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If you want to build your own home or a cabin in the woods, you might want to think about getting a sawmill.
They aren’t cheap but when you take the cost of store bought lumber into consideration, you can recoup the money spent on a sawmill in a very short time.
We looked at it as an investment. Since we need two new buildings, the sawmill will be an investment that will pay itself off by the time these are built.
It’s been a long time dream for Graham to have his own sawmill. He’s been milling his own boards for a long time, but he wanted a REAL mill.
After a lot of research, he decided to buy a Norwood Sawmill. He was so excited when he was able to finally order one.
He spent several days putting it together. Want to see his sawmill in operation?
Keep reading and then watch the video below.
This is what the mill looked like when it arrived. Some assembly required here!
At least it all fit onto one pallet. There are a lot of boxes on that pallet and a lot of weight.
First, though, take a look at the sawmill he had been using for years – it is called an Alaskan Sawmill.
He’s been running this mill for over 10 years here in the Cariboo.
Homemade Alaskan Sawmill:
The “old” sawmill. An Alaskan sawmill is another name for a chainsaw sawmill.
Although not perfect (and not as pretty as his Norwood) this sawmill cut a lot of boards for us.
Boards for building the barn? He cut them all. Siding for the barn? Yup, he cut that too!
How to Build a Barn:
Want to read about how we planned to build a barn? We did it in two stages – two “halves” is more accurate.
It was a great way to spread out the money and time needed to get our barn finished.
Norwood Sawmill after assembly:
Here is the new Norwood sawmill after assembly. Graham put it on a frame and then onto a trailer so he can move it around the property.
It’s looking good and Graham is ready to try his first cuts!
Norwood Sawmill in Operation Video:
Here’s a video showing Graham running the Norwood sawmill and cutting boards.
You may want to grab a coffee and a seat to watch this. It’s about 20 minutes long.
If you’re in the market for a mill, you’ll want to watch this Norwood Sawmill in operation video from beginning to end.
This sawmill is going to be a great addition here for us!
We also really need a new wood room to hold a couple of years of firewood. This mill is going to cut all the lumber for these projects…and more.
We will be using this mill for years to come. It’s another great investment in our homestead.
Find out how we find free firewood in the bush.
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