A Chainsaw Mill And You Can Make Your Own Lumber

     Bandsaws - Is A Bandsaw Right For You?

   Bandsaw Mills - Quality Cuts At Home   

   Learn How To Weld

   Radial Arm Saw Basics

   A Drill Can Come In Many Different Shapes And Sizes



A Chainsaw Mill And You Can Make Your Own Lumber  by Johnathon Duvel

Building a house? Shed? Workshop? There are times when you need to buy lumber. The trouble is the price of quality boards can be extremely high. But a Chainsaw mill will let you make your own lumber.

Mills that make plywood are being shut down and the timber companies have less old grown to mill and most of the lumber that's now affordable is new growth pine. Spruce is also very common.

However woods like cherry, poplar, or oak are incredibly expensive and out of many people's budgets. But there is a workable solution. You don't need to settle for pine or spruce. If you mill your own boards you choose the trees and you can have oak if that's what you want.

There is a variety of way to make boards from trees. Most require expensive equipment. You can contract out the work or you can buy a portable mill for your back yard. Trouble is a portable mill will set you back thousands of dollars.

But wait, there is another choice. Did you know you can use your chainsaw to make your own boards? All you need is a large saw and a special device that fits onto the chainsaw bar and you can make any kind of board you want. The good news is it costs you just pennies per board.

This device is called a chainsaw lumber maker and it can mill through any tree. It doesn't matter how larger, how tough, how big, how thick, or how tall.

All it requires is a little bit of steel and some bolts. To make the mill you'll need a rectangular frame that's just a bit shorter than the chainsaw length. And of course you'll need to weld it together. Plans for building your mill can be found online with no trouble.

You'll want to practice good safety measures at all times. You'll want to wear ear protection, safety glasses, and proper footwear when you are milling.

Once you own a chainsaw mill you will never again buy a board. Instead you'll mill each board you need all by yourself. And each board will be exactly what you want.

And no longer will your budget hold you to pine or spruce. Finally you can have some of the more exotic woods again. Now you'll be able to mill boards from your back yard. It's a great way to recycle dead trees, or to selectively log your property. Now instead of leaving trees to rot you can mill them.

You can purchase a pre-fab chainsaw mill or you can build one from scratch. Pre-fabs are available online or at stores like Home Depot. They are designed to work with all the major chainsaws like STIHL or Husqvarna.

No longer will you walk up to the counter and get stick shock as the teller rings your purchase into the cash register. No longer will you settle for cheap woods. Instead you'll be milling gorgeous lumber in your backyard.

About the Author

Johnathon is a professional carpenter for over 20 years and has experience in helping customers renovate their homes. Johnathon is woodwork enthusiast who works with jigsaws, table saws, circular saws and many other varieties of saws. Visit his specialty site on saws at for chainsaw reviews






Bandsaws - Is A Bandsaw Right For You?   by Johnathon Duvel

A bandsaw is perhaps the first and most important table tool anyone will get for their own personal workshop. Sure, bandsaws are used by commercial companies, but for now, we are concentrating on the residential community and their need for bandsaws. Do you need a bandsaw? Which one is right for you? What will a bandsaw really do for me? These are all the questions pondered by prospective bandsaw owners around the world. Well, the truth is that only you can truly answer those questions. You can study, you can read, and you can take advice, but when it comes down to it, you are making this decision based on a compilation of all the information you received.

What Does A Bandsaw Do?

Bandsaws are generally used to saw a material ¨C generally wood ¨C into precise sizes for your project. Whether you are building a house, or building a doll house or bird house, a bandsaw may be able to be of assistance. Bandsaw can do some detail work and smaller cuts, but for the most part, bandsaws are used for large, sweeping cuts that are unfinished and undetailed. Other power tools can help with detailing when the time comes.

How Do I Setup A Bandsaw?

