He's back at it again - Milling Dimensional lumber from Redwood logs with a Turbo Sawmill!

  • Published on Jan 21, 2019
  • Logs to Lumber - Safely living in a Redwood forest clearing is a continual cycle, producing lumber for maintaining buildings and tending forest health. I transitioned from 30 years of using a homemade Alaskan Mill to milling dimensional lumber with a Turbo Sawmill. Hope to keep doing it for the next 30 years! Filmed by Julie Joynt.

Comments • 84

  • Денис Некрасов

    The voice of operator seems doesn't changes, soft and tender......

  • gary24752
    gary24752 Month ago

    Why does the blade have so few tips?

    • David Groth
      David Groth  Month ago

      You would have to ask Jake at Turbo Sawmill. All I know is that the mill blade cuts like butter.

  • Dena Redford
    Dena Redford 2 months ago +1

    I enjoyed the video thank you for filming .

  • rory lobban
    rory lobban 2 months ago

    The trouble with producing videos while trying to get something done, you have to do everything yourself even though you have someone else there.

  • JJ JJ
    JJ JJ 2 months ago

    any 3 " thick?

  • Olivier
    Olivier 2 months ago +1

    I was waiting for a new video for a long time :) Thanks for this one! This sawmill looks great!

  • TheJrmelo11
    TheJrmelo11 2 months ago

    milling starts at 22:00 do yourself a favor and play it on mute at 2x speed lol

  • TheJrmelo11
    TheJrmelo11 2 months ago

    tell this lady to shut up and film we dont need the questions and comments constantly lol or just cut all the sound out in post and put some music

  • Ham68
    Ham68 2 months ago +1

    Great video and nice sawmill. Only issue I have with that type of sawmill, (manually reset the blade), if that guard ever comes loose, your leg is toast. Better design if the blade tilted away from you instead of towards you.
    Love the wood. Cheers :)

  • Alan Smith
    Alan Smith 2 months ago +2

    What a fantastic milling machine, a pleasure to watch, great video

  • Samuel Luria
    Samuel Luria 2 months ago +1

    Okay, but, get a oversized cant hook, and that log will roll right up quite easily and accurately.

  • Samuel Luria
    Samuel Luria 2 months ago +3

    Wow, what a nice surprise!!! That famous original video was always one of my favorite! The equally famous beautiful narration not being the least of reasons. Glad to see that not only are you "back", but that you are more at it than ever, and you kept the great narrator!

    • Samuel Luria
      Samuel Luria 14 days ago +1

      jujoynt - Wow!!! It's really YOU?!?!? I am honored! You're famous!!! Best narrator EVER!

    • jujoynt
      jujoynt 14 days ago +1

      Thanks Samuel - I love filming David at work and assisting drawing out the wealth of knowledge, with my questions and comments!

  • Henry Etter
    Henry Etter 2 months ago

    A real shame to see all that Redwood go like this and i'm not a " Tree hugger"

    • Adam Jubinville
      Adam Jubinville 2 months ago +1

      Henry Etter old growth redwood is protected and not allowed to be harvested. “Young” growth is harvested for a multitude of reasons, one being to help old growth trees stay healthy and storing as well as giving the other younger trees more nutrients in the soil by not having to fight with other tees

  • Joseph Klein
    Joseph Klein 2 months ago

    I am completely uneducated when it comes to lumbering/harvesting trees. I have one question and im sorry if it sounds stupid but i would really like to know. Isnt it illegal to harvest redwood trees anymore? I remember watching a cable TV show that showed the "loggers" harvesting deadfall and very old stumps that were cut many many years ago by the look of them because they were not allowed to harvest standing redwoods. I am just curious because i enjoy your videos and enjoy learning about this field of work.
    Perhaps you are familiar with what im talking about and can explain what i have mixed up?
    Thank you.
    And by the way that is absolutely beautiful wood!

    • Joseph Klein
      Joseph Klein 2 months ago

      I see. Thank you to all who explained. I love to watch these types of videos plus all the woodworking and turning videos. So much talent out there. I only wish i could have even just a small amount of it!

    • Adam Jubinville
      Adam Jubinville 2 months ago

      Joseph Klein old growth redwoods, so roughly 500 to a thousand years old, are protected and can’t be harvested. “Young” growth trees are harvested to help keep those old growth trees healthy and strong, as well as to leave more nutrients in the soil for other younger trees to obtain. Thinning the forest but taking SOME young trees will allow the old growth and other young ones not harvested a chance to obtain more nutrients without competition so to speak.

    • Joseph Klein
      Joseph Klein 2 months ago

      Thank you, and yes these had to be old growtn redwoods. The stumps that were in the tv show im talking about were unbelievably large. I mean huge like in the old time pictures they show from way back in the day,. They turned them into beautiful things. One that comes to mind was a hube table top. They had to dig the stumps out of the ground and then take them out of the woods on flatbed trucks. Im assuming those types of redwoods are no longer available for harvest?

    • David Groth
      David Groth  2 months ago +1

      I think it would be difficult getting the necessary permits to harvest old growth redwoods...especially since most of what is left is in parks. No it isn’t illegal to harvest redwoods.

