Milling Our Own Lumber

“Assemble the Portable Sawmill” has been on Paul’s to do list since parts for the mill were delivered seven years ago. The time and motivation were finally right for him to get this done?- we’ve got 50 Freedom Ranger meat chicks that are growing fast and need a shelter!

The job started in the garage where Paul built a base on which he could mount the sawmill rails.

ripsaw sawmill base

He assembled the Ripsaw Portable Sawmill over a few days.

setting up the ripsaw portable sawmilll

And today he finally got the chance to test it out!

making a cut with the portable sawmill

The machine is terribly loud and the sawing is very slow going.
Check out this beautiful beam. It gives me all kinds of building ideas…

beam cut with the ripsaw portable sawmill

These two-inch thick planks will become the studs for the Freedom Ranger chicken shelter.

boards cut on our portable sawmill

The boards aren’t perfect, but they’ll do the job. They were cut from a Hackmatack tree that that was blocking my view of the only Maple tree in the front yard.

boards ready for rippikng

It’s pretty cool to be able to mill your own wood. Having this mill and our own lumber will no doubt make Paul’s “Honey Do” list grow!

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6 Responses to Milling Our Own Lumber

  1. dan says:

    what is the widest board that you can cut with your sawmill?

  2. Stan Swisher says:

    Enjoyed your site. I still use my circular saw mill that I bought new in 1973, a Bellsaw with a 42″ blade. I built our log house from timber I skided with my draft horses.
    Stan, mountains of Colorado

  3. devon emery says:

    Hi I am from the Caribbean and i am doin a home project can you provide information as to where can i get the above unit to buy please

  4. Paul says:


    Try going to this web site:

    The Rip-Saw Bandsaw Mill is sold factory direct. The instructions and tech support are excellent. I’ve owned mine for over 16 years and while it is a bit small for my present and future requirements, it does most of the jobs demanded of it easily. I’ve not experienced any problems and have no complaints.

    Paul B.

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