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The Sawmill #1: A new beginning

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 533 days ago 1437 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Up to this point I have used an Alaskan Chainsaw Mill to cut all of my wood. It was slow, but fine for what I was doing. As time has progressed I can no longer cut fast enough to keep up with orders. So last fall I decided to get a bandsawmill. BBecause I am a cheapskate and a DIY’r I decided to build my own. I bought the parts for the saw assembly as a unit. It’s the frame and track that I am building.

Got all of the steel here today for the sawmill. Hopefully start assembly tomorrow afternoon. A friend of mine is one of those welders that is truly an artist at what he does. He is doing all of the welding for me. Of course he is expecting some furniture for payment.

Right now it takes 2-3 hours to cut up a log. That should drop to 20-30 minutes a log. Also getting the shop set up to be easier to move in. Start of a new adventure.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability



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Dallas

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#1 posted 533 days ago

Good Luck Monte, I hope all goes well for you.

What model and HP did you get?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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JSB

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#2 posted 533 days ago

Man-o-man. Looking forward to the rest of this series. I’m all about making your own tools if possible. You just took it to a much larger scale though :)

Keep’em coming Monte.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 533 days ago

Sounds like a winner..Now we can hopefully see some photos of it in use…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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jaykaypur

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#4 posted 533 days ago

Sounds like a good move up in your tools available. You will really be able to ‘git ‘er done’ now! Looking forward to the pics too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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PittsburghTim

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#5 posted 533 days ago

Monte,

Can’t wait to see it go together. Will it be portable or stationary?

Good Luck,

Tim

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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Don W

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#6 posted 533 days ago

Good for you!! As much as I like building stuff, I opted to buy my saw mill. I weighed the parts price and the purchase price and it never seemed to make sense.

Going from the alaskian mill to a bandsaw mill is quit a jump. Your back will thank you!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 533 days ago

Not easily portable, but still portable. I should be able to move it as needed.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 533 days ago

I’m anxiously awaiting pictures of the entire build as it happens! 20-30 minutes to cut up a log! That just sucks!!! It takes me almost that many hours!

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

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 533 days ago

Dallas, 16 hp with electric starter. Tired of pull start. I am supposed to be able to cut a 36 inch log. The bed is 20 feet long and can be broke into 2 sections.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Don W

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#10 posted 533 days ago

well, it doesn’t take much to move a 36” x 20’ log anyhow. :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Dallas

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#11 posted 533 days ago

Monte, If it doesn’t work out for you Andy and I will gladly take it off your hands…. at a significant discount of course! LOL.

Glad to see you going ahead with this!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 533 days ago

I have bobcat to move logs. I don’t expect to see many that big, but I like the capacity just in case.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Don Broussard

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#13 posted 533 days ago

You’ll also save a bunch of wood from each cutting just from the smaller kerf. I hope you have a nice drying area for all your new cuttings. Congrats on the new tool, Monte!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Monte Pittman

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#14 posted 533 days ago

There’s 2 more tool postings coming that are designed to compliment the sawmill.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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John Blunt

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#15 posted 533 days ago

Good for you! I would love to have the space to do the same.

-- Seattle John, http://www.isgoodwoodworks.com/index.php

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