Here are some beautiful examples to highlight the differences between bandsaw finish and standard mill finish. Mill finish, as shown in the photos below, is a much more rustic and rough-looking finish, with visible saw marks adding character and interest. Mill-finish is not the best option for every project. Bandsaw finish provides a “clean face” to work with, leaving you the option to finish the pieces further (such as sanding, painting, or staining) or simply enjoy the natural weathering process of the wood.
Bandsaw finish removes 1/8″ from each face. For example, a 6″ x 6″ post would be actual size 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″.