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04-08-2007 04:42 PM

Howdy All, Just thought I’d post a few pix fer ya’ll. Recon I’ll get a ribbing for my southern accent LOL. But you’ll have that from time to time. The first pic is of red oak blocks, for crane outrigger pads. They are 8”X 8”X 2’ Wicked turning blocks LOL.
Wicked Turning blocks. This pic we have moved the mill out of the building so we could use the boomtruck to load this ugly log with. There’s no rolling one like this, smoothly anyway.
Loading We’re winning, bout got it so we can deal with it now.
gettin there We had to set the mill on unlevel ground, so by the time we got it level, it was too high, but you’ll have that from time to time.
half way

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#1 posted 04-08-2007 04:44 PM

That is just way too much fun!

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#2 posted 04-08-2007 04:50 PM

I’m on the wrong side of the country. : ^ )

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#3 posted 04-08-2007 04:50 PM

It is TRULY a BLAST my friend. I get a charge with every single cut. Every log is like opening a new gift. It is the hardest work I have ever enjoyed.

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#4 posted 04-08-2007 04:55 PM

Dang, I put this in the wrong place, I ment to put it in woodworking skill and share sorry.

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#5 posted 04-08-2007 06:38 PM

Now that is what you call working the wood. How I wish I lived closer, back up the truck and load up that great wood!

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#6 posted 04-08-2007 07:22 PM

you sound like a little boy and his legos :)

Love the “turning” block of wood.

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#7 posted 04-08-2007 09:06 PM

The sawmill owner where I go has just gotten and order for crane pads 8’ wide 16’ long and 12” thick. All bolted together with 8’ long bolts. I think they are going to use reinforcing rod with welded threads on one end and a plate welded on the other.

They have a old one there for a sample. What a monster.

I enjoy watching a sawmill work. Heck I like watching anyone else work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 04-09-2007 02:03 PM

I too enjoy sawing timbers. I have a small manual Turner mill. As you say, every log shows you a new face. It is the hardest work i’ve ever enjoyed. Thanks for the show and tell.

Jimmy

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#9 posted 04-09-2007 02:51 PM

Gotta figure a way to do some of this myself!... or chip in to get my FIL a chainsaw mill or somesuch.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#10 posted 04-09-2007 03:22 PM

Wow, those are some big chunks of oak! You probably need 2 guys just to carry them around.

I agree that sawing into logs is like unwrapping presents. I did 11 oak logs last summer and it should be near useable in a few months (been dyring beside the house since last August). It was great getting under the bark to see a beautiful face on the wood.

It’s a lotta work though, especially a heavy wood like red oak. Worth every minute, though.

I’m thinking of getting a good sized shop bandsaw just so I can make smaller boards from better than average firewood logs. Or heading for an Alaskan chainsaw mill.

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#11 posted 04-09-2007 04:00 PM

I need an Alaskan mill for big logs that wont fit on the mill. Then I could trim the logs to fit EZ’r. Been using a chainsaw but thats alot of work. I don’t even take the one’s that are too big anymore. 30 inch logs are big enough for me. It starts turning into work with anything bigger than that.
3200lbs of red oak

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#12 posted 04-28-2007 05:03 PM

Did you find some places to sell your wood to? I know you could out here, but the transportation cost would make it uneconomical.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#13 posted 04-28-2007 06:40 PM

Those blocks are too nice to put on the ground. Besides, wouldn’t you want your pads wider for better load displacement? The Lucas Portable sawmill would have allowed you to cut the tree on the ground. Of course, I’m not sure how the cost compares to your mill, but I know when I was looking at portable mills that I liked the idea of not having to lift the log onto the mill. I believe the max cut is 12/4 or 8 X 8. I imagine your mill has more flexability when it comes to demintions of lumber.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 04-29-2007 06:53 PM

Hi oscorner, These blocks are for erection of the crane only. If they are any bigger the tracks of the crane won’t go on. Once the tracks are on, they don’t need any pads. I like the Lucas mill’s and the petersons, but if I had one of those I wouldn’t need my mill building. For those of you that don’t know, the mill is my playground. I NEED TO PLAY.
God Bless You All

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#15 posted 04-29-2007 07:28 PM

O.K., I thought you were using them for stabilizer pads. My mistake. I wasn’t trying to mess with your playground (you’re having too much fun there!), just thought it would have be more economical than that boom truck’s cost, especially when you add insurance to the mix.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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