Wide Cut Bandsaw Mill Plans

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All the details you need to build your own wide slabber bandsaw mill capable of handling and cutting a 76″ diameter log.  Heavy duty build construction for smooth and stable cuts.  30″ wheels drive either a 1.5″ or 2″ blade.  The 134 page plan document includes parts lists and suppliers for each component, cut lists for breaking down full lengths of steel, and step by step assembly instructions.  Each section also has informative write ups covering things to consider and further information on the sawmill’s design.  A listing of all components that would need to be modified if you’d like to change any of the cut capacities is also included.

Also included are 3D PDF models (which can be viewed in Adobe Reader) of major components and a DXF file of the guards.

Plans are provided electronically.  You will receive a link to download them after checkout via email.

Plans are in imperial units.

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  • cyro buarque says:

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    Hello Matt, I live in Brazil and would like to buy this project to manufacture the saw here, would it have been translated into Portuguese?

  • Justin says:

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    Hey Matt, I’ve followed your channel for a while now, and I’m amazed at some of the work you’ve done, especially on this mill and the book-matched cherry wardrobe you built a while back. I’ve finally reached a point where I am looking at building a mill loosely based off of this one.

    Can I ask: what was the reasoning behind using 45mm linear rails for this build? I do some work in metal machining, and 45mm is very much on the heavy end of things – in the ballpark of thousands-of-pounds of force. Is there a way to estimate the cutting forces exerted by this mill? I believe 45 mm may be oversized… at least for the blade guides.

  • Russell Wilkins says:

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    Nice job, simple and to the point. Just curious, what software did you use? And would it be possible to get the information on your winch feed system?
    Best of Luck.
    Russ Wilkins

  • william s dill says:

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    1055 Shell Mountain Rd

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    Dear sir I am sk kawsar. From Bangladesh. So I don’t have credit cart. So how can I pay your money. I have to need band sawmill plans.

  • Doug Ostrander says:

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    Do the sawmill plans include info for the upgrade by April W for the bearings and drive wheels?

  • ola says:

    If possible send in metric. mm cm

    • I only have them in imperial units.

  • Keith Brooks says:

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    Hey Matt,

    Have commented on you YT videos before about a log I had slabbed that is 64″ x 144″. I had it slabbed at 3″ and 4″ thicknesses and am now ready to start processing. I would like to have them re-sawn to thinner slabs but am having trouble finding someone close by the Atlanta area who can handle the width. I am also living in Ohio and willing to haul them to a location in Ohio or somewhere in between. Was wondering if you or your subscriber base might know of someone in those regions who could handle the width?

  • Bob says:

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    Hi Matt,
    What is the ball park cost of materials for the bandsaw? Are there options in the plans for a smaller version?

  • Bob Mosier says:

    Hi Matt,
    What is the ball park cost of materials for the bandsaw? Also is there an option in the plans for a smaller version?

    • If you use all new parts and materials you’ll be around 15k. I built mine for about 8500. The plans list the parts that would need to be scaled in length by the capacity you’d like to change.

  • Ed says:


    What do you know or can you estimate the cost is to build this saw?


    • If you use all new parts and materials you’ll be around 15k. I built mine for about 8500.

  • LEROY MURRAY says:

    hi Matt
    This is the set of plans i have been waiting for this band saw. i will build it with skill i have and your
    blueprints thank you.
    Skip Murray.

  • David baird says:

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    Just need 48 inch mill are there alot of calulations to modify to this size. Don’t watch to buy extra heavy metal if I don’t need it.

  • Duane Boatwright says:

    Hi Matthew, My name is Duane Boatwright I live in Montrose Iowa. Could you please tell me what size linear rails you have a make and model and wheels where to by them.I designed a saw mill years ago similar to yours 40ft bed I beams.It was 7 ft wide but cut it down to 6ft 6inches I want to use a two inch wide band blade.i will be adding hydraulics log lift and carriage feed hydraulic drive. I’ve been following you and April W.on you tube its pretty awesome. I want to cut logs long enough for my Timber frame house I designed when I was 7 years old. I be 54 in April I also been doing custom woodworking since I was 7 years old it just came naturally to me.Thanks to God.if you can help with the info on these two items I wood be great full.I know were April got her wheels and arbor I don’t know where you got yours And happy wood working. Thanks Duane Boatwright, DTB wood productions. I’m not on the web or you tube.oh awesome job on your mill!!.

    • Hi Duane, The linear rails are thk hsr45. Wheels are 30″ from Cook’s Saw. Thanks!

  • Paul Melverton says:

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    I am writing to you to get the plans of this Great Mill.
    How much please? I hope I have not missed it somewhere.

