Recreating Up-and-Down Sawmill History

Making a portable sawmill

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The saw blade cutting an 18-inch poplar log. The saw is mounted in a heavy ash frame called sash. Heavy tension bolts secure the blade and adjustable wooden guides keep the saw aligned. An adjustment, called “kilter,” can be made that allows the top of the saw to tilt slightly forward so that as the blade progresses downward, it advances into the log.