Okay, this probably doesn't belong on this bulletin board, but I am not sure where else to go. Besides, we are an eclectic bunch, so someone might have a good answer or point me to a good bulletin board.
I want to harvest my own lumber and build a boat from it. Some of you may remember I asked about chainsaw lumber mills. I have searched the web for chainsaw lumber mills as well as bandmills. The bandmills are nice!
However, I don't have that much money, nor do I really want to invest that much for what in the end will be a small project, 20-30' cruising boat.
So I made myself an old fashioned bow-saw with a wooden frame using a camp saw blade. Does anyone know how to resharpen the blade for ripping purposes. Before I started resharpening the blade went almost nowhere no matter how much pressure I put on it. I filed the teeth flat like a rip saw without changing angle or fileing the raker teeeth. I finished a 2" thick slab 9'from an eastern red cedar tree in an hour or so. Of course I took breaks, came back after a while, etc.
Anybody have any ideas how to improve on what I did? I know I could buy a band saw blade, but which one, and who would sell me about 4'?