  • jim barling says:

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    the only comment i have at this time is when will i recieve the plans that i have paid for .with thanks jim

  • Terry Ball says:

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    Hey Matt,
    Backstory and Question,
    I teach “Shop” class and we primarily do wood and welding work. I want to build a mill primarily to slab out dining room table tops. Your mill is slightly larger than I think we will need. What would your recommendation be for a mill dedicated to primarily table top slabs and small cuts? I’m excited to engage the students in the build and future years of milling their own slabs and build tables. Thx Terry

  • Nate Meyer says:

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    First off, thank you for the awesome videos! Second, I’m a teacher and while teaching woodworking we were talking about aging and growth rings. Would you consider making an end grain table which displays landmarks in history Ex. 2008 the first African American president 1929 stock market crash, Ect. I think it would make some awesome content and a new challenge for such large material you processing. Thank you so much for your time and awesome content – Nate Meyer
    Columbia MO

  • Eric says:

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    can the files be opened with auto cad?

  • Mac says:

    Approximately how many lbs of steel goes into this? Local steel store has a clearance section with most sizes, sold by the lb. Trying to approximate cost in steel.

    thank you!

    • 3000-3500lbs

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    Dear Matt,
    I could be interesting in bying your Wide Cut Bandsaw Mill Plans.
    But do you have them in metric?
    And do you have cnc files for all machineble parts?
    Vbr Inge

  • Dan says:

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    Hi Matt
    Thinking about building your saw would there be any issues regarding obtaining parts in Australia or are the parts mostly generic and all so would there be issue with exchange rate how is payment made do you have the means to convert to us dollars from Australian dollars etc

  • Ronald Crowder says:

    How long does it take to receive the plans I ordered?

    • They’re available immediately after checkout

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    Dear Matt,
    I could be interesting in bying your Wide Cut Bandsaw Mill Plans.
    But do you have them in metric?
    And do have cnc files for all machineble parts?
    Vbr Inge

  • Philip Romeo JR says:

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    Hello Matt I was woundering if you offer the Plans in a book form like I saw on Aprils build of her saw mill

    Thank you

    p.s as You say

  • Plan on buying saw mill plans what would additional cost to get a large printed set of plans ,have you plans for hydraulics thanks Doug solinger

  • Jacob Pardell says:

    Yo Matt!! You are my hero!!!!! Also, I wish we were neighbors. Happy woodworking brother!

  • Andrew says:

    Have you added on an automated lubricating system like as shown in your work on April Wilkerson’s rig or is that not too hard to figure out?

    • I haven’t added it to mine but it’s in the plans.

  • Dave says:

    What is your policy toward visitors coming to your shop/saw mill? I live in MN and get to the MSP area quite often.

  • Alex says:

    What can you charge someone for the services offered with one of these saws? In other words, how much will someone pay you to cut these slabs like you did in your video titled, “Spalted Silver Maple Slabbing…”?

    • Tends to vary quite a bit. I’ve seen slab mill pricing range from $100-$300/hr

    • Liam Cealleigh says:

      Price is ALWAYS by Board Foot… and it depends on what wood you are milling as well as the configuration required for yield… aka flat sawn/quarter sawn… no one honest charges by the hour… that’s absurd…
      If you want a butcher block of hard white maple you can only use straight grain that deviates equal to or less than 1″ over 18″, [When I made Hard White maple Heartwood blanks for LePage’s glue company quality control tests & blanks out of ASH for MLB baseball bats the grain could not deviate more than 3/4″ over 12″!]. That wood was HEARTWOOD ONLY,
      If you are ship building/ coopering you need white oak QTR Sawn ZERO DEFECTS hence you will lose a lot of the log that way, If you want spalted maple… that is a disease of the tree & you cannot predict what the outcome is in any given yield for any given log so again you pay for the BOARD FEET produced & take the yield that nature provides from your log & you also trust your (hopefully honest) miller to not be lazy but to do the necessary work to yield the max possible… now if someone wants to drop by & scrape each board (curly cherry etc) & make the calls as far as feed orientation for a custom yield according to their particular plans for the material…then certainly you COULD charge them BOARD FEET PLUS an hourly rate for their slowing your work down with a custom cut job & looking over your shoulder which just pisses me off because I will forget more about wood before posting this comment than almost everyone on earth will ever know in 100 lifetimes so telling me how to best mill a log is a lot like some clown telling a brain surgeon how best to remove their aneurysm… all I need to know is what the project is & any particular aesthetics desired & I will do better that they will in determining how best to tackle the job for max yield… however for a one man operation on a self built machine that clearly allows blade drift over the larger work pieces (see pictures) you probably want a loyal customer base that appreciates being present & calling the shots in which case you would probably use that as a business model that offers what most millers aren’t providing [a personnel touch] in which case again you SHOULD just charge by the BOARD FOOT yielded & make the customers’ experience- your business model’s & selling point… harvesting a log for a one man woodworker dealing in custom furniture/ jewelry/pen & pencil manufacturer is a whole different story that harvesting a log for frame, siding & floor boards [high output production]… nevertheless if someone whats you to mill a log of lignum vitae, pink ivory, wenge, or cocabola etc etc… then the price/board foot is simply much higher than for pine, spruce, fir, red oak etc… an honest miller relies upon & takes pride in his ability to max the BOARD FEET of every log under his care according to the requirements of the customers project… I have in 54 years on earth yet to meet a miller who was not also an excellent carpenter/woodworker… so NO NOT BY THE HOUR/// No honest man charges by the hour to mill wood… that is just absurd