Well, depending on your bandsaw size, it may attach securely to a workbench or table, or the bandsaw may be on its own table. The larger and heavier the bandsaw, the more likelihood that it will be on its own table. The bandsaw table should always be on a flat, steady surface. You definitely do not want that table a wobbling while you are working. Your full attention should be on the bandsaw, not whether it will fall over. All manufacturers have differing ideas and guidelines for properly setting up the bandsaw. I suggest you thoroughly read those instructions. If you got yours used and they did not have instructions, contacting the manufacturer will usually get you a free set.

Well, What Sizes Do Bandsaws Come In?

Bandsaws are measured by the radius of the blade. Most bandsaws start at 9 inches and get bigger from there. Most 9 inch bandsaws are simply a heavy machine you connect securely to your preexisting worktable. There are 12 inch and 16 inch bandsaw tables as well, but the grandpappy of them all is the 24 inch bandsaw table. This big boy is a table unto itself. The larger the bandsaw, the more you will be able to do with that bandsaw. In addition, as the bandsaw gets bigger the price has a strange way of increasing as well.

I Have Heard That They Are Dangerous

A firearm is dangerous sin the wrong hands. A bandsaw can be dangerous, even in the right hands. The best suggestion I could give is to always take extreme caution when using a bandsaw for any reason. Bandsaws come in both horizontal and vertical models with each type having its own set of precautions and safety issues. A few common precautions can be used by both. Never use a bandsaw while intoxicated or while you are not in the right frame of mind. A clear mind, a clean bandsaw, and a good instruction manual can go a long way in saving you and your family from an untimely death.

About the Author

Johnathon is a professional carpenter for over 20 years and has experience in helping customers renovate their homes. Johnathon is woodwork enthusiast who works with jigsaws, table saws, circular saws and many other varieties of saws. Visit his specialty site on saws at for chainsaw reviews.





Bandsaw Mills - Quality Cuts At Home   by Johnathon Duvel

There are some instances where a novice can use power tools, and with the proper precautions, be perfectly safe. However, there are some cases where only a professional or expert should use certain tools. Bandsaws are common in almost every home workshop around the world if it has any respectability. However, bandsaw mills are owned by experts and have a highly specialized function that usually should not be tried by the novice.

What Is A Bandsaw Mill?

Bandsaw mills are an extremely large, heavy, and bulky apparatus used at home that resembles what large, corporate sawmills use to cut timber. Bandsaw mills allow a person to push large pieces of lumber or timber from one end and get smaller slices out the other end. Saying that these are bulky apparatuses is usually an understatement. Bandsaw mills can take up an entire workshop. These are usually located outdoors and covered when not in use. There are some smaller bandsaw mills that will fit in a home workshop, but they still demand the center of attention.

Do I Need A Bandsaw Mill?

Deciding this is usually on a case to case basis. Large pieces of timer or lumber can usually be cut down to a reasonable size at the lumber dealer for little or no charge. I would not suggest a novice ever own a bandsaw mill. They can be dangerous and deadly. If you are a more seasoned bandsaw user, you may find it beneficial to own your own bandsaw mill. Whether or not you should purchase or create your own is something you already know the answer to. An honest answer can save your life.

How Much Do Bandsaw Mills Cost?

A good bandsaw mill can cost thousands of dollars. Usually, someone doesnĄ¯t wake up one day and discover that low and behold they need a bandsaw mill. A seasoned woodworker will take their time and purchase the pieces on a piece by piece basis. Some people will make their own bandsaw mill, and that can cost less or more depending on the operation of that bandsaw mill. Depending on what you need, and how fast you need it, bandsaw mills will vary in prices and features. How much you spend will depend on you and your personal flare for the extravagant.

As with all bandsaws, I suggest the use of extreme caution when using any form of bandsaw mill. An improperly used bandsaw mill can cause the lumber and timber to be thrown from the mill and cause the blade to break. Always use extreme caution and wear safety equipment before using one. In addition, bandsaw mills usually have extra guards set up around the mill that keep flying debris from striking people. Proper maintenance and upkeep will keep you safe and your bandsaw mill running smoothly.

