold and rot.

How do you keep wood from rotting?

Position a tarp or plastic sheeting so it blankets the top of the stack and extends a few inches down the sides. Keep the sides mostly exposed to air. If you completely cover a wood pile, the cover retains moisture, which the wood absorbs, making seasoned firewood burn like green wood.

What do you put on wood to seal it?

There are three surefire ways to waterproof your wood for years to come.

  1. Use linseed or Tung oil to create a beautiful and protective hand-rubbed finish.
  2. Seal the wood with coating of polyurethane, varnish, or lacquer.
  3. Finish and waterproof wood simultaneously with a stain-sealant combo.