Making Lumber

Last fall, Donavan had an elm tree removed from his yard that had died. The trunk was too heavy to be lifted out of his backyard with the crane that was used to remove the rest of the tree. We planned to mill the trunk in place with the chainsaw mill and after making a few cuts with the chainsaw mill, we removed enough weight so the log could be moved with a bobcat. We loaded it onto my trailer and cut the rest of the log on my homemade bandsaw mill.
Setting up a flat base for stacking lumber to dry is and essential part of the drying process.  It can be a tedious process and if the base changes or the stack needs to move, you have to level the area again.  I decided to make some base levelers for my lumber stacks so I can quickly, easily, and accurately ensure a flat base for drying my lumber.
Last spring, I saw a firewood posting on craigslist for some really large logs.  The trees were removed as part of a street widening project.  I was able to get 5 of them starting from the smallest.  The biggest logs I was unable to get due to their size.  The crotch section was just one part of a much larger tree.
When I added the guides to the mill, they ended up in not quite the right position so up until now, the blade was guiding itself through the cut.  The placement of the guides also prevented me from tracking the blade back far enough onto the wheels.  I modify the mounting posts (1:15), track the blade (8:28), set the guides (12:13), and test the set up by milling a pair of logs (spruce and elm)(16:24).
Just having some fun, enjoying the outdoors, and getting some exercise. Still plenty of things to add to the mill but for now, it's just nice to get some use out of it. I'm working through my small log pile to free up space in my driveway. In this video I'm cutting elm, spruce, and box elder.
After months of building this saw it is finally time to get the saw head calibrated to start cutting.  The majority of the work involved is aligning the wheels and getting a blade tensioned and tracking correctly.
The last piece that needs to be added before the mill can be tested is the tensioner.  The tensioner will move the idle wheel out and away from the drive wheel putting tension on the blade.  There are many ways to accomplish this.  I will be using a simple hydraulic ram and hand pump so I need some way of holding the ram and I need something for the ram to push against.
A bandsaw mill is pretty dangerous. Not only do you want to protect from body parts coming in contact with the wheels and blade but you also need to contain the the blade if it breaks.  
There's still plenty to do still to complete the first iteration of my homemade bandsaw mill however I had enough done to do some test cuts to make sure it would actually work.  Here I'm cutting a 12" diameter spruce log around 5'6" long.  The guides are not set, the saw is at a fixed height, and the lube system isn't installed.