Little Lumberjock in my lumber yard

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Project by Div posted 05-26-2010 11:12 PM 4487 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is how I get most of my timber. I built the sawmill some time ago when I realized two things: Wood is expensive and I always want more than I can afford. Sawmills are expensive and the only way to have one was to build the thing. It took some head scratching and many hours but now I saw boards up to 24” wide and 16 feet long. It is hard work but I can cut what I want and off course I save plenty $$! In fact, the mill has become an extra source of income.
The power source is a 22hp 2 cylinder petrol engine and the mill is portable. At one stage I took the mill to the woodlot but now it is stationary in an open shed. Depending on the number of logs, I will have it delivered; otherwise I fetch with my 19yesterday Ford truck. (If I can get it to go!)
Oh, the little lumberjack is my 7 year old daughter. These days she and her 10 year old sister are my only assistants.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 11:21 PM

Great looking mill….and assistant. Who said work couldn’t be fun, productive and inexpensive.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 11:44 PM

Super mill, it’s great to the youngsters participate and spend time together.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 12:15 AM

that’s awesome! i’m jealous, all i’ve got around here are shitty useless palm trees!

Wish I could create my own supply of material.

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 12:40 AM

Wish list item for me. I also have to have the area to put. Glad to see you can save money and make money at the same time.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 05-27-2010 01:02 AM

now THAT is how to get your stock

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#6 posted 05-27-2010 01:07 AM

Nice mill, I wish I had one. All I use is a chainsaw to cut boards.

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#7 posted 05-27-2010 02:07 AM

Very Cool. Impressed that you made it from scratch.

-- Chris

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#8 posted 05-27-2010 05:39 AM

nice work… wish I had one of those…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 05-27-2010 05:49 AM

Great looking mill. You have the greatest assistants a guy can have. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 05-27-2010 10:15 AM

Time spent well that has to be fun!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 05-27-2010 03:39 PM

Great job on the sawmill, I like that powered carriage on the saw. Everything from the log holding spikes to
the guide rails is solid and functional. From the looks of the machine, either you or a friend is a good machinist
and welder. Makes me wonder if I could finagle something like that. Hope you and you helpers have fun with
the wood for a long time.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 05-27-2010 03:44 PM

Great way to save / make money and to spend time with your family.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 05-27-2010 06:19 PM

Awesome set-up!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 05-27-2010 07:17 PM

Div, no wonder you are putting out such lovely projects, perfect assistants and awesome machinery.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#15 posted 05-27-2010 09:39 PM

Hey Guys and girls, thanks for all the comments. Love my assistants, just wish they had bigger muscles for moving them heavy logs.
@bluepine38: Did all the work myself, most of it is commonly available steel sections, bits & pieces. Had a machine shop make the blade guide rollers and wheel axles. All you really need is common sense and PERSISTENCE. Welding is not so difficult, if you can woodwork, then you can steelwork. It’s just dirtier and noisier! You welcome to PM me if you want more info.
@cher : It’s actually my two fairies who does all the pretty work, but don’t tell anyone!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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