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Mill logs into lumber on your own farm

publication date: Nov 1, 2016
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I enjoy the side projects on our farm in which I learn a new and unexpected skill. The most interesting and satisfying thus far was the time my wife and I hired a sawyer with a portable mill and made our own lumber.
Milling our own lumber all started with a need to expand one of our fields. The area we were expanding into was wooded. What were we going to do with the trees once they were cut? We had plenty of firewood already. We tried to contact a commercial logger, who laughed at our half-acre project. The idea of cutting these trees and burning them or leaving them to rot was not an option. That’s when we hit upon a great solution. On one of our evening walks, my wife and I ran into a neighbor who is a carpenter and suggested we mill our own lumber. We always need lumber for projects around the farm. I like woodworking. This seemed like a great option.

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