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Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:41:42 AM »
Just joined this group and have a question: I recently purchased a Wood-Mizer LT15 and I'm trying to figure out how to mill logs that are24-30" long. I'm sure someone else here has solved this problem a long time ago and I'm hoping to learn from their experience. Thanks!

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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 11:14:29 AM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum.
Yes, there are a variety of ways that have been posted on holding short logs.

Bridging that gap with a base board and having a 'fence" at the back to span the space so the clamp works are the basics.

A search may get those threads to come up, as well as several may see this and respond directly.

Do you get a lot of short logs to mill? And what is the product? 
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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 11:24:07 AM »
Welcome to the forum!  I routinely cut short logs.  The clamps on the Norwood are movable to accommodate different log lengths, but for really short logs I bridge across two bunks with a board, then use a sacrifice board to bridge between stops, so that I cut the sacrifice board as I go.  The first cut is a little iffy, but once you get a flat side down on the board bridging across the cross bunks, it goes pretty well.  Here's a photo.
 

  

 
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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 02:32:12 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum,  gfadvm.   :)
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 02:57:41 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 04:02:41 PM »
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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 05:15:37 PM »
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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2013, 06:34:47 PM »
You guys are really helpful! those Links were the answer for me. I knew someone had been there, done that.

I really appreciate the help. I often get given short crotch cherry or walnut that people have cut for firewood and don't want to split it. I agree: burning cherry and walnut is a shame!

Thanks for the helpful responses. I'll probably be back with more questions.

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2013, 09:21:50 PM »
gfadvm,what's the plan for lumber coming off the mill?
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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2013, 09:32:27 PM »
The short stuff will be for boxes and door panels for the most part.

The longer boards will become chairs, tables, or ?

I am a hobby woodworker that always wanted a mill and I found one on CL that seemed too good to pass up! Now I need to sell more chairs to pay for it!

As an FYI a buddy did a Sketch Up of a really cool short log jig on my Lumberjock's thread. Not sure if I'm allowed to post a link here.

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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2013, 01:53:14 AM »
gfadvm,  Welcome to the forum, these folks are great and always very helpful. 

All I can tell you about short stuff like that is I hope it is for something you want or need and not for a customer.  It is very hard to make any money with stuff that short because there is just so much work involved compared to the actual board feet you get out of it.

I tell all my customers to please make sure the logs are at least 8 feet long because it makes everything go easier from the turning to the tapering to the clamping to the sawing to the off bearing etc.

Good luck with whatever method you decide to use.
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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2014, 12:15:26 AM »
This topic is somewhat dated but a new topic would have been so similar that it might be better to keep them together.   say_what

A while back I had to split about 40 peeled posts for a special project for a cabinet shop.  I had a devil of a time keeping them steady with the clamping system on my mill, so I came up with something else.  Then it was quite some time before I needed to use it again... until today.

This was reportedly a 150 year old slab of eastern red cedar from a historic homestead.  A little over 3' long, about 3" thick and extremely uneven, apparently hand hewn originally.  Client needed two parallel faces.  Tried to skim off the high spots so the blade chattered a bit at the beginning but he was extremely happy with the results.  smiley_thumbsup

 

 
Closer view
 

 
Empty view (sorry for the shadows), it can hold any length up to 9'
 

 
Can clamp at an angle and an uneven surface
 

 
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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2014, 02:01:41 AM »
Tom I like that, going to have to save this one and build it.

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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2014, 08:01:56 AM »
Nice work, Tom.
Looks like whatever you put on there, stays on there for sure.

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Re: Jig/Cradle For Short Logs
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2014, 08:12:43 AM »
Tom, that is an excellent solution. 
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2014, 08:18:09 AM »
Look at Tomů.gett'n jiggy with it. Nice tool!
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2014, 09:59:52 AM »
Tom, Thanks so much for taking the time to post that! It is MUCH more secure than the one I cobbled together. And I have all the stuff I need to make yours.

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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2014, 10:13:27 AM »
Welcome aboard. Glad you found the solution to your needs. You almost always will get the help you need on the FF. Post some photos of your latest jig and other projects. bg

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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2014, 10:32:36 AM »
Thanks Bill. Posting pics here has proved an insurmountable task for me. I have read all the pic posting threads but just not smart enough to "get er done". I can post pics on Lumberjocks with no problem but haven't figured FF out yet.

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