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 http://www.first285.com