  • fha gerber
    fha gerber 2 months ago +3

    This is one kickass mill nice video

  • peter konitzer
    peter konitzer 2 months ago +1

    Love your termination.Hope you have a washing machine

  • bill bergovoy
    bill bergovoy 2 months ago

    how many people does it take to change a light bub... 10... 1 to climb the ladder, and 9 to spin the ladder around the bulb. or maybe 29,000, 000,000 1 person to climb the ladder the rest to spin the world under the bulb...

    dude. wtf.. seriously? orient the log by centering the mass of the log under the saw evenly, cut ur depths/thickness u want, and rip the boards to width... the amount of 'waste' or in-efficient cuts is so negligible on a user such as urself it wont matter.. lumber mills worry cause pennies add up... so they minimize waste as long as it doesnt cost more to level, center, go back/forth, raise, lower, and spend hours trying to get one more stick...

    especially when u are talking about a log that is wider at the bottom and u know u will have excess material on 1/3 of the log.

    carpentry tolerance is no more then 1/8"... and u r looking to beat 1/16" on a milling job....

    thumbs down for thinking u r doing something better then others

  • Arif Bacchus
    Arif Bacchus 2 months ago

    Nice mill
    What the cost for one of the mill

    • David Groth
      David Groth  2 months ago

      You can find the prices here turbosawmill.com/automated/

  • James Moe
    James Moe 2 months ago +5

    You did a great job milling that redwood into outstanding lumber! I love the smell of freshly milled redwood.

  • IncognitoTorpedo
    IncognitoTorpedo 2 months ago +1

    Nice work. This seems a lot harder than a bandsaw mill. The only difference is that the bandsaw mill just slabs the log, So you would have to rip the slabs at some point I guess your mill has the advantage of the dimensional lumber being light enough that one guy can lift one. With my back, I wouldn't want to try to lift one of those wet 4x8s, much less a 16/4 slab!

      TURBOSAWMILL Month ago

      IncognitoTorpedo I like that you mentioned the only difference is you have to rip the slabs lol. I’m just imagining all the re-handling all the slabs to convert them into boards... I don’t understand where you got to the conclusion this is harder. 2 cuts and you have a light weight finished board to remove.

    • Mad Man Marine
      Mad Man Marine 2 months ago +1

      IncognitoTorpedo these mills are actually light years ahead of a bandsaw. One of the main advantages is that you don't move the log once it's where it needs to be. Imagine having to roll that log three or four times on your bandsaw mill. The reason it took so long is because that redwood log is so expensive. So he is trying to maximize every piece. Another advantage in a swing saw is that you get a dimensional piece of lumber for ever down and back pass.

  • Mark Camaro
    Mark Camaro 2 months ago +1

    It that called a swing blade mill?? Seems like the blade guard should be bigger, looks very dangerous

  • dreifear
    dreifear 2 months ago +1

    Hurrah! I keep coming back to your old series. Looking forward to a load more,please!

  • Jason Thomas
    Jason Thomas 2 months ago

    Take a couple cut off slabs and put it under your next cut. Might save your chain a little wear when you hit the dirt.

  • Robert Herzog
    Robert Herzog 2 months ago +1

    Pour a concrete slab that you can mount a removable winch to, then winch the logs up instead of pulling with the 4-wheeler. The spikes in the log ends for an axle mentioned lower in the comments would be a good idea too.

    • ben davidson
      ben davidson 2 months ago +1

      Looks like he does ever thing the hard way

  • 468Strings
    468Strings 2 months ago

    Novice question from a rookie woodworker here...do you commercially recycle all that sawdust and shavings?

    • David Groth
      David Groth  2 months ago

      I use the sawdust around the base of rhododendrons and garden paths.

  • ben gordon
    ben gordon 2 months ago

    Leave the narrator inside next time. Geezus

  • Alejandro Cantu
    Alejandro Cantu 2 months ago +1

    David and Julie thank you for videos great work.

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  • allen long
    allen long 2 months ago

    cant you compress all that saw dust and shavings into fire logs or pellets ?

  • Ken Ostermeier
    Ken Ostermeier 2 months ago

    This machine is a joke!

  • J Crows
    J Crows 2 months ago +1

    This video was about 10 minutes too short. Beautiful lumber. Great skill!

    • jujoynt
      jujoynt 14 days ago

      SO glad you enjoyed it!

  • IronMikeUSMC
    IronMikeUSMC 2 months ago +1

    Has it really been two years since your last post. The videos are great. Great content.

  • Offgrid.se
    Offgrid.se 2 months ago +1

    Your sawmill is awesome. I got a little chainsaw mill that I made a video with a while ago, but yours is amazing. Have a great Wednesday, Andreas from Off Grid Sweden 🇸🇪

  • Sir Wally Gator
    Sir Wally Gator 2 months ago +1

    You made setting up this log way way more complicated then you needed to.. Like wow, if this is how you do it all the time holy waste of time...

