Ingenious Portable Sawmill Lets One Person Turn Trees Into Timber

An Ingenious Portable Sawmill Lets One Person Turn Trees Into Lumber

Not knowing how to turn a tree into shelter is one of those life skills that I'm ashamed not to have -- despite the fact that I'll probably never need to know. To my delight, a Swedish company has invented a sawmill that makes the process almost foolproof.

The Logosol Sawmill M8 is a new device -- unveiled at the German Holz-Handwerk trade show in March -- that's light enough to be carried into the woods by a single person. Then, a brilliantly-engineered set of gadgets let that single person lift, secure and plane a raw trunk into perfectly flat boards.