New sawmill/slabbing mill

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Blog entry by WoodLe posted 03-10-2013 02:53 AM 19974 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished up my new slabbing mill today that I have been working on the last 3 months or so. It was very rewarding to finally fire it up and start cutting. All the extra hours of research, planning, locating small parts, and getting parts machined that I couldn’t find anywhere else, have finally paid off. This mill so far has exceeded my expectations and is fun to use. It was so much fun and faster than my old mill that I almost forgot to take pictures! This mill can cut up to 68 inches wide and is powered by a 20HP Kohler engine. It is an electric start with an electric clutch. Also 12volt power raise and lower. I cut another walnut today with some very nice crotch figure. Here is a couple pictures.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 03:33 AM

I may now have a use for my old crapsman mower. The 26 HP Briggs and Stratton runs great but the rest is crap. Where did you find plans for this? It came out looking great!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 03:42 AM

There are no plans available. I work in a welding shop and I designed it as it was built.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-10-2013 12:22 PM

What a great machine . Over the years I have used a band mill and a circular blade and found I like the circular 52’’ blade with a tractor engine for power only because when I mill the wood later I don’t have to plane a 1/2 off the surface because the circular blade cut thru a log so much straighter. It cuts a 1/4 saw cut but it keep a straight path thru the log never a wavy path. So I less milling on the slabs later. This is a beautiful machine though . Keep up the goos work. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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Don W

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 01:00 PM

This mill can cut up to 68 inches wide

Now that’s a log!! I’d like to see pictures when you cut that one. I thought it was cool when I cut my first 21”.

Nice job on the build.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 02:06 AM

I want one of these soooo bad!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 12:13 AM

What a nice slicer

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 04:08 PM

Sweet mill! And oh how I envy your skills!

I will have to stop in to see your setup when I visit my family back in Centerburg. I do some of my material shopping at Keim Lumber when I work back there. It looks like once I hit Millersburg it is about as easy to get to you as Charm.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 03-13-2013 12:07 AM

Would love to have you stop in, Todd. Hopefully in the next couple of months I will have a lot more in my slab inventory. I accumulated quite a few logs while I was building my new mill. Now that it is done, I need to get rolling.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#9 posted 03-25-2017 01:52 PM

I have been working on one of these for about 2 months now, how did you sprocket the jack shaft? I’m. Worried about picking the wrong chainsaw bar ,chain, and sprocket combo and wasting money. im only planning on running a 30 inch bar for portability because I plan on taking the mill into the woods on an ATV.

-- Bad Crayon Studio

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#10 posted 05-21-2017 01:44 PM

I too would like to get more information on the bar,chain,and sprocket combo.

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