    • Brian Locke
      Brian Locke 2 months ago

      Lol its a lot simpler measre pith to pith either side and get sawing he did a lot more than necessary also the beam is usually never level u don't want it perfectly level line the beam up with the log and skip all the overthinking. And chalk the log before everything.

    • Michael De Petro
      Michael De Petro 2 months ago

      Yes I agree with you. A band saw mill is the way to go for me. Plop it up in the tracks, lock it down and start sawing.

  • oned4metwo
    oned4metwo 2 months ago +1

    Enjoyed watching it.

  • Brian Ballard
    Brian Ballard 2 months ago

    That seems to use the patented design of the Australian Lewisaw

      TURBOSAWMILL 2 months ago

      Brian Ballard lol (Snopes check required).

  • wes c
    wes c 2 months ago +1

    Would love to have a couple of truck load of those logs. Would make a great house.

  • bwillan
    bwillan 2 months ago +2

    Goes to show that with some planning and forethought, one is able to maximize the yield of high quality timber from a log. I'm jealous that you have ready access to some beautiful redwood trees to mill into lumber.

  • ravenhhca
    ravenhhca 2 months ago +1

    I relate to what you are doing as I operate a D&L SwingBlade

  • Jeff Mays
    Jeff Mays 2 months ago +1

    Dang, put the camera on a tripod n go grab the other end of those boards will ya, lol.

  • metamud
    metamud 2 months ago +4

    time for a composting toilet with all that sawdust. :-)

  • Tim Gimeno
    Tim Gimeno 2 months ago +1

    Another great video! Really nice to see new videos David!! Really enjoy watching these and your knowledge and precision is impressive!!

  • Mickleblade
    Mickleblade 2 months ago

    why do you a circ saw mill instead of a bandsaw mill?, or did I miss that.

    • Adam Jubinville
      Adam Jubinville 2 months ago

      Easier and more efficient way to get dimensional lumber. Bandsaw mills are good for slabbing.

    • David Groth
      David Groth  2 months ago +2

      A bandsaw mill is a very different kind of cutting process...a swingblade fits my purposes best.

  • Douglas MacLean
    Douglas MacLean 2 months ago +1

    great video. nice mill. loved it.

  • drmachinewerke1
    drmachinewerke1 2 months ago +1

    The knowledge he is showing here on you tube. This is what the young kids need to be watching. In my opinion this is better than watching a Hogan’s Hero’s show

    • Robin Lessard
      Robin Lessard 2 months ago +1

      Careful now , you're showing your age ! I Loved that show. I sometimes call my boss colonel clink, he has no idea why. LOL !!

  • drmachinewerke1
    drmachinewerke1 2 months ago +6

    Drive a spike with a piece of chain and a washer into the ends .
    Hook a chain from each end to the 4 wheeler. There you go.
    I do this with hay bails.
    I use a riding mower.
    By placing the washer on the spike first. Then run spike through chain. And drive into the end. Acts as a bearing
    I’m sure you may have done this before.

    • Adam Jubinville
      Adam Jubinville 2 months ago

      drmachinewerke1 works great. I move anything cylindrical this way. Well stuff I can ram a spike in anyway lol

  • John Grytbakk
    John Grytbakk 2 months ago +1

    Always enjoyable and interesting.

  • Jim Doherty
    Jim Doherty 2 months ago +6

    Julie you need to tell him he’s a fricking legend

  • Blaise Brogan
    Blaise Brogan 2 months ago +5

    Great to see a new video these have always been some of my favourites on youtube, very inspiring. Love to you both

  • Ignacio Segarra
    Ignacio Segarra 2 months ago +4

    You're doing pretty good, from an Alaskan chainsaw to a saw that can chainsaw Alaska.

  • 009to090
    009to090 2 months ago +6

    Kudos to Julie for Videoing and drawing the information out of David with constant questions. I bet David enjoys the new Turbo Sawmill. It looks alot faster than the Alaskan.

  • Texas Veteran Power Outdoors

    Glad to see you back :) great job as always

  • Larry Hutcherson Sr
    Larry Hutcherson Sr 2 months ago +13

    I'm happy to see you are back to making videos. This was a great demonstration and I liked all the details on the setup.

  • T D
    T D 2 months ago +3

    Thanks For The New Video David! Blessings and Aloha to You!

  • John Brady
    John Brady 2 months ago +3

    Julie Joynt is back again! I love her interviews and her accent. Julie you have excellent interviews and documentaries. You get the information out of your subjects by drawing it out with questions and observations. Great camera work I might add.
    You should have your subjects point the camera at you or put it on a tripod so we can see you as you sum up what happened in the video.

    • jujoynt
      jujoynt 2 months ago +1

      Thank you John - yes, I think it came together well. My favorite part of the video is where David is rolling the 2500 pound log up the hill with the ATV. Who ever would have thought of that!

    • David Groth
      David Groth  2 months ago +1

      I agree! Julie is great and we enjoy working together. Bring on the tripod!

  • Chris Larson
    Chris Larson 2 months ago +4

    Nice mill!

  • Jay Roller
    Jay Roller 2 months ago +3

    Thank you very much for the new video!