LumberJONZ milling day out

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Blog entry by daltxguy posted 06-10-2009 12:58 PM 2327 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

lumberJONZ ( LumberJocks of New Zealand ) – ok, a small contingent anyway – got together for some fun with my new mill, a Peterson ATS swingmill portable sawmill. On a fine winter day, we hitched up the mill tucked into a 7×5 trailer and set it up around a short section of Paulownia on a small farm just outside Christchurch. The tree had been felled a couple of years earlier and mainly what was left was a short section off of the stump and a single trunk section. This was our first milling experience and it was good tree to start with. Nothing too valuable, relatively soft and light and pretty odd shaped so there was lots of practice trimming edges.

I’ll be making the permanent transition out of the city and out to the country, close to my forest block in about 5 weeks, so I’m going to become quite intimate with this mill. My hope is to generate a bit of income with portable milling other people’s logs as well as my own – and hopefully snag a lot of nice lumber in the meantime for my own woodworking projects.

The Paulownia trunk didn’t yield many boards but we did manage at least to produce a nice slab in the end for the log owners ( since this was practice and playing, no money changed hands and we left all the wood for the owner).

That’s me having a go at it.

Peterson ATS (All Terrain Saw ) portable sawmill. Here I am just about to flip the lever to put the circular saw in the vertical position for the return trip back, which then cuts the edge of the board

Paulownia slab just before the final cut off of the top. On a swingmill ( without a slabber attachment), a slab is cut by cutting off the top, flipping over, then cutting off the top again until the slab remains.

Fellow LJ Moshe ( Moshel )

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 01:22 PM

Its a 7X5 trailer!
we did take some timber samples and I am checking them now with all sort of finish. The timber plane and sands remarkably well, and it looks like oil finish goes very well on it.

The tree is also called Kiri in Japan

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 01:32 PM

Wow, what a machinery! Wish I had access to such a beast the last year when I had a few old plum and apricot trunks. Too bad your ATS is not portable enough to call you the next time when I need as I am on the opposite side of the globe :]

Thank you for sharing these photos Steve, really interesting.

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 03:04 PM

Looks like a bit of a monster! Good luck with the move to the country, save me a few slabs of rimu if you find some, maybe a bit of totara as well.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 03:28 PM

you forgot to ask for a slab of Matai….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 06-11-2009 05:42 AM

Moshe – 7×5 trailer – my mistake!

Sanyi ( wudpekker) – I would love to have milled your plum and apricot. I have a 20cm tall apricot tree growing next to me so maybe in 50 years, I will also be milling apricot. I hope to plant it this spring. I hope you planted some more in their place. You need to have plenty to make szilva and barack palinka!

kiwi1969 – No rimu in my forest, I do have matai ( and totara and kahikatea ) but these are off limits as my SFMP ( Sustainable Forest Management Plan) only covers the red & silver beech and a smattering of black/mountain beech

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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