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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Fresh air PPE for milling?

« Last post by loganworks2 on Today at 09:49:54 AM »
I'm very new on the forum and do not have a mill so I don't really know how much dust is created when milling. I have been a reader of the forum for a number of years and appreciate the knowledge and insight of all of you. My plans are to purchase a Lt35 or Lt40 within the next 2 years.
I can see where YellowHammers approach would eliminate most of the problem and likely make the need for a respirator unnecessary. I do know that in my wood shop I do find one is needed at times. I was a firefighter and EMT for many years and did find that the positive pressure masks were not bad comfort wise. They also helped to cool. The cooling effect of the constant airflow of the air supplied mask is what makes it more appealing to me. It does not matter what PPE you have it only works if you use it.
Timber Framing/Log construction / Re: Cabin plans - feedback welcome

« Last post by TimFromNB on Today at 09:44:17 AM »
Thanks for all your feedback guys. I have mostly read the Sobon books and this member sizing comes from Beemer's recent "Learn to Timber Frame" book, which is a variation of the Sobon design. I also have a few from Benson but his style is quite different. I don't have access to a full 20' plate but can get a 16' to at least have the longer piece of the scarf sit on the center bent post and next brace as suggested by some of you. I did not think of the effect shear would have on that joint.

Technical Support Topics / A few help video tutorials.

« Last post by Jeff on Today at 09:42:49 AM »
About the Alert System

Tutorial on Selection Quoting

Tutorial on Multi Quoting

A short video tutorial on how to accurately place your pin on the members map.
Remember, the map is only available to members.

Uploading and sharing photo to a post.

Sawmills and Milling / Re: Customer's Impressions

« Last post by Don P on Today at 09:41:32 AM »
A friend once said "If I don't call you back, send flowers  :D"
Ask The Forester / Re: Black locust fence posts

« Last post by Timbercreekfarm on Today at 09:41:12 AM »
In central ny an 8' post 6" diameter is $5
Has anyone tried this, is it worth the effort?
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Where do you keep your planer

« Last post by Den-Den on Today at 09:36:52 AM »
My planer is in a closed shop.  I live in a humid area and rust would be a problem under a roof without walls.  If you are going to buy a planer, get a dust/chip collection system also.  Planers produce a huge amount of shavings and they do a better job if those shavings are sucked up instead of going through again.
General Woodworking / Re: Band mill Router Plane

« Last post by Kbeitz on Today at 09:32:45 AM »
I slept on it last night and came up with this. Another DC variable speed motor mounted right on the moving head. I will run a strand of roller chain like the saw mills have for the motor to follow on. Easy fix.


General Board / Re: New Quote Functions

« Last post by terrifictimbersllc on Today at 09:27:44 AM »
This is the words I tried to quote.

I selected your words above, then clicked the popup "Quote Selection".  Then I typed these 2 sentences and posted.
The Outdoor Board / Re: Hinge cutting trees for deer cover

« Last post by tmbrcruiser on Today at 09:24:52 AM »
I have a tree farm and use hinge cutting to provide food and cover for deer. The added bonus is cutting undesirable trees, TSI "timber stand improvement". Mostly I am cutting red maple or sweet gum both of which deer love and are easy to hinge cut. Many of the trees are less than 12" and I like to cut them above my waist, this allows the deer to move under the growing stem.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Relentless Snow

« Last post by SawyerTed on Today at 09:20:53 AM »
I live about 90 miles from the Pacific ocean.

I think I would move 89 miles closer to the ocean!  That's a lot of snow! If we get 8" people lose their minds here.  Usually the snow lasts a few days and is gone.  I like it best this way.

The snow and landscape there is beautiful! 
Forestry and Logging / Re: DSI

« Last post by mike_belben on Today at 09:18:48 AM »
Skeans, I dont have a fixed recipe.  Most of the woods had a closed canopy of mature hardwoods, some with not one sawlog in the whole tree. Other patches had a previous clearing bush in and then turn into archy tangles. The black cherry is particularly bad when mixed with SM and Sourwood. Not one straight cherry yet but i think i can eventually recover them.   