    • Dave Kaduk says:

      It is always amusing to hear or view the ramblings of someone who is totally self absorbed……… I am an honest man and, if I owned a magnificent machine like Matt’s or like April’s that is built to do very specialized work, I would more than likely charge someone by the hour if they came to me with their material and their specifications describing what they want me to do for them. I have, in my 68 years, often paid hourly rates for specialized services.

      No additional comment, it is boring to attempt to engage in a battle of wits with someone who is unarmed.

    • Justin says:

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      Dave is the real MVP here.

  • Jim koskovich says:

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    Have a 400 year old white oak, can slab with my chainsaw mill,but would like to see your rig run.

  • Chris says:

    I have a few questions about your wide cut saw mill. Are the plans just for the base, or does the saw itself come with build instructions? If not what saw assembly do you use, and what’s the bd/ft speed of it?

    • The plans include details for building the full machine as pictured. The table of contents is available in the pictures above so you can get an idea of what’s covered in the plans.

  • Martin says:

    Do you have any plans of releasing plans with metric measurements for people that don’t live in the US? If you do I and probably many more will be very interested :p

    • Not at this time. That would be an entirely new cad model, parts list, and set of plans.

    • Matthew Smith says:

      It’s not very hard to convert metric to imperial Martin. There are plenty of tools online you can use, which do most of the work for you. These days in fact, you’ll see many welders/fabricators and carpenters use both metric and imperial systems. Good luck dude.

  • Neil Bizzoco says:

    Have you come up with an estimated cost to build the band Saw Mill I am interested but I would like to come up with a budget.

    • If you use all new parts, expect to be around 15k. I built mine for about 8500.

  • jon Gonzales says:

    Hi. I like the saw you made. I am interested to know the cost of parts. I am a welder and work in a maching shop, do you have an estimate for labor hours for fabrication and assembly? Thank you

    • If you use all new parts, expect to be around 15k. I built mine for about 8500. Roughly 150-200 hours but I’d think you’d be able to knock it out much faster.

  • Najee Patton says:

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    Hey I am really looking at building you saw. I have been watching g a lot of you videos and I love it! I’m trying to do some price checking on stuff. What motor and stuff did you end up going with for the drive system on everything?

  • Doug Hynes says:

    Matt, do you include conversion charts for downsizing your sawmill? I love your videos but want a smaller model than you are using.

    • I provide a listing of each part that would be impacted by a change in capacity. You’d just need to know how much you’d like to reduce the capacity by and subtract that from the length of each part in the list. Those list are provided for cut width, cut height, and cut length.

  • Paul Baker says:

    Do these plans cover automation of all the moving parts

    • The plans are for a manual mill with the exception of motorizing the sawhead lift.

  • Dan Clifton says:

    Hi Matt,
    would like to build your mill to use for the 75 pecan trees I have access to and also over 100 southern pines.
    Where do I order your plans and is it possible to have you give me a call when you have time to answer a few questions.
    if so, I will send you my phone number. Thanks.

  • Matt says:

    Where do you order the jumbo bandsaw blades?

    • I get mine from Cook’s Saw but any bandsaw blade supplier can make custom length blades.

  • Shane says:

    Any advice on going the route ofnused parts for the mill?

    • Ebay or local surplus suppliers would be a good start especially if you can find the linear bearings and rails

  • Victor Maitland-Smith says:

    Hi Matt,
    I am considering making your sawmill and was curious to how readily available the parts were and what sort of cost was involved.

    • The only part that’s not available off the shelf is the drive shaft which needs to be custom machined. The contact info for my machinist is included in the plans. If you use all new parts expect to be around 15k in parts

  • Ralph Pardue says:

    Matt, would it be possible to purchase a set of updated “wide cut bandsaw mill” plans that would include the changes that April Wilkerson built into your design? Specifically, using the large pillow block bearings.

    Do you plan to add an electric power drive to replace the hand crank to move the rack?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Hi Ralph, Premier Bandwheel can supply you with the mounting plates, bearings, shafts, and wheels. The mounting plates simply bolt to the existing mounting plates specified in my plans. They have everything on file so you can order the crate just like April got. Power feed will come with the next iteration where I add all the power options. Thanks!

