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Arlin Eastman

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09-26-2015 06:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question milling

Most of you guys do not know me nor what I do but you can go to my home page to see.

I want to make a saw mill to cut up a lot of dead trees on or big acreage. I can not afford to buy lumber for disabled vets, firefighters, law enforcement, and emt people and their families.

I am also not smart enough anymore to think or how to do one or put it together without help due to my brain damage.

So that is why I am asking everyone for your help in building one and see if I can keep the price under $400.

I do have my father in laws old 20hp gas mower and some wood but not much else.

Thank you in advance of any ideas and help

Arlin

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lew

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 07:31 PM

I was going to suggest a woodmizer but even a used one would probably be too expensive.

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 07:40 PM

Thanks Lew the ones I seen sell as much as they were new. I can afford the time to make one even if it takes a year to do it.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 07:58 PM

Ever looked at woodgears.ca?

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 08:04 PM

Yes and the gentleman wants $30 or $40 for the plans for the 16” and I want something up to 20” to 25”. I also would need to see the plans in advance so I could see how hard it is to make.
I would then have to bother the guy with to many questions that I do not understand.

Remember I have brain damage too.

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 08:07 PM

Do you have a welder? Or know how to use one and be able to borrow one? You’re gonna need one. Wish I lived closer, I’d love to take part in building one of these.

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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 09-26-2015 08:20 PM

Joe

I will pay some gas money then you can make two. lol

I am really happy about how far you come on the wood turning.

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#7 posted 09-26-2015 08:20 PM

Hi Arlin. Anymore when I go about making a tool, I look at what is commercially available and follow their design if I think it is a good one. if I were making a band mill, I would copy Woodmizer, They have a great machine. I have wood cut at about 5 mills and they all have them.

You will need a steel cutter and welder like Joe said. The wheels you might have to buy.
The feed mechanism is another thing that is very nice to have. i have not studied how they do it, but I think the cutting and the feed come off the same motor. If yours will be in one place, you might rig an electric motor for feed???

Jim

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Arlin Eastman

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 09:01 PM

Thanks Jim

You know a lot about building things.
I know what you mean when you say look at the design and follow it you know that is way to far out of my box of trying to figure out. I am just to dumb anymore.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-27-2015 12:34 AM

Arlin, Monte built his from a kit. Not sure what it cost. I don’t think you can build a functional mill with a decent motor for $400. Look for a used Woodmizer Lt10 or Lt15. Woodmizer has a listing for used mill on their site. Sorry to be so negative but I just don’t think you will be able to build something that will function properly with that budget.

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#10 posted 09-27-2015 01:01 AM

First… Thank you for serving our country!

As for a portable sawmill on a budget, how about something like this set up? I have no experience with either type but figure a chainsaw mill is less efficient than a Woodmizer, but looks much easier to build.

Another thought, if you have a lot of trees to cut up, perhaps there is someone local with a portable sawmill that will trade cutting up some lumber for you and keep some lumber for them to use/sell.

Good luck.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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Arlin Eastman

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#11 posted 09-27-2015 01:18 AM



Arlin, Monte built his from a kit. Not sure what it cost. I don t think you can build a functional mill with a decent motor for $400. Look for a used Woodmizer Lt10 or Lt15. Woodmizer has a listing for used mill on their site. Sorry to be so negative but I just don t think you will be able to build something that will function properly with that budget.

- gfadvm

Andy

I trust your judgement my friend. So even with the 20 hp motor it will cost more then $400 to $500?

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Arlin Eastman

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#12 posted 09-27-2015 01:21 AM



First… Thank you for serving our country!

As for a portable sawmill on a budget, how about something like this set up? I have no experience with either type but figure a chainsaw mill is less efficient than a Woodmizer, but looks much easier to build.

Another thought, if you have a lot of trees to cut up, perhaps there is someone local with a portable sawmill that will trade cutting up some lumber for you and keep some lumber for them to use/sell.

Good luck.

- cracknpop

Thanks Rick

It is not that I have a lot down but during the year we get what we would need.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Tim

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#13 posted 09-27-2015 01:22 AM



Yes and the gentleman wants $30 or $40 for the plans for the 16” and I want something up to 20” to 25”. I also would need to see the plans in advance so I could see how hard it is to make.
I would then have to bother the guy with to many questions that I do not understand.

Remember I have brain damage too.

- Arlin Eastman

If you’re on a budget like that, $30-40 for plans from an engineer that has done it before seems like a good investment. How hard is it to make? You’re trying to make a several thousand dollar piece of equipment by yourself, yes it’s going to be hard. Seems like your most realistic best bet is Rick’s method of splitting the wood with a sawyer. Seems like a waste, but depending on how many acres you have, you’re probably not culling enough wood often enough to help the forest grow optimally. By the way, what kind of brain damage are we talking about here? I don’t mean to be rude and I applaud your service to vets and the country, but maybe building something dangerous isn’t the best idea if you don’t already know how.

If you really want to build one, is one of the vets you work with sharp enough to understand the plans and coordinate the building?

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Arlin Eastman

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#14 posted 09-27-2015 01:38 AM

Tim

If I do it slow and have help and take my time with questions I do think I can make it without any safety issues.

Also the gentleman that sells them has plans that are for 14” and 16” and now that I have been thinking 20” would be max that I want.

Thank you very much for your interest in my safety.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 09-27-2015 01:39 AM

Arlin, The wheels, guides, metal for rails alone will exceed the budget. Chainsaw mills are a lot cheaper BUT they are slow and VERY,VERY labor intensive. Plus a big chainsaw will be over your budget. I think your best bet would be to see if someone in your area wants to cut your logs on shares. Woodmizer site has a listing of sawyers in your area.

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

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