K-10 & Evening Star Road Eudora, KS 66025

(816) 896-5170


My name is Tom and I'm a sawyer... Tom The Sawyer


Tom The Sawyer

Portable Sawmill Service

I have been a woodworker for more than 50 years.  I was always looking for nice wood to use for my projects but the cost of hardwood lumber seemed pretty high.  About 30 years ago I had the chance to salvage a couple of small cottonwood logs and started looking for a sawmill.   Some mills wouldn't bother with a small number of logs, others wouldn't touch "residential logs" (yard trees, urban timber, etc.) due to the potential for metal in the logs.  I finally found a small circular sawmill that agreed to saw them for me.  A lot of that cottonwood ended up as sawdust on the floor of the mill but the resulting boards became a writing desk for my daughter and I have been looking for logs ever since.


Salvaging logs from storm damage or construction sites, I quickly learned that sawing with a bandsaw mill preserved more of that precious resource.  I was always on the lookout for someone willing to saw my logs.  I would load the logs on a small trailer by hand and haul them home.  When I had enough logs to make the trip worthwhile, I would haul them to a bandsaw mill.  If I was really fortunate, I would find a portable bandsaw mill that would come to my home and we would mill the logs in my driveway.


As a member of the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild, I even did a couple of programs on small scale harvesting of local logs, milling, and air drying "Urban Lumber."


In 2009 I retired after 31 years in law enforcement and started looking for a portable sawmill.  I bought a Timberking B-20 bandsaw mill in the Fall of 2009 and started custom milling in the Spring of 2010.  I still look forward to opening every log.  They are like presents, sometimes you get socks, sometimes you get the neatest thing ever !


Being retired enables me to have my own business doing something I really enjoy.  I don't have 'business hours' as such.  I don't work every day but I will work any day of the week.  All of my milling is done by appointment - either at my home or at the client's site.  Weekend appointments fill up more quickly, it is easier for my clients to find friends to help out.  Weather conditions may restrict when I will mill.  Running a sawmill in the mud, snow, bitter cold or extreme heat is no fun and I want your milling day to be a positive experience (and, did I mention, I am retired).


Whether you have a big pile of logs, or perhaps just a sentimental tree that you want to preserve as an heirloom, I will do what I can to get the most suitable boards from your logs.