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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 09-04-2017 11:02 AM 2216 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi guys,

The holidays have been a mix of cleaning, finishing the bedroom, and general sorting out of stuff, among which getting the workshop in more of a workshop state than it was so far! I also bought me some big boys machinery, namely a really big drill press (blue thing on the picture) and a XY table (the red thing on the picture), so now I have a metalworking mill for things to come. Here’s how I left the sawmill this time :

This part of the sawmill build was so critical and stressful that I really didn’t take the time to take any pictures, it was all like : check for squareness, clamp, tack weld, check again, fix, weld, grind, weld some more, grind again… my stick-welding skills have improved a lot this summer, not yet to the point that I’m able to get it right on the first time, but almost. Long story short, I only have this one picture to share with you guys, of the finished frame. No crappy iPhone picture this time, I shot it with the big DSLR.

Next I will fit the gears and motor that rotate the threaded rods which raise and lower the cutting head. Then it will be onto some woodworking to prepare the templates for the ~ 20” (50 cm) cast aluminium wheels that will receive the blade. Until next time, bear with me…

Cheers!

Thomas

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...



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Schwieb

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#1 posted 09-04-2017 02:11 PM

Hi Thomas, Looking good. I really appreciate a physicist that can actually make things. Love the drill press. I’ve been terrible about posting things. Right now I am in the process of reorganizing the shop. Making hard choices about what to keep and what to pitch. I have sooooo much small pieces that I hate to throw out but it’s becomming clutter. Best wishes.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Porchfish

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#2 posted 09-04-2017 02:34 PM

You go dude ! that is a hell of a good start ! I am envious as hell…Ever want to test the finished product out, I have 6+ acres of hardwoods with a handful of GIANT pines…Havana Fl. Good start on your mill !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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shipwright

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#3 posted 09-04-2017 03:22 PM

With all that precision you should be able to cut 1.5 mm “boards” Thomas. Now all you need is a stockpile of priceless exotic hardwoods. ...... :-)
Nice to see you out of the lab and playing in the shop. We need balance in our lives and you seem to be getting it right.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Sodabowski

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#4 posted 09-04-2017 08:37 PM

@Ken : choices, choices! I burnt so many smaller pieces of pine this summer that I sure can relate! I’m in the process of letting the guys at the university know about all that stuff that I built over the years by the way, physicists can actually build things that work! Sometimes ;)

@Don : that’s a long ride from Southern France! I’d have to add built-in floaters to the sawmill, a propeller, and a bike to make it turn! Wait, I’d have immigration issues with the US administration… may I get parachuted to your place by a russian spy cargo-plane? ;)

@Paul : that’s quite the plan buddy! I’ll try something that has never been done before on a bandsaw to give perfectly smooth cuts every single time. Plus it will double as a very wide planer (will have to make a custom helical head though). My goal is to get results consistent with those of the guys at George’s. Minus the great lumber as far as availability goes … but I do have some nice local spalted wood. Mind you, I actually have grown my lab, which is also in the shop! Bought a boatload of tools this year, be it for wood, metal or chemistry! Oh, the love of beauty… :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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shipwright

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#5 posted 09-05-2017 12:20 AM

Looking forward to the results. BTW! I could help you with making a seaworthy vessel out of it but that wouldn’t help the immmigration issues …... :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Sodabowski

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#6 posted 09-05-2017 08:54 AM

Maybe with the proper flag and boat name (“mad scientist’s ark”) they wouldn’t mind letting me in… :D

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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