Deciding to purchase or create a bandsaw mill is a big decision. You have taken an honest look at your capabilities, and you have followed all of the safety precautions and advice of experts and novices alike. There is no doubt that bandsaw mills can offer something special to a woodworker, but unless you have the expertise needed to operate the mill, you should probably leave bandsaw mills to the experts.

About the Author

Johnathon is a professional carpenter for over 20 years and has experience in helping customers renovate their homes. Johnathon is woodwork enthusiast who works with jigsaws, table saws, circular saws and many other varieties of saws. Visit his specialty site on saws at for chainsaw reviews.

Learn How To Weld or the Top 10 Welding Mistakes  by Sergey Alekseyev

Welding is a complex subject, and this article is far from being comprehensive on any aspect of it. However, one thing that it attempts to cover is a few absolutely necessary requirements and a number of basic beginner mistakes that one can easily avoid.

As a quick introduction, the most frequently used and easiest-accessible welding processes are arc welding/gas welding (including tig welding and mig welding).

Arc welding describes welding processes that use a welding power supply to create an electric arc between an electrode and the base material to melt the metals at the welding point. They can use either direct (DC) or alternating (AC) current, and consumable or non-consumable electrodes. The welding region is sometimes protected by a kind of inert or semi-inert gas, known as a shielding gas, and/or filler material. Arc welding is widely used because of its low capital and running costs.

MIG (Metal Inert Gas) and TIG (gas tungsten arc) welding are kinds of gas metal arc welding. During MIG and TIG welding, continuous and consumable wire electrodes and a shielding gas are fed through a welding gun. Constant voltage, direct current power source are usually used with MIG and TIG welding, but alternating current sources can also be used. Originally used for welding aluminiums, gas metal arc welding was also soon applied to steels because it allowed to reduce welding time substantially. Some advantages of MIG welding are that it is easier to learn, longer welds can be made without the need to stop and restart, and little post weld cleaning is necessary. The downsides are an oxidized weld deposit, unstable arc, and weld porosity. Advantages of TIG welding are that it allows welds of higher quality, with or without filling metal, good control of heat, and low distortion. Some of the issues with TIG welding are a somewhat erratic (wandering) arc, a high electrode consumption, and a certain porosity of the weld.

Some of the most basic and frequent mistakes in (mainly MIG, since it is the most relevant for most readers) welding, from our experience and after extensive research, are the following:

1) Not cleaning the parts and weld surfaces properly. As most experienced welders say, this is a very frequent beginner mistake. Any paint, dirt, and similar materials can lead to problems and a bad weld as a result.

2) Using the wrong kind of gas for gas welding. Many people will opt for cheap gas, which is however sometimes not a good idea. While simple CO2 is cheap, a mixed gas will often produce better results while MIG welding.

3) Wrong polarity. This can produce a bad-looking weld bead.

4) Wrong contact tip sizes.

5) Inadequate travel speed, i.e. going too fast or too slow.

6) Insufficient shielding - e.g. not blocking the wind while welding.

7) Welding too cool on a massive piece of material, which results in a lack of fusion.

8) Underbuying, i.e. picking a too small welding machine for the material thickness required.

9) Not maintaining the wire feeder's wear components, like liners, contact tips, and other parts.

10) Mismatched filler material, i.e. not having the right tensile strength.

For an in-depth description of these and numerous other welding mistakes, as well as many advanced MIG and TIG welding tips and tricks, check out

About the Author

Sergey holds a M.Sc. degree in CS and is one of the founders and owners of S-Kaze, Ltd, a company designing and developing innovative next-generation websites.


Radial Arm Saw Basics

by Johnathon Duvel

The radial arm saw was first developed back in 1922 by DeWalt and it hit the market as the "DeWalt Wonder Worker." So why is it so popular?

The radial arm saw is made up of a motor just like a circular saw and it is suspended from a long arm with a yoke. This let the saw rotate at multiple degrees. The motor connects to the overhead arm and all parts can be locked down or left to pivot. This saw gives the operator a great deal of flexibility in the cuts that can be achieved.

