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gfadvm

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274 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig sawmill

I need to come up with a way to saw 24-30” long logs on my Wood-Mizer Sawmill if possible. As it is now there is no way to clamp them (existing clamps are 46” apart. I came up with a cradle that DIDN”T work (Monte has the pic in his phone) today.

Now I need the LJ brain trust to see what they can come up with (please).

Sketch Up thingys would be excellent!

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


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Grandpa

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#1 posted 274 days ago

Can you screw some dimensional lumber to it and clamp the lumber? Then you could cut the log gown to the area of the screws stopping short of course. I am not that familiar with how the clamps hold a log. I have a log in my yard right now that I would give half to someone to come and cut it into something useful. I also have a short piece I cut intentionally hoping to get some burl. Oak…....

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 274 days ago

Here is the cradle

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rance

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#3 posted 274 days ago

Yep, simply laying the log on that cradle will not work. It has to be fastened to the cradle, then the cradle fastened to the woodmizer.

Looks like you are having a lot of fun Andy. :)

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#4 posted 274 days ago

Andy try some of the two sided carpet tape .sorry thats all i got

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#5 posted 274 days ago

Andy, I made one a few years ago for a friend. It was 6’ long made from angle iron and 4 bolts to bolt it to the carriage of the saw mill, and then I made dogs to hold log in place every 12” so he could mill out anything from 12” on up, just use the dogs that you need for that particular log your milling out at the time. I will see about getting a pic of it for you.

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Tooch

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#6 posted 273 days ago

is the blade cutting vertically or horizontally? if its cutting vertically can you add F-style clamps to the front and back of the log with a caul block holding the log in place?

Would you be able to post a pic of the mill?

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 273 days ago

What about instead of the jigs and cradle would welding and fabing up new cross members and adding clamps to those be an option?

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#8 posted 273 days ago

Andy, I made a wooden cradle to resaw a bunch of short 2×12s which were given to me and it works great for dimensional lumber. I have a 36” minimum on my track and like hosses idea of a steel frame with dogs every 12”
sounds safer and will hold the logs well for an accurate cut.
keith

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 273 days ago

Hoss, Pics/sketch of the dogs would be excellent.

Tooch, Blade is horizontal. Google Wood-Mizer for pics.

Randy, The clamps are what I’m having trouble visualizing.

Monte, Thanks for posting the pic of the fail.

Rance, I just knew you would have a Sketch Up thingy for me!

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JustJoe

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#10 posted 273 days ago

Have you tried the saw-mill forums? I thought Wood-Mizer had their own group and if so chances are someone has invented the perfect short-piece jig already.

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 273 days ago

Good idea Joe. Now if I just knew how to find them/ask questions…........... Remember who you’re dealing with here: a computer illiterate cowboy veterinarian!

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Gene Howe

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#12 posted 273 days ago

Andy,
Maybe a call to wood Mizer would yield some nearby users who have solved the problem.

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JustJoe

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#13 posted 273 days ago

HEre’s a forestry forum:
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/
It looks like they have a section for sawmills (called Sawmills and Milling), and it’s sponsored by wood-mizer, so that might be the place to look, and if you don’t see anything you can ask your question there and then you’ll get a lot more people who actually have a wood-mizer so chances are better that the answers will be based on experience, not theory. Good Luck.

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 273 days ago

Thanks Joe. I’m on the way.

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#15 posted 273 days ago

I envy the problem. I see good trees going to waste too often.

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