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Blog entry by moshel posted 1416 days ago 2406 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you all know, Steve (daltxguy) is hosting some LJ’s for the weekend and will be using us as cheap slave labour to help him move a 6 Ton log of red beech that managed to get itself in the most inappropriate place.

as we can’t just cut the forest and we have no hydraulics, we need to go back in time and find how people did this kind of things 1000s of years ago. After ruling out some great ideas (enslaving Australia, Importing elephants, using horses), we resorted to leverage.

Basically, we are going to jack one side of the log up using car jacks, insert some round things underneath and pull it using block and tackle or a winch. we are also going to cut it to a more manageable size of ~2.5 meters which will bring the weight of each segment to 1.5T (estimated).

Now, for the winching part. we tried “come a long” and it was very scarry – its rated 2000lb but i think that only the label is rated that high.

so, Steve found another winch that was used in the re-construction of a castle in Czech:

the winch we are talking about appears for the first time in 0:47

Steve, having endless supply of logs, is trying to build one just like this. As I have access to dimensional timber I am trying to build this version:

We also got some strong ropes and all that remained to do was to build the winch….

To be continued real soon now, as I already built it partially.

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



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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 1416 days ago

You guys are just having too much fun! I love the video!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 1416 days ago

Excellent!!! – I love it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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patron

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#3 posted 1416 days ago

pretty cool !,

i couldn’t
understand
a words you said .

i thought you kiwis ,

spoke english , lol ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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moshel

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#4 posted 1416 days ago

Just to make things extra clear – I am not the guy in the video!!!!
what part confused you? (and I think the US and NZ are two countries separated by a common language)

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 1416 days ago

the vidio hadn´t come up yet (my side)
but you can always build a treadmille as they did in the dark midieval :-)
thatwood deffently do the job well…....lol

Dennis

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1416 days ago

fanstastic – I just like that vidioclip :-)
I love to see theese reconstructions of the old tools

thank´s for sharing it

Dennis

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mafe

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#7 posted 1416 days ago

Amazing, wish I could have been a slave there.
Thank you for sharing,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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davidroberts

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#8 posted 1415 days ago

so i guess getting the timbers through the front door was out of the question, assuming the castle has a front door, or a back door for that matter. glad to see others enjoying tromping around in mud.

-- God is Great, Wood is Good. nuff said.

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moshel

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#9 posted 1415 days ago

well, even if you got it through the front door, i am pretty sure the elevator was not working :-)

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

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Riz

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#10 posted 1405 days ago

That video was great! i want a man powered crane. Ok seriously i just love watching the way things were done back then and repeated today.

-- Paul "Riz" Erie, PA "Share your wisdom, it is the way to achieve immortality"

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