DeWalt was the first on the market and it continued making this saw up until 1989 when the rights were sold to the American Saw Company. Sears has been making radial saws since 1958 and Delta entered the marked back in 1948.

One of the reasons this saw remains so popular is because it is so versatile. It can rip, cross cut, and it can do rabbet cuts and miter dado. Add the right attachments and it will work as a router or shaper.

The average size for home is the 10 inch model while industry usually purchases the larger saws. There's definitely nothing wrong with the performance of a 10 inch.

It will cut 2 ? inches deep at a 90 degree angle, 2 ? inches deep at a 45 degree bevel and on cross cuts up to 16 inches. A 16 inch saw will cut up to 29 inches on a cross cut and rip up to 41 inches in the outboard position.

It's always a good to follow some simple safety guidelines when using the saw.

1. Wear a face shield or safety glasses

2. Always wear hearing protection that is designed for the saws frequency.

3. Keep your work area clean and non obstructive.

4. Use saw blades that are rated for your saw and for the job you are planning to do. Always refer to your manual.

5. Buy accessories that are designed for your saw. Never try to make others fit without the proper adaptor.

6. Make sure the guard is on the saw before using.

7. Always stand on the handle side when you are doing a cross cut and pull the cutting head with the hand that is closest to the handle.

8. Make sure that your hands are nowhere near the blade.

9. After each cut return the cutting head to the back of the saw. The blade should not be able to move forward on it's own weight.

10. When you are ripping lumber make sure it is fed against the direction of the blade.

11. Do not cut free hand. Always use the back guide.

12. Never leave your table saw running unattended.

A radial arm saw is a great investment. It will allow you to easily complete those projects. Whether you choose Black & Decker, DeWalt, Ryobi, Sears or one of the many other brands you'll be making a smart investment!

About the Author

Johnathon is a professional carpenter for over 20 years and has experience in helping customers renovate their homes. Johnathon is woodwork enthusiast who works with jigsaws, table saws, circular saws and many other varieties of saws. Visit his specialty site on saws at for chainsaw reviews.


A Drill Can Come In Many Different Shapes And Sizes.   by Robert G

This is a tool with a rotating drill bit used for drilling holes in various materials. Drills are commonly used in woodwork and metalwork. The drill bit is gripped by a chuck at one end of the drill, and is pressed against the target material and rotated at speed. The tip of the drill bit does the work of cutting into the target material, slicing off thin shavings (twist drills or auger bits) or grinding off small particles (oil drilling).

Types Of Drills:

Hammer Drill: This is similar to a standard electric drill, with the exception that it is provided with a powerful hammer action for drilling masonry. The hammer action may be engaged or disengaged as required.

Rotary Hammer Drill: This is an electric drill type dedicated to drilling holes in masonry. This percussion drill uses a weight to create the impact force on the masonry bit. Generally, the drill chuck of this drill is designed to hold SDS drill bits.

Cordless Drills: A cordless drill is a type of electric drill, which uses rechargeable batteries. These drills are available with similar features to an electric drill.

Drill Press: This is a fixed style of drill, which may be mounted on a stand or bolted to the floor or workbench. It consists of a base, column (or pillar), table, spindle (or quill) and drill head, usually driven by an induction motor. The head has a set of handles (usually 3) radiating from a central hub which, when turned, move the drill spindle (and chuck) vertically, parallel to the axis of the column.

Geared Head Drill: This is identical to the drill press in most respects, however they are generally of sturdier construction and often have a power feed installed on the quill mechanism, and safety interlocks to disengage the feed on over travel.

Radial Arm Drill: This is a geared head drill that can be moved away from its column along an arm that radiates from the column. These drills are used for larger work; the arm can swivel around the column so that any point on the surface of the table can be reached without moving the work piece.

Mill Drill: This is a combination milling/drilling machine. This is the latest and one of the best utility Drills available in the stores.

About the Author

Robert Is A Freelance Writer For They Specialize In Information About power tools. If You Need To Know What Is The Best Hand And Power Tool on the market, Or Something More Specific Like Delta Power Tools You Can Find Out More Here.