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« Reply #2020 on: August 06, 2023, 05:45:27 PM »
Yes you can run two hydraulic operations at the same time.  They will be slower because you are dividing/sharing your hydraulic pump's output capacity.  A SuperHydraulic can handle it better, but it too will be slower.
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« Reply #2021 on: August 08, 2023, 09:50:49 PM »
I need to go try that.  I though the clamp and log turner can't run at the same time and the side supports are part of the cla.ps hydraulics
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« Reply #2022 on: August 08, 2023, 09:56:14 PM »
Well I'll be!  I can I deed.  Seems up on the side supports and in on the cla.p work but. ot down on the supports and in or out on the clamp
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« Reply #2023 on: August 19, 2023, 11:27:49 AM »
For those wondering about my laser install I finally finished the video...


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« Reply #2024 on: August 22, 2023, 07:01:35 PM »
 8)  So I think I've finally sorted out my mill!

It wasn't the plugs etc as some (including me) expected but rather the O2 sensor -- but until I get a new one installed I won't be sure...stand by!
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« Reply #2025 on: September 11, 2023, 09:39:57 AM »

I've been in the woods for 9 days and just got back -- and yes, this DID fix the mill!

I also tore down the hydraulic pump (as you may have seen in the maintenance thread) and the brushes were about half worn.  I'll get that fixed at some point too.

Best part of all this?  I GOT BACK TO MILLING!  WOOT!  8) 8)
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« Reply #2026 on: September 19, 2023, 06:49:54 PM »
Thanks to MM I learned to mill this way and I hope I did it justice in this vid!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aMwr2Sii_k

Funny thing, the more I think about milling the more I think it takes thinking.  I've always felt the best sawyers are some of the more intelligent folks out there and it never ceases to amaze me how much they know and are willing to share!

Anyway, the "odds over evens" is what I came up with to remind myself to mill odds as they seem to have the greatest chance to NOT split the pith or put heart in the middle of side of a board.

Admittedly, I goofed up in the middle of this one, and it is not the first time  :D ;D but I always try to set up so I can box out the heart.

I should add that many of you have helped me along the way, not just Lynn!  But honestly, I have a hard time remembering everyone at the time I'm doing a recording, hence I often try to slip FF in there at least once when mentioning someone who's helped out along the way.

Thanks!
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« Reply #2027 on: September 19, 2023, 07:23:52 PM »
Keep screwing up and making mistakes.  Those are the ones that we never forget.  ::)
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« Reply #2028 on: September 19, 2023, 07:33:09 PM »
Keep screwing up and making mistakes.  Those are the ones that we never forget.  ::)
As long as I'm learning, I'm still alive!  8)
and making mistakes is my specialty ;)
It also occurred to me that it's the video I'm editing today that I mentioned your help though I may have in the above as well...they start to run together when you edit 5 days a week!  :o :o
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« Reply #2029 on: September 19, 2023, 10:24:09 PM »
I don't need any screwing up help.  ::) 

I was young and dumb once but I got over being young a long time ago.  :)
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« Reply #2030 on: September 22, 2023, 06:54:34 AM »
Great video. I'm just leaning to mill lumber and this one helped a lot. I've got a bowed log on the mill now. Hopefully I'll get some usable wood out of it. If not, with three houses to heat we always need more firewood and I'll learn a little more along the way.
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« Reply #2031 on: September 26, 2023, 08:26:39 AM »
How bad is the bow?  If it's really bad cut the log in half and cut shorter pieces if possible (make a 16 footer an 8 footer) and that can help.

Got a pic?

One thing I've learned is that you can joint out some of the crown if you get some but you can't joint out all of the crown ;) so make sure you put it where it will not be an issue (rafters, joints vs flooring, paneling, studs).

Seems to work for me :D
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« Reply #2032 on: September 26, 2023, 09:14:13 AM »
It was a log that had been down in the woods for several years. Not too bad of a curve. I cut it just like you said and got some usable 2bys and 4bys out of it. The first 3 inches or so had already deteriorated to much to be used, but the center was still hard. I built a box stand for my grandson with it and some old plywood my son left here.

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« Reply #2033 on: September 26, 2023, 03:04:38 PM »
Awesome!  I've actually milled old Pondo pine that was down a long time but off the ground and it was marbled and gorgeous!  Sometimes we get lucky!  8)
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« Reply #2034 on: September 29, 2023, 04:38:28 PM »
Looks like I will finally be milling for that old family friend next weekend!  Between my back etc and his age it's taken a bit to get it set up but the 7th it is.

Then I got a call from a lady who I was referred to by a past customer, she didn't want anyone else and talked me into it LOL -- truthfully I'm very selective but the logs she has sound like fun!  Cypress, Birch, Doug Fir and Scotch Pine...figured it would be something different and as I can use the content decided to go ahead.

I'm pulling the mill to the cabin to mill more pondo up for the cabin build after the 7th then will have to drag it back down before winter (I was planning on leaving it there to mill in the snow but might not be able to now)....so we'll see.

I'm really trying NOT to mill for others but I keep getting calls so now I'm being selective!!!

@Crossroads remind me when you'll be here for that wide job?  I need to make sure I'm here! LOL  If during the week there is a 99% chance I will be ;) It's the weekends I'm concerned about now!!  Though November is slow for me so should be good!
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« Reply #2035 on: September 29, 2023, 10:33:14 PM »
It will be Friday 11/10 should be an interesting job. 
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« Reply #2036 on: September 29, 2023, 10:38:13 PM »
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« Reply #2037 on: October 05, 2023, 07:34:50 PM »
Right!!!  10 November 1775 My Marine Corrps Came Alive!

Wanna do a job in Yakima?  If so call me I'm trying to mill at my place and don't have a seat yet 😉
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« Reply #2038 on: October 07, 2023, 08:38:51 AM »
I've been working on this one lately; when I can't get two cants easily without splitting the pith.  This is not the most efficient way but seemed to work.



I think I will go back to 1 or 3 and move on though but it was a fun experiment.

I'm off to mill for that old friend.  Going to be a tough day as the herniated disc is angry but the grandsons want to learn about running the mill!
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« Reply #2039 on: October 14, 2023, 10:20:29 AM »
One thing I've pondered is that if you mill flitches on the edges of the main cant, and mill to a single cant, then those flitches will present the stress 90 degrees to where you want it.

With some framing lumber that's ok (blocking material, rafters, joists etc) but for studs it isn't.  That's why I was messing around with boxing out the heart in the middle and making 2x4's out of the mostly FOHC cants.  Seems to work but takes more time for sure.

In today's video I finish up the Dlogs, only fall on my butt once (maybe that should be in another thread lol) but survive and finish off the last of these pine logs for the cabin addition!



After returning home I geared up and went and did a job for an old friend of the family (I mentioned this previously).  It was fun but the 4 or 5 logs multiplied into 10 and I used an incredible 6 bands (which I now can't just send to WM Resharp) but I was happy to do the job for him (no charge!) as he's such a good guy and has been like "Uncle Joe" to my wife for a long time.  He's in his late 80's and still wood working with lots of plans so I'm hoping this gave him lots to do in the future! :D

Oh and he was beaming all day!  That's the best!  Of course, that video will take me a while to get out but I'm hoping to do it next week or weekend.

Lastly, my laser is almost done!  I had to do a little work to move a screw so it can be adjusted and moved it approximately in the right place before Uncle Joe's job and it was nice to have.  I've decided that all but super bright sun and this laser is awesome!  I can see the appeal now for sure and the Apinex laser is working well!
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