Homemade saw mill for $200

I’m a big fan of this guy Jamie that lives off the grid in the woods of Vermont. I stumbled upon his YouTube channel somehow and saw him doing all kinds of awesome stuff all with little to no resources. He’s a mad scientist of sorts as his 276 YouTube videos will attest.

He makes saw mills, giant robots, geodesic domes to live in, banana buildings and many other things on his 25 off the grid acres. He even cut in a road 3/4 of a mile by hand! For years he just walked to his property from the side of the freeway since it has no road access.

He builds 2 types of homemade DIY sawmills with scraps he has around his compound. One is a band saw mill and the other is a swing blade saw mill made from a 12″ saw blade. I wonder if he could get a bigger motor and blade if it would be more efficient? It all comes down to money I suppose.

His Sawmill 2.0 – A homemade swing blade type sawmill

Sawmill 1.0 a homemade bandsaw type sawmill


Here’s me at my buddies fancy WoodMizer saw mill on Vashon Island. We traded him some Crown Royal to cut 3 4×8″ beams for our cabin foundation. This mill was amazing. It ran of a turbo diesel motor and was all automated. He could flip the logs for each cut as much as he wanted from the controls. Also he could dial in the exact cut depth with lasers and digital controls via this wireless remote. It was impressive! The mill came on a trailer but he had it setup so perfect, he said it would never move.