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My Sawmill Journey..
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:46:46 AM »
I thought i would share my experience in setting up my new LT15 mill. As it turns out, setting up will take a little longer than anticipated! I still work full time and only have weekends to work on the woodlot sigh!
I picked out the spot for the mill and for the most part cleared it this winter. I was able to bring in my excavator this past week end to start grubbing and preparing the base. WELL... My excavator is way to small, but it is all I have and will get the job done but not as fast as I hoped.  


 

 
Site mostly cleared and brush burned this past winter.
This is what I found once I started grubbing. The soil profile is essential a very thick "duff" layer followed by large surface bolders of mainly granite which sit on top of a pure grey clay layer!! YUK.  Not great scratching for my little girl because of the volume of material I will have to move. SO.. I am removing the duff, bolders and clay layers. Below that is still clay but it does have some gravel with it which will make for a much better base for my mill site. I decided that no sense it just grubbing off and slapping up the mill. I will need a good base as I will be moving a lot of material over the years with trucks, skidder,tractor etc.. So a good solid base is important.  

 

Surface bolders!!
I decided to dig a trench on the upper side of the mill site to obtain material for the base and at the same time find a place for most of these rocks. It will act like a "french drain" and hopefully keep my mill site dry.


 

Now I am digging a bit deeper to find more material and burry grubbings and rock. The problem being is that I want that spot removed from the mill site which just means more time to move material.
This is essentially what i got accomplished this past week end. I had greater expectations but once I started digging I realized it was going to be I longer process than I thought. A bigger excavator would be better, but I just don't want to spend the extra money in bringing one in when I have my own small one...It will just take more time.


 
Until next week end.....


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Re: My Sawmill Journey..
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2018, 06:10:57 AM »
Slow and steady will get it done.I have places on my property that are as challenging as that.Sometimes it's hard to even get started.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2018, 07:21:27 AM »
Lordy, I thought I had rock troubles.  Mine are small taters compared to those!  Keep at it, you're making good progress.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2018, 07:37:00 AM »
You have a good plan and I think that you did very well.  :)
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2018, 07:48:24 AM »
Great work, keep plugging away.  I will just have to sit back and watch until I get a chance to do the same.  It will be at least 5 years until then.  So I watch and learn from all of you until then.  Thanks for the project and look forward to your progress!

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2018, 04:19:38 AM »
Not much of a weekend this trip! Rain,rain rain. Brought excavator in decided to start building access road to mill site (approx 500 feet). I worked away most of Saturday until I blew a hydraulic hose on excavator! Bummer as it is a 3 hour drive to get a hose made up (CAT fittings!!) and everything shut down on Sunday! So I'll get the hose then have to come back to get machine to bring it back to work for the week..Way disappointed. So then what to do.....

 

 

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2018, 06:16:10 AM »
The dog and fishing pole looks good.
Look like you are gaining. I have rocks too!!!  But looks like you only have a layer. That last picture,with the water in the back ground, looks good. I would have to bring dirt in to get it with no rocks. I have some I have no idea how big they are. Some people ask me why I don't bury the rocks,like you are. You just found more!!! It never stops. We had to blast for the foundation of the house.  I have a place that I get dirt from,that I use to fill in the rock holes that I dig out of the grown up pasture. The last layer,when I fill the rock holes in,I park the loader by the hole and I pick through the dirt to get the rocks out.
Good luck with the mill. You will like sawing.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2018, 08:31:33 AM »
 

 

 

 

PAINFULLY SLOW Progress!! 
Mill is still in my yard at home wrapped up the way I picked it up!  Work this year has been unprecedented busy (which is a good thing!), but takes away time from working on this project since excavator is tied up. Before I set up the mill I want to ensure I have plenty of room initially to store lumber and pile down a few logs with room to move around with equipment. Because it is taking so long I have decided to get a descent area to begin with and then expand at a later time. 

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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2018, 10:16:06 AM »
Slow progress is still progress though.  Seems to be the way of things this summer.  Interesting to watch though, no matter the pace of progress.  

Looks like you're in an area with a lot of bank gravel.  Really big gravel. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2019, 04:26:09 AM »
 

 

 

 SO.... I got the area all grubbed and levelled off. All last fall we had extremely wet weather, every single weekend it poured down rain in epic proportions. Then the freeze cam and I was unable to pour my concrete footings for my building. Finally this spring I was able to get my concrete footings poured for the building. I decided on a 24' x 16' building for the sawmill. I poured 12" sono tubes with saddle plates embedded in  the concrete. 
Originally I was going to sit the mill on a bed of clear stone and use timbers anchored in the ground by drifting rebar down several feet. After careful consideration I decided to pour a concrete pad with anchor bolts to place 8"x8" timbers and will the run 6"x6" beneath the bed rails of the mill raise it up. Finally got the concrete poured and timber "sleepers" in place. Finally it seems as though I made some progress.

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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2019, 08:02:24 AM »
Good job, this will be exciting to watch !!   8)
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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2019, 07:32:55 AM »
You could build a small castle with all those stones! I think your doing awesome with that small machine, and all those boulders. Did you bring in any dirt, or is it all from the site?
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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2019, 08:49:42 AM »
When I think of the limitations of the old backhoe or tractor I will usually follow up with "it's way better than a pick and shovel".


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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2019, 07:16:21 PM »
Dana,
all the material came from the site. I will truck in extra material to enlarge my "mill yard" but just from a gravel pit on my land.

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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2019, 01:31:11 AM »
Looks good, keep at it and youll be icing sawdust in no time. 
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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2019, 03:04:08 AM »
Nice looking set-up you have going there.

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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2019, 07:09:05 AM »
Gump,
What mill did you buy?
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2019, 03:51:31 AM »
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2019, 05:58:19 AM »
My excavator is way to small
I wish I had an excavator that was way too small....:D
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2019, 08:51:19 AM »
Moving Day!!! Woot Woot. Finally getting to move the mill from my yard to the woodlot! It has been sitting in the original shipping wrap in my yard for the last year!!!, & this weekend I finally get to move it. 

 
I added the 6x6 rails last weekend and secured them to the 8x8 timbers. I think this will be a good working height.. 

 


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