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Re: Wide cutting mill
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2014, 09:31:37 PM »
There are a lot of Norwood LumberMate 2000 sawmills out there.  I took my mill down to the national Tree Farm convention in Jacksonville a few years back to do a demonstration & presentation.  I brought home some nice cypress boards.  People were actually standing in line waiting for a chance to cut a board. 

I'll look you up if I'm back down that way.
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« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2014, 07:15:47 AM »
Please go somewhere and watch-play with a Lucas mill. Not saying not is best for YOU, but deserves a look!
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« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2014, 07:17:46 AM »
Come see mine. I did not realize you were so close! Road trip to the mountains!
Better yet come up to the Blue Skys event on the 26th!
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« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2014, 07:20:58 AM »
Take him up on that Lucas mill.Them thinks are very interesting to watch.First one I saw I asked ALOT of questions.
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« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2014, 04:26:33 PM »
 a lot of bang for the buck......

 
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« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2014, 09:57:20 PM »
Thanks for all the replies.  You folks are very helpful.  It would be great to go around and test these mills out for myself.  I really appreciate the invites.  Wish I could take you up on them.  I'm a busy man right now with 4 young kids and its hard to find a few spare minutes.  Maybe someday soon I'll catch up with you guys.  Dboyt, let me know if you ever come through Northeast GA with that mill of yours.  I'd love to see it in action.  Seaman, I may be able to schedule a visit in late June. 
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« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2014, 09:58:30 PM »
Tule Peak, that's a massive log right there.  That's what I'm talkin about.  I bet you got some wide slabs off of that thing.

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« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2014, 10:46:18 PM »
Tule Peak, that's a massive log right there.  That's what I'm talkin about.  I bet you got some wide slabs off of that thing.

Nah, that's not a log.

This is a log.  :D


Some for the forum folks using a Peterson mill (similar to the Lucas) to break down a big old redwood.

This is a Lucas wide slabber, 9 ft cut.


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« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2014, 10:06:12 AM »
I can only sell tables so wide LOL ! Another problem with giant logs is that I don't really have the proper equipment to efficiently handle them.Back to the intent of the thread, I still think the Lucas slabber is a very versatile machine if you want to cut wide , as well as break down timber to more manageable sizes. The other option was the WM 1000 but I don't have the power for it. The lucas earns it's keep every other month....
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« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2014, 12:57:14 PM »
Wow, Ian!  :o    That is CRAZY!       Do you know where that red oak was milled.  I've seen some big ones in my neck of the woods but not that big.  I wouldn't know what to do with slabs that wide.  Would the drying/handling process be basically the same as with smaller slabs (just on a larger scale)?

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« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2014, 04:02:19 PM »
The story of the Redwood log is told in this thread.
https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,25028.msg357987.html#msg357987

It had ended up in  Wisconsin as an ornament outside a sawmill...

The Lucas slabber is dealing with a NZ kauri tree root ball that had fallen ~3,000 years ago, and been buried in a swamp ever since

They were selling slabs of wood like this for ~$1,000 each, off the saw. But you can imagine the table someone could make from that.


This table is one single 4" thick board. It's in the Kauri Museum in Northland.


The slabs aren't too bad to dry. Trees that grow that large seem to be some of the easier to dry for various reasons. Walnut, Kauri, Redwood, and Monterey cypress for example.

But yeah, they may not be common species in most parts of the world.

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« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2014, 05:48:32 PM »
Wow, Ian!  :o    That is CRAZY!       Do you know where that red oak was milled.  I've seen some big ones in my neck of the woods but not that big.  I wouldn't know what to do with slabs that wide.  Would the drying/handling process be basically the same as with smaller slabs (just on a larger scale)?

Please note that that was REDWOOD, not red oak.  Yes, I know you wouldn't expect redwood in the Midwest but that's part of the story...

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« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2014, 06:33:55 PM »
WOW Ian ! What do you cut your wide slabs with ?  The museum table is just BEAUTIFUL !! What did you finish it with ? How did you dry it ?I only build a couple of tables that size per year, and I have to admit my hat is off to you on that Museum piece ! The rest of the year my builds are much smaller ,but many more of them, like your rootball pic . Were you also involved in the large redwood milling ? I mill a fair amount of redwood here too and ship it back east. Please tell us more about the pics you posted.  Thanks  Rob
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« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2014, 07:25:11 PM »
Wish those kauri slabs where mine  ;D  But they aren't  >:( 

Just some pics I've taken over the years that show WHY people use chainsaw slabbers.  ;)

The wide slabber was being demoed by Arnold from Wood Works in Hamilton. He has a web page with some pics of the stuff he does
http://www.wood-works.co.nz/gallery.htm

I've sawn a few larger slabs on my standard swingblade, using the old trick of sawing 2/3 of the log, then flipping it over, and sawing the other side. You get one full width live edge slab from the log that way
This is a piece of Monterey cypress, that's still in the shed waiting to be made into a table.  :-[





That big table from the Museum was sawn and built in the 70s for the board room of a local brewery. When they rebuilt the offices it was donated to the museum. The top alone weighs about a ton!!

There is more pics of it in this old holiday thread, along with some other interesting things.
https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,9786.msg133192.html#msg133192

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« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2014, 10:00:27 AM »
It would be great to go around and test these mills out for myself.  I really appreciate the invites.  Wish I could take you up on them.

Just one trip to the Great Portable Sawmill Shoot-Out should do the trick, if you can wait until October.  It is at the Cambridge, OH Paul Bunyan Show, Oct. 3-5.  Norwood, other band & swing blade mills will be there, all running side-by-side.
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« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2014, 12:43:23 PM »
The Great Sawmill Shootout is really worth the time and money spent to attend for anyone who has any interest at all in sawmills! However, I thought they have them every other year, but perhaps there are plenty of sawmills that attend even on the years that are Great Firewood Processor Shootout years.
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« Reply #36 on: April 14, 2014, 09:41:58 PM »
Are there any big sawmill shows in the Southeast? 

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Are there any big sawmill shows in the Southeast?

Yep.Monday through Saturday.8-5 pm..from Spring until Fallin York County, South Carolina.  :D
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« Reply #38 on: April 15, 2014, 07:10:16 AM »
Good one David! You beat me to it.
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« Reply #39 on: April 15, 2014, 07:11:35 AM »
Hugh, come up with the kids and camp at the pond anytime!
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