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Old 01-24-2010, 11:45 AM   #511
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Thanks Keith for this great thread. I had to go and price out a lumber mill. Around 4,500 Euro for a starter. Out of my price range. Too bad I can't pick logs up out of the street. I might give it a shot with a chain saw some time. I've read up a little on this. We do have lots of woods around here with fir and beech. Keep posting the great stuff, dorf dude...

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Thanks Keith for this great thread. I had to go and price out a lumber mill. Around 4,500 Euro for a starter. Out of my price range. Too bad I can't pick logs up out of the street. I might give it a shot with a chain saw some time. I've read up a little on this. We do have lots of woods around here with fir and beech. Keep posting the great stuff, dorf dude...
Found a Norwood LumberLite 24 band sawmill with 8 HP Briggs & Stratton engine on Amazon.com for $3,299.99; however, at 483lbs, shipping to Germany might be high...
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shumaker, look at an "Alaska mill" attachment for your chain saw.
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Absolutely incredible what you are doing!

My wife is in awe over the pics that are here-not too interested in the 'hows'...
I have been following both you and Dorf in your 'passion plays'.
I especially love the use of 'floaters'. Have you thought about submerged timber in/around the area?

Keep up the good work and let me know if there is a gallery for the pics where I can take the wife to see the pics w/o the verbage...
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Shu: I replied to your thread about the mill...

Itsdanf: The basic Lumbermate is underpowered with the 8 h.p. engine, regardless of what Norwood might claim. And you need a bit more stuff to do a decent job of cutting than what you get for that price. If you only have very small logs though, that might be OK.

jlhaslip: They do work, but the effort is pretty high. Several of us here have tried them. OK possibly for a very minor amount of cutting, but if you need a supply of lumber, I wouldn't recommend one. Mine was on a 36" Husky.

Han'D': Thanks...as far as submerged logs go, I think that is usually limited to rivers. About the only thing here that would sink would be hemlock, and once they are on the bottom, you'd never get them back.

With apologies to your good wife, sorry, this is the only place you will find all this stuff.
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Got a visit from my pal at the other end of the island this morning. Seems he had found a nice big cedar, mostly clear, on a trip to Gabriola a couple of days ago. Would I be interested in the wood...what a silly question. I'll pick it up tomorrow if the weather's OK.

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I am starting to clear up the accumulation of wood all around the mill (about time too!) and here is a batch of firewood coming up in the lift.
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Had to spend a little time making sure I could get the best yield out of that 19' log, all of which will be going into the building of the bridge over the pond in the Japanese garden.
The first cut was just to make a flat wide enough to get three big boards for the main structure.
Tomorrow, if the weather holds, I'll have a go at getting the next wood out.
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When the logs are too big to turn on the log deck using a peavey, the log lift is pressed into service. Here you see a dog driven into the side of the log, and the chain from the hoist is brought under the log and clipped on. This will roll the log against the steel rods when it starts to turn.
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Here is the business side of things - the slack has been removed from the chain and the hoist will now start to move the log to the next position.
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It's really pretty easy to turn the log with the hoist, just yank on the chain and...
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When the log gets close to being completely turned over, it is necessary to check that the first cut is plumb. The level is held against the first cut while the last few short pulls are being made.
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Here the second side is cut. The slab has been taken off, plus a 2x plank, which will later be trimmed into a 2 x 8, or whatever the widest board is that can be taken out after the wane is removed.
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When the log is turned again, it is necessary to remove the log dog which was used to attach the chain hoist. Failing to do so could result in some serious damage to your blade, not to mention colouring the air in the immediate vicinity!
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Rather than try to engage in some form of heroics which I could not reasonably win, I decided to make the boards for the bridge just a little smaller than originally planned. The new size yields a weight of just over 220# per plank, assuming the wood to be dry. Since this has just come out of the ocean, obviously it isn't that dry.
I was quite surprised how easily I was able to slide the planks off the mill considering the weight. I'm not suggesting that they were light by any means, but neither were they as heavy as I expected.
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