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Old 02-15-2019, 11:19 AM   #1
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I learned long time ago I was wasting my breath telling my oldest he couldn't do that, it's not possible. Like sawing 14" Mesquite logs, weighing around 400-500 lbs. on a 14" Jet bandsaw. Sure as Hell he is gonna do it because he's a DIY'er too. Dad was wrong again.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:30 AM   #2
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I've always wanted a large bandsaw just for that purpose. No mesquite around here.
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Is that at stock height or is there a riser block on it?
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That looks like he rebuilt the saw to his own specs. tell him well done.
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That looks like he rebuilt the saw to his own specs. tell him well done.
Thanks, I'll mention that to him.
Yes, he removed the saw base and built a wood base to match height for a couple of hell built for stout tables he uses in some manner. If it wasn't for a 7 hour drive I'd go give him some pointers. OH, should have said, keep my mouth shut but that's difficult to do.
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Thanks, I'll mention that to him.
Yes, he removed the saw base and built a wood base to match height for a couple of hell built for stout tables he uses in some manner. If it wasn't for a 7 hour drive I'd go give him some pointers. OH, should have said, keep my mouth shut but that's difficult to do.
I was looking at what looks like a frame extension.
Mine bolts together like this and they make 6 inch extension for it.
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I was looking at what looks like a frame extension.
Mine bolts together like this and they make 6 inch extension for it.
I believe those are called riser blocks and I see one listed for his Jet bandsaw, but it saws 14" so I suspect he doesn't need one. But, I did send him a link. Thanks


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How can a fellow get anything done when he has to play -catch me if you can- to get tools back.
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I've thought of making a saw guide for my chainsaw, to saw logs into rough lumber. There are many examples of the project on the internet, with greatly varying degrees of complexity. I saw a fancy one at a woodworking show too. Here in Georgia there are always trees getting cut down, with beautiful oak and other hardwoods being just chopped up for firewood.
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They sell attachments for chainsaws to remotely mill logs but it's my understanding they require a good size saw, one that is bigger than most diyers own or sold at a big box.


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Not DIY, but there's a ton of guys out there with those Wood Mizer portable mills looking for something to do. They can be hired pretty cheap and will give you much better results on the finished planks.
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Not DIY, but there's a ton of guys out there with those Wood Mizer portable mills looking for something to do. They can be hired pretty cheap and will give you much better results on the finished planks.
It would be interesting to read a few of those contracts/agreements.
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Around here most of those portable sawmill guys work on a handshake deal. Usually they are only on site for 1 day. They don't get many big jobs.
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It would be interesting to read a few of those contracts/agreements.
They either charge by the board foot or by the hour. I can't remember the rate from last time I had a sawyer on site, but there was no contract just an hourly rate and I think I paid maybe $1200 for a couple days of sawing that left me with about $12,000 worth of really nice big cedar planks. Enough to side my whole house and have left overs to sell off.
We were able to get boards 20" wide and 20' long that you can't even get from the lumber yard and even if you could they'd be crazy expensive.
The wood is fairly consistent after drying. A few boards have a 1/8" variation in thickness, but I think those were the first or last cuts where we were trying to milk some extra boards out of the logs or they were being rough sized/squared.
If you've just got a log or two, you can bring it to them and they'll mill it for less than what's charged to come to you.
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I wired an old school 100 HP Resaw with a 2 HP feed motor. It was awesome to watch it run. This one is similar, the one I wired was 12 ft tall.
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