Anyway whole place all kinda differs from one patch to the next and im treating it in different ways for the education of it all.  I cant add trees, i can only subtract them to reveal what good specimen may be buried in shade.  Where there is no good hardwood specimen there is bound to be a pile of my 4 problem children.. Sourwood, red maple, gums (mostly black) and sassafras. So what i do is kinda clearcut that box to let all sprouts pop even aged, then hinge cut a wall around it.  This makes a feeding room.  The experiment is, if i bring in a bunch of deer, what do they eat the most at a sappling buffet?  And which hardwood sprout do they bother?  If they always mow down the gum and sometimes bug say scarlet oak, then i will know to lop off every gum for max sprouts, and brush fence any scarlet oak.   The idea is how to do best TSI and best DSI at the same time with only a saw.  No fence, no chemicals, no feed.  Just sun.

 The sun is actually out today for a change from rain.  After church ill probably go play for a few hours and get more pictures of my current work.  What i really need is to draw out a sketch of parcel boundary and topo/water features.  It has taken me many many walks to understand the forest pattern and the deer pattern, then how they intertwine which im trying to maximize.
Alternative methods and solutions / Re: Making charcoal

« Last post by Don P on Today at 09:18:06 AM »
I got the gasifier assembled yesterday and did a trial run. If you look at Allan's above I had the simple fire charcoal reactor made from a well pressure tank. Out of the top I put a section of aluminum vacuum cleaner pipe then plastic vac hose to an old oil burner induction fan. Output from the fan went to a pipe with an elbow, no filter at this point. It fired up and ran well producing a good quantity of grayish white charcoal smelling smoke. I ran it for a half hour or so and it got warm but never hot which sounds correct. I tried to light the smoke with a propane torch and could not. The torch would clean up the smoke immediately but it wouldn't actually light. I tried removing the fan and hoses just leaving the aluminum pipe in, and on natural draft it would still "run" quite well still making good smoke but still would not light. Am I doing something wrong or is this normal?
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Where do you keep your planer

« Last post by Southside logger on Today at 09:16:17 AM »
Basically Tom said everything that needs to be said.  We do custom planing for a customer who brings us his reclaimed wood, as soon as our other customers saw the planer they wanted our rough sawn wood planed - now I am putting in a kiln. 
General Board / Re: New Quote Functions

« Last post by Jeff on Today at 09:14:36 AM »
This is a tutorial on multi quote.  Different than the selection quote. Kbeitz, watch the videos. Its impossible to answer your question on what did you do wrong unless I was there.

Sawmills and Milling / Re: Where do you keep your planer

« Last post by Tom the Sawyer on Today at 09:11:27 AM »
Kbeitz, my sawdust and gravel seem to mix very well.   ;D

Rhodemont,   Probably the next step after a mill and edger would be your drying facilities, or kiln.  You need dry lumber to plane.  As far as location, you are correct that setting your planer up in a humid environment will lead to increased maintenance, those cast iron tables rust very easily.  I try to keep the surface of mine sealed, and the planer is covered with a tarp when not in use.  It is in my enclosed metal barn, which is unheated but now has a condensation barrier installed under the metal roofing.  Make sure the wood is dry before you plane it (and it would be a waste of time if it is still shrinking.)
Forestry and Logging / Thinning Specs

« Last post by Skeans1 on Today at 09:11:22 AM »
This is a quick reference for some, measure a 26'4" circle counting your trees in this circle doing plots in your trail as well as out in the crop tree area to get an average per acre.

General Board / Re: New Quote Functions

« Last post by terrifictimbersllc on Today at 09:11:22 AM »
Am guessing that you highlighted the desired text, then hit the usual Quote button in the upper right.   To me it looks like that Quote button does the same thing it did before, not the new thing you were expecting it to do. 

Instead, for the new function, it looks to me like one is supposed to highlight the desired text then hit the
" Quote Selection" button that pops up right on top of the highlighted text.     
Forestry and Logging / Re: Cutting starts today

« Last post by Pclem on Today at 09:08:03 AM »
Yes, we love red maple, birch, cherry, [most mixed hardwoods] for the packaged wood. This is for the summer camping season at campgrounds. It splits, dries, and packages better than oak. And I like the different fragrances for a campfire . We're selling an experience too ;D For homeowners fall/winter, we only sell oak. We used to be able to have the loggers sort processor "mini bolts", but the amish mills around here keep paying more for anything down to 7", so it's harder to get decent stuff. They would buy that pile of birch of yours cut 8'8" for $140-$150/cord :)
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