Closer to making my own lumber

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Project by Built2Last posted 07-23-2009 05:38 AM 5519 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got my bandsaw mill built last week, (man, I’m tired of welding, ready to turn my shop back the woodworking) but before I can cut lumber I needed a way to move the tracks to where I’m going to set it up and to handle the logs. This is what I came up with. It is really ugly!!!!!
It’s built from a few pieces I had left over from the mill but mostly from scrap stuff I had picked up here and there. The only thing I had to buy was the hubs. I built it wide enough to stradle the tracks so that I can just back big logs over the tracks and set them down. The log in the picture is a 12 1/2 foot walnut log that’s 22 inches in diameter on the smaill end and it picked it up real easy. Most trailer’s I’ve seen like this use a winch but I didn’t want to spend the money for one so I made it up to use a scissor jack. I still need to paint it, Maybe now I can get the mill setup and be sawing lumber it a couple of days. Let me know what you think about it.

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 06:13 AM

That looks great! Where’s the film clip?

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#2 posted 07-23-2009 01:23 PM

The tree doesn’t care how ugly it is.

I applaud your creativity.

Hope you get lots of enjoyment out of it.

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 01:39 PM

I built a sawmill also but the guides didn’t work right and its been sitting for a while. If yours works well and you are willing I’d like a idea on the blade guides.

-- Jeff,

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 01:53 PM

Hey, jeffl. I let you know when I get it going.

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#5 posted 07-23-2009 03:52 PM

Well design log hauler time to get a ripping.

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#6 posted 07-23-2009 04:08 PM

great inovation ,
makes me jealous .
however , the only trees we got around here ,
are pine ,
so i leave it to the 6 sawyers around to make planks .

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#7 posted 07-23-2009 06:02 PM

That is a nice compliment to your mill that you built. It looks like you are ready to start cutting.

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#8 posted 07-23-2009 08:28 PM

I’m impressed

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#9 posted 07-23-2009 10:10 PM

I wish I had one of those but then all my trees I own I like too much to cut down and also I am struggling for storage room as it is.You lucky little demon with the eyes and smile tooAlistair

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#10 posted 07-24-2009 12:46 AM

That is so sweet!... You have my address to mail me the Walnut right?

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#11 posted 07-24-2009 12:49 AM

gotta love child labor in the last pic

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#12 posted 07-28-2009 04:02 PM

Great job! Man I’d love to have a band mill.

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#13 posted 08-04-2009 04:34 AM

Good looking log arch. I”ve gota learn how to weld… Harbor Frieght has a 3000 lb electric winch for $59.99.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#14 posted 03-08-2010 11:28 PM

wow, backyard mechanics at their best… looks cool… hope it works well for you…

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#15 posted 08-06-2011 04:15 PM

great idea and well designed! Is that for ur own property, or is it road worthy? looks like you would need to have it front heavy to be able to cable it up from the neck? Im curious if you try not to center the main chain, and you try to chain it rear of middle, to allow the front to stay heavy?? Any info? thanks


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