  • Matt,
    I’m going to build your mill, but thinking about some modifications that will allow me to use it as not only a sawmill, but a CNC router and plasma cutter as well. I don’t typically do video work, but if this works out, that might change. Thanks for the plans, and I really enjoy your channel.

    • I had those things in mind when I designed it. You might beat me to making those additions 🙂

  • Daniel reimer says:

    I have sound restrictions in my rural residential community. Do you know what level of sound it produces (dB)?
    Thank you.

    • I can take a reading for you. What distance would you like?

    • Daniel Reimer says:

      8′ would be great, thanks.

  • Bentley says:

    I have a set of 36″ wheels. Would it be very hard to adapt your plans to the wheels I already have?

    • That wouldn’t be very difficult to do. If you keep the mounting the same, the only change would be the blade guards otherwise, the wheels shafts would need to be moved out 3″ on each side and the saw beam lengthened.

  • Dennis Risk says:

    Loved your design, great job. Denny

  • Timothy Travis says:

    For me personally I would like to know if your plans could retro fit a Gas engine. I plan on modifying it to be mobile. I think with your plans and my know how I’ll have Exactly what I’m looking for.

    • Yes there is information for calculating the pulley size to compensate for the higher rpm of an engine. You’d also need to modify the motor mount to fit the mounting pattern of your engine.

  • Will Douglas says:

    These plans are very detailed. I am excited to get started building this mill. So glad I came across your YouTube series and watched you build your mill. I was just about to purchase a chainsaw mill because all the bandsaw mills to cut large timber are ridiculous expensive for someone doing this pretty much as a hobby. I have a 60″ diameter 16′ white oak log that I know will make some beautiful slabs. Lots of pecan and hickory as well.

    • That’s a huge log!

    • Liam Cealleigh says:

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      That’s extraordinary for an oak tree- 5′ in diameter… WOW… you are going to be able to sell a lot of your wood to churches shipwrights & coopers if you want… before deciding on how you tackle that log… you really should see what you could sell & then incorporate your customers into your own plans for yield… OLD growth white oak that is QTR SAWN & of panel dimension is as premium as domestic wood gets… there is a company that is very famous called Hunt & O’Burne… they have been making custom cue sticks forever & I bet they would love to get some Qtr Sawn Old Growth Heartwood to stick in their kiln for some future clients… I would definitely at least make a few calls before simply flat sawing that log for impressive looking wide slabs that ultimately will be further milled anyway before use!

  • Derwood B Harlow says:

    Best videos build on the internet
    Will you come to New Hampshire to speak when you start your world tour?

    • It wouldn’t be a world tour if I didn’t!

  • Doug solinger says:

    Will price saw mill plans stay at this price for a while any old people discount

    • Yes, they will stay this price for the foreseeable future.

  • Jeremy says:

    I’ve watched all the videos love the mil ! Couple questions
    1. Why only a 5 hp motor and do you feel it’s enough power?
    2. Have you put hydraulics on yet?
    3. Do you plan on automating it with some sort of setworks ?
    4. How come your so awesome?

    Happy Woodworking!

    • 1. It’s a 10hp motor. It’s enough for my set up. More power would let you saw faster and use dull blades longer.
      2. Haven’t started yet
      3. Yes, that will be phase 3
      4. all of the above 🙂

  • Peter Poanessa says:

    Looks like a great project. One of these days…

  • preston.riggs says:

    Awesome set of plans! Can’t wait to get started on this project!

    • Thanks! Let me know how it goes

  • Ronders says:

    Amazing plans! There isn’t any one out there making this size saw for this price. If this was a woodmizer it would be over $100,000 easily. With the detail in these plans anyone with some simple metalworking skills can build this.

  • Brett says:

    How much did it cost you to build the saw

    • I did it for about $8500. If you’re looking at all new parts, figure about $13000 or so

    • David says:

      Fantastic build Matt! Of the $8500 how much do you have tied up in drive components (var freq drives and motors specifically)?

      • The main vfd was $800. The lift vfd was $300. The main motor was given to me by a friend who had pulled it off another machine and the lift motor I got from a surplus seller for $150.

  • Reyna Doege says:

    Most amazing set of band saw mill plans I’ve seen on the internet. I got in on the previous pricing, but even at $95 these are a great value! I’ve started modifications on mine as I’m going for a 48″ cut width, and am starting to put together some of the materials. Can’t wait to begin the build, but I know that’s going to be a few months away. Thanks for the time and effort Matt!

    • So awesome to hear!

    • Jamie Clemmons says:

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      How many welding hours are in the build?