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  1. How to Mill Imperfect Logs

    How to Mill Imperfect Logs
    If you mill for profit, getting the best ‘bang for your buck’ means knowing how to mill all kinds of logs with your portable sawmill. While larger scale sawmills will always desire pin straight [boring] logs, your niche can be turning these logs that might otherwise be discarded into beautiful planks & boards that are more interesting to the woodworking market. If you’re milling strictly for your personal use, you probably already know that... 
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  2. 3 Reasons Why Your Lumber Isn't Straight

    3 Reasons Why Your Lumber Isn't Straight

    Processing your logs into boards can dramatically increase their value…if they come out & stay straight! This isn’t always as easy as it sounds -- wood is an extremely complex material to work with—however for the majority of the time, it is one of three things that is causing your lumber to come out warped, cupped, or flared. Here are 3 common causes of less than perfect lumber & how to...

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  3. Sawyer Wisdom: Wise Words from Seasoned Sawyers to Those Just Starting Out with a Portable Sawmill

    Sawyer Wisdom: Wise Words from Seasoned Sawyers to Those Just Starting Out with a Portable Sawmill

    Wisdom is the reward of experience, and it should be shared. Maybe even moreso than putting hundreds of hours on your sawmill, time spent learning from other sawyers may be the best way to take your milling from experienced to professional calibre. We believe in this so much, that we created the Norwood Connect forum over 10 years ago to cultivate a community of sawyers learning from sawyers. With thousands of owners putting endless hours...

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  4. Stickers & Blocking 101: How to Stack & Dry Lumber

    Stickers & Blocking 101: How to Stack & Dry Lumber

    The most valuable lumber you’re ever going to mill isn’t oak, walnut, or even something exotic. The valuable lumber we’re talking about, you will probably never sell a single piece of Stickers! These 1-inch thick pieces of lumber are unsung heroes, responsible for preserving & maximizing the value of your milled lumber. When you air dry your lumber, stickers & blocking...

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  5. The Whys & Hows of Building a Log Loading Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill

    The Whys & Hows of Building a Log Loading Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill

    Building and using a log deck is an easy & efficient way to load logs for milling. And while these log-loading decks don’t need to be fancy, they do need to be stable and strong enough to handle the weight of heavy logs. What are the main reasons why you should consider creating your own log loading setup? Here’s a bit of sawyer wisdom we have to...

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  6. Wood Handling in the Joplin Storm Aftermath

    Wood Handling in the Joplin Storm Aftermath

    It took Joplin, Missouri only thirty-four minutes to lose nearly half of its urban trees during an F-5 tornado that ripped the town apart on May 22, 2011. Nearly a third of the city including homes, businesses, and a major hospital complex were destroyed that night. Century-old trees came crashing down on homes, streets, and miles of power lines, causing further damage and complicating a massive and difficult search-and-rescue effort that lasted...

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