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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Mill Shed - Finally

« Last post by fluidpowerpro on Today at 07:35:24 PM »
I agree. Looks great!
General Board / Re: Making it through another year '21-'23

« Last post by firefighter ontheside on Today at 07:34:20 PM »
Oh my you guys are punny.  Thanks for the congrats.  The axe is hung up with the rest of my fire service awards.  I was out in the shop looking for some sort of hooks to use for hanging the axe but couldn't find anything.  Googled it and saw where someone had used leather straps.  An old belt of mine got the axe, literally.  Tom, I will tell him what you said, but hes got a long way to go have arms to do that.  He has what we call soccer arms.  His legs are like tree trunks though.

Sawmills and Milling / Re: Did something dumb today.

« Last post by firefighter ontheside on Today at 07:22:16 PM »
It'll do Howard, but I would have expected the story to be more like, "I was thrown from the tractor and....."
General Board / Re: Making it through another year '21-'23

« Last post by 21incher on Today at 07:21:49 PM »
Thanks Doc. I haven't had much luck with my thin stuff being stabile. I found a company that specializes in thin wood and am going to order a sample pack 
Sample Pack | Ocooch Hardwoods
They have domestic and imports and I want to try some laser marquetry also so that will give me some to try even if it is in narrow widths. Looks like a small family operation.

Tom I go by the Henry Ford quote.  'If you need a machine and don't buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it and don't have it.'

Firewood and Wood Heating / Re: Outdoor Wood Boiler Plumbing Question

« Last post by Gearbox on Today at 07:13:08 PM »
I wonder if you have water in your insulation around the Pex . mine has caps to keep the water out of the insulpex 
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2023 ??

« Last post by doc henderson on Today at 07:06:18 PM »
Deese, the saunas can get hot. so be sure to set the pitch at the max temp of above.  you do not want someone sitting in a glob of hot pitch.  lol  they can prob. do it in place if need be.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Did something dumb today.

« Last post by Don P on Today at 07:06:13 PM »
You got off lucky, I tore up the trailer coupling end messing around with a ball on the loader. That learned me, go get the truck.

I had forgotten one of my early marital misadventures till scrolling down the page talking about getting zapped brought it all back.

Her folks had retired to a house on a canal with access out to the Gulf. I got recruited on one of our visits to help jet in a new section of seawall. I did not grow up on the water, at least not in that way. We had a gas powered pump up on the dock and were waist deep or so in the water, jetting alongside the planks and sinking them into the sand. It was lunch or something and her Dad motions for me to kill the motor. Not noticing the stick he had put there I just reached up and pushed the ground to the plug. Walking on water just takes proper motivation.

Sawmills and Milling / Re: Unexpected call

« Last post by Magicman on Today at 07:00:12 PM »
Wood-Mizer's covers are made from "high-quality, fiber-reinforced material".  My covers were bought new with my 1998 sawmill.  The proper cover would be well worth $225.  
General Board / Re: Quality Axes

« Last post by RPF2509 on Today at 06:59:32 PM »
Double bit axes for felling work no better than a single bit.  The other edge is for when one side gets dull or to use on hard bits like limbing branches or when there is a chance of hitting the dirt.
General Board / Re: Quality Axes

« Last post by RPF2509 on Today at 06:55:44 PM »
Spot on Brad B with using a maul for splitting rounds.  I got mine 30 years ago for $5 at a yard sale.  Sharpen it up once a decade or so.  3-5 cords of oak every year since and its still going strong.  Replaced the wood handle every so often after a missed swing.  Tried a fiberglass/plastic handle once and never again when I missed and it shattered and almost took off my ear with the shrapnel.  I don't use an axe for kindling anymore after I sliced my left index finger with a newly sharpened axe.  The maul takes just a tap and the weight takes it through.  Axes are for felling or limbing and only if the chainsaw is not handy.  I tried a hydraulic splitter once and it was more work getting the round to the splitter and vice versa instead of just pecking away where the round lay.  I find that for the wood I split, its easiest very green or very dry.  Its that in-between time that is the hardest.  
General Board / Re: inherited old stuff.

« Last post by Chuck White on Today at 06:40:27 PM »
The really dangerous ones are the 3-point hitch ones mounted on 8N and similar tractors.

The operation is not the most dangerous part, it's when the saw is raised that's bad!

The 3-point hitch arms won't raise unless the pto is engaged, which means that the blade will be spinning while the buzz saw is being raised.

Now, if you're sitting squarely in the drivers seat that blade will strike you in the right shoulder when it gets near the top of the lift cycle.

ALWAYS use caution when raising one of these saws.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2023 ??

« Last post by alecs on Today at 06:24:51 PM »
I was sawing a walnut log that my tree guy brought over because he knew I had the mill and hated to see this log go to waste.  It maxed out the capacity of my Woodland Mills 130 Max - the log at the crotch was over 28" wide.  But I'm happy with how it came out.  First time cutting walnut.  I liked the smell.


