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Project by Barbara Gill posted 02-18-2011 10:41 PM 3269 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I had posted this. This is my wood-Mizer sawmill with a Red Oak log being quarter/rift sawn. Needless to say I was much younger and lighter when the picture was taken.

-- Barbara

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 10:44 PM


I’ve got a 35” X 30’ long red oak log in the woods right now that I’m going to saw just as soon as I move it to the mill. It fell in a windstorm two years ago. I checked it the other day and the sapwood is rotten, but the heartwood is solid as the day the wind blew it over. Then it’s going to make flooring for my house!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Barbara Gill

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 10:52 PM

Hal, that sounds awesome. Quartersawn Red Oak makes a beautiful floor.

-- Barbara

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Chris Wright

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 11:03 PM

I use to work for my old Scout master pulling the cuts off his Wood-Mizer mill. He was milling all the lumber for his new house off the property he owned. It was hard back breaking work, but I miss it some times.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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Barbara Gill

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 11:21 PM

Chris, I run the sawmill alone. The only time someone is there with me is when the occasional customer wants to help.

-- Barbara

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 02:07 AM


Is your sawmill set up with hydraulics? Or are you so muscular that you can move your logs onto the mill with a cant hook alone? [You don’t look like a bruiser. ;-) ]

We have a sawyer come to our house occasionally with his bandsaw mill and saw logs for us. His is set up with hydraulics which makes the job considerably easier. (It is really quite easy for me; my husband moves the lumber off the mill . . . but I do help him move the lumber when the sawyer leaves and we sticker it.)

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Barbara Gill

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 02:32 AM

My first sawmill did not have hydraulics, this one does so turning the logs is easier. Off loading can get challenging sometimes. I have been doing it so long that I think I have learned all the tricks.
I used to use one of the farm tractors to load the logs and move the stacked lumber. Now I have a great big military surplus forklift.

-- Barbara

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 03:58 AM

a woman and her toys…. ;-)


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#8 posted 02-19-2011 07:04 AM

were that we were all younger and lighter…. That is a big chunk of wood you have there.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 01:07 PM

I don’t know which to drool for first, the lady or the lumber! :)

That is one serious stick! I wish we lived closer to each other. Prices on lumber here in Winnipeg are ridiculous.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 02-19-2011 05:52 PM

Nice machine, we need to talk about some bowl blanks. Good top have you aboard.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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