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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2006, 05:59:06 PM »
Log splitter in a can...eh Deadheader ??? ??? :D :D :D
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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2006, 07:16:14 PM »
Dan's post on not being able to mill the right side of the log was a little unclear.  What we wanted to do was double cut some 20" wide boards but we set the log too far to the right side of the frame.  We milled the butt log down till it was small enough to fit in the frame with out the blocking. 

Here are some pictures of the rigging we did.


Blocking for the rails, these cants are 8"X8" Sweet Gum that I had laying around.




Mill set up with the butt log, we had to block the mill up by 18" at the lowest point and by 25" inches at the highest point.




Dave Buckwalter scanning for metal.




I think I pushed Dan out of his safety zone.  On the picture where the Hyster wheels are in the air for the load, we countered this by setting a steel I beam on the rear of the Hyster and strapping it down, then Dan and Dave hung on the the back to keep the wheels on the gound enough for me to steer.  I am sure it looked funny be we got the job done.







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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2006, 07:46:26 PM »
  Let's see, what is Espanol for "Powder"  ???

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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2006, 07:51:06 PM »
hah "out of the safety zone"

yeah.... i'd say...

all's well that ends well :)
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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2006, 07:53:05 PM »
 When we designed the Slabber Bar for our Peterson, we used the "Helper handle" at the dumb end. That will give me, hopefully, a 42" cut on a perfectly symetrical log.

  BIG logs will need to be split.  ::) ::) ::)
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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2006, 07:55:33 PM »
these big logs are a pain.  I knew it wouldn't be easy or fast, but man, it was much worse than I thought. 

however, I like a good challenge, it keeps me going.  this entire job has been "challenging" since the get-go.
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« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2006, 07:58:26 PM »

 Yeah, BUT, they have gorgeous lumber in 'em.  8) 8)
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« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2006, 10:17:59 PM »
Here are some of the 120 pictures I took the last few days working these massive logs.



Removing large concrete and rebar from the base of the butt log.


3 guys, a swing mill, all day and this is what we got milled on the 1st day. ;D      As Dan Shade mentioned in the post above, day one was a lot of learning. :P




Removing trash metal, and there was a lot of it!



Part way through the second log



Dont try this at home.  These guys are professionals  :D ;D :D ;D :D       After the mill frame is lowered back to earth, we're going to beam these logs back over and finish milling them.


   

OUCH !!! :(    Metal detectors don't find concrete  :( :'(

     

Who let these band-mill operators on a swing mill  ;D ;D



Half way down the second log.



Dave (DR Buck) and Mark (GA Boy) on the second log after removing 12 10 x 10 cants.



Here is a 'thin' slab.   We took a leveling cut because the slabber was not level to the top of the log after taking the blade off.   Notice how bright the sun is as we finish up on Saturday. :D


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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2006, 10:32:02 PM »
I really wish I could have been there on saturday, actually, if I had it all to do over again, i'd have blown off my plans and went to Mark's instead!

oh well, i'll meet up with you guys next time around, i hope.
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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2006, 10:45:13 PM »
Well, you guys had quite an adventure dealing with that big ol' log.  I think I'd take a half-dozen 24 inchers over that, any day.  Good on ya for doing it, though, because it is historic wood. 8) 8)

Now, I got this Red Oak that's almost that big, and I gotta figger out how to deal with it. ::) ???
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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #30 on: September 25, 2006, 05:58:30 AM »


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Now, I got this Red Oak that's almost that big, and I gotta figger out how to deal with it. 

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Just read through this post and the other one about "parbuckling big logs", see how we do it........

.......................Then do it the RIGHT way ! :D ;D :D ;D :D ;D :D ;D :D ;D



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« Reply #31 on: September 25, 2006, 07:03:47 AM »
That looks like alot of fun.

Thanks for the pictures  8) 8)
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« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2006, 07:35:10 AM »
Dan and Dave,

Let's plan on this coming Saturday to finish knocking these things in to 10 X10's and 10 X 20's.  Then we can use Dave's Woodmizer as a resaw.

Let me know if you both can make it on Saturday.  If anyone is interested in joining in send me PM.  For directions to my place go to my web site and there is a map feature there.

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« Reply #33 on: September 25, 2006, 04:40:01 PM »
Saturday will be good.  I'll bring the big trailer along.  Who knows. maybe I'll find a log or two on the way.   ;D
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« Reply #34 on: September 25, 2006, 04:58:39 PM »
Good looking website.  Did Jeff build it?

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« Reply #35 on: September 25, 2006, 06:53:24 PM »
Bruce,

Yep, Jeff did build it and is my web master.....he found the back-ground graphics for me.


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« Reply #36 on: December 30, 2006, 10:22:56 PM »
Finally got up the nerve to put the log with the concrete in it up on the Wood-Mizer today. smiley_mad_crazy

 
 

Thought we could salvage most of this valuable lumber if I cut down to where the concrete is and then quit.  smiley_headscratch   The first cut into the log I hit a good size (20p)nail.  smiley_furious


Then I started the second cut at 8/4.  You can see from the photo below I'm well above from where Mark hit the concrete with his high dollar Peterson blade. 


I got about 2/3 of the way down the log and drew lots of sparks.   smiley_furious

CONCRETE ! ! !
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This is the other end of the same concrete.  The tree had completely grown over where it had been put in.   As  you can see from the picture above, Mark just missed finding it with his chainsaw probe by 1".  ::)


.....and it sure did a number on my band blade.  :o


                ..........not a pointed tooth left on the band. ;D


I ended up chainsawing  the log into 2 pieces.   One 52" in length that I'll still get some 350 year old 8/4 slabs from and one nice piece of firewood with concrete in it.   I wonder how my log splitter will take it.  ???   I guess I'll find out tomorrow.  ;D

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« Reply #37 on: December 30, 2006, 11:41:19 PM »
Thanks for brining this back up to the top.  I enjoyed looking over the huge logs.  I hate when I hit trash in trees.  It seems I find nails with every blade!  Maybe a better metal detector would help ???
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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #38 on: December 30, 2006, 11:43:14 PM »
hah hah, dave trashed a blade

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Re: Milling BIG Logs 62" dia White Oaks
« Reply #39 on: December 31, 2006, 01:04:17 AM »
Thats a dandy web site you got there.
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