Meanwhile, I was talking to my neighbor's tree guy, turns out he was the one who mysteriously delivered some nice 14' long pine logs in my driveway last fall.  He was taking down some more pine.  Said he would bring me some logs -easier to haul them next door for me instead of across town to have them turned into mulch.  So my first batch of logs from this offer was about 5 logs, some too skinny to be really worth sawing.  Fine, i said to myself, I really don't need to cut up more pine, I don't have room for the stuff I have already cut and the last batch I got started to get pine sawyer beetle holes and blue stain before I could get to it.  Five logs is great.  Came back the next day and he dropped off the rest - 12 more logs, these ones up to 22-24" diameter and 14-16' long.  So I go from too skinny to be worth sawing to too big to lift with my FEL!  But the price of the logs can't be beat!   

Then this morning, my other neighbor was having bunch of pine taken down, by a third tree guy who has been generous with logs in the past.  It was all I could do to not go over during their break and ask for the logs to be dropped off at my place.  If I didn't have 17 logs waiting on being milled, I just might have!  But there's only so much I can saw between now and when it will be too warm and the bugs and blue stain will return.  It was 50 yesterday, which is frighteningly unusual for January...  

So if the title of the post is "whatcha gonna be sawin'" the answer is all this pine.  
General Board / Re: inherited old stuff.

« Last post by moodnacreek on Today at 06:14:30 PM »
I have owned and operated several buzz saws, cord wood saws over the last forty years. First one was a stake down one ran with a G JD tractor and a flat belt. Had a few with PTO shafts and gear boxes on the saw with V belts. One I currently use I built from scratch has a 13 HP Honda engine on it. Guy gave me one a few years ago that his brother used for years and hadn't ran in thirty years been sitting in a barn and the farm got sold.  It's a trailer type with a Wisconsin two cylinder engine on it. Uses garage door track for the table slider. I fixed it all up and painted it.
A JD G on a buzz saw.....  Reminds me of a farmer friend I used to take slab wood to. In cold weather he had this little 3 pt. hitch log splitter on a JD 4040 or something, 6 cylinder. He said that was the one that always started. Only a farmer.
Firewood and Wood Heating / Re: Outdoor Wood Boiler Plumbing Question

« Last post by Bob Lentz on Today at 06:04:44 PM »
my run from boiler to heat exchanger is only 10ft.  Total loop of 20ft round trip.
I have heavy duty insulated pex - i cant for the life of me figure out what is drawing the water temp down when there is no call for heat. Runing that short of loop when no water is moving on the other side of the heat exchanger should not cause a drastic loss of heat.

What about the fill port on the top of the boiler - could it be causing cold air to infiltrate the water tank?

General Board / Re: New Shed in the Works

« Last post by WV Sawmiller on Today at 05:57:19 PM »
  On advise from the design committee ( ???) I decided to go get a load of gravel for my shed extension today. I first built a simple box/fame to fit in the bed of my flatbed 5X8 utility trailer.

Just a scrap wide ash board cut into 2 end board just under 5', a 1X8 & 2-1X4's for the sides and I picked up 4 short cut off 2X4s out of my scrap pile and tacked them together with 10-12 screws about 2" long each.

   I drove to a store 15 miles away who sells stone and such and bought one ton of gravel. Here's what a ton of gravel looks like.

I snapped the shaft of the 2" ball on the blade of my tractor turning too sharp but the safety chain held and worked.

It is awful muddy out there but I got the trailer close and unloaded it and covered about 2/3 of the pad along the back side where I planned to build the LE Slab rack. I leveled it to about 3" thick then measured and realized there is not enough height to stand a 10' slab along that wall so I think I will board in the end and build the rack there so I can accommodate 10' slabs. I won't be loading from that end anyway as it is right against the fence. Now I guess I'll go get another ton of gravel tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday and do the whole bay. A tone of stone is only $28.62 so it won't break the bank yet.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Did something dumb today.

« Last post by WV Sawmiller on Today at 05:38:37 PM »
Does this count?

I had this ball attached to the blade of my tractor and was pulling a 5X8 trailer with one ton of gravel today and it got in a bind and snapped the 5/8" or 3/4" shaft on the ball. I did have the safety chain on and it worked as designed and I was able to negotiate the trailer into position. I know this in not up to my usual standards but it will have to do in a pinch.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Did something dumb today.

« Last post by firefighter ontheside on Today at 05:27:42 PM »
That doesn't sound too bad.  Glad you were able to mitigate.  My tractor had expanded metal on the grill guard when I bought it.  Surprising they don't just do that from the start.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Mill Shed - Finally

« Last post by Bruno of NH on Today at 05:23:02 PM »
Very nice Sir
General Board / Re: Quality Axes

« Last post by DonW on Today at 04:32:50 PM »

Another kind of double bitted action.
Timber Framing/Log construction / Re: Floor Deflection

« Last post by beenthere on Today at 04:19:47 PM »
I'm a bit slow understanding what you are experiencing. A few pics of the parts of the barn that you think are "moving" with a live load (buddy running) and pointing out where in the barn it seems to be moving.

Sounds like loose joints from wood shrinkage and those joints tighten up when under a hay load.

There are ways to stretch some tight strings to learn more about what is moving.

Likely is not a structural problem, but good to find out more. Flexing (deflection) is usually low modulus of elasticity in some members. Uncomfortable, but not unsafe.
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