George Vondriska provides tips on how to use a backyard saw mill to cut lumber from logs for your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Bob Cochran

    Many years ago, I worked for a family member in his sawmill — which was a small commercial operation, not a backyard rig like the one shown in this video. So I’ve been there and done that. You need to take the most extreme care if you cut lumber from logs. You do not know what is inside the log. Run a metal detector over the log, give it a really good scanning for metal embedded in the log. Even then the detector might not capture things like bullets in the wood, wire, nails, and so on. If your saw blade hits one of these you will be lucky if you are not seriously injured. Wear long sleeved shirts of a fairly thick material. Always have hearing and head protection like you see in the video. Protect your face and eyes and neck. Expect it to be brutal work to cut lumber from logs — because it is.

  • Robert Galloway

    American Elm. Victims of Dutch Elm disease. Make for beautiful bowls. Bradford Pear. Ornamentals with a disease risk. Beautiful wood. Keep an eye out. Touch base with some local tree trimmers.