New skill acquired, I welded a winch support stand for my sawmill

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Blog entry by HalDougherty posted 03-04-2011 03:41 AM 3497 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent the day metal working… But it’s going to make my woodworking easier. I needed a way to lift big logs onto my sawmill and to turn them while sawing. So, I took some steel channel material and some flat stock and welded them into a support stand. Now that I’ve made one welding project, I have many more projects that I’ll need to weld. Now that the metal work is finished, I’ll add a 4” X 6” white oak beam to the bottom steel plate to fit under the sawmill. Also the winch will be fitted to a white oak 1” board as a spacer between the steel plate and the winch.

Look close and you can see the welds I made… Woops, they are all hidden under things or in shadows. Some of the welds are not too pretty, so when I get better I’ll show them. My next project will be a log arch to move logs from my woodlot to the sawmill. A 35” X 16’ log weighs about 3500 lbs and isn’t easy to move safely. But that same log, cut into lumber will result in close to 1000 bft of lumber for me to use for projects to post here on Lumberjocks.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 03:51 AM

Nice job Hal; that will make loading/turning large logs much safer and easier!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 04:06 AM

nice. I wish i had a mill, have lots of fun. Post some pics of the wood you mill.

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 04:36 AM

If you take some close up’s I could tell you if they are cold or too hot ,if your going to slow or what.If you want help let me know Is it arc mig or ?

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 12:19 PM

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There are two mills very much like mine for sale near me for about 1/2 what I paid for a new one. This one is the same model I have and is just South of Knoxville, TN and about 1/2 mile from exit 354 on I-40 heading toward Nashville.


This one is in Gate City, VA and it has a band sharpener and setter with it.
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I’m using an arc welder. I’m afraid part of the welds were too hot and part too cold. I did a pretty good job when both pieces of metal were the same thickness, but the angle supports were much thinner and I had a hard time getting the thick base hot enough while not burning the thin angle I used for the support. The top was welded to the vertical channel and didn’t need any angle to stiffen the joint. I just ran out of channel. It’s time for another run to the junk yard.


-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 04:07 PM

Very nice upgrade! Thanks for sharing with us.

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#6 posted 03-06-2011 03:41 PM

Hal, Thats definely a back saver, a few years ago when I had my two sons around, they helped alot, but getting older Ive got to come up with a winch system also. Im not sure if I may go with a overhead beam style, Ive got a remote control winch, just need to saw some beams. Keeps us informed how things are going.

-- Gary

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