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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2020, 06:55:40 PM »
Where are you located with a name like mesquite cutter? SW somewhere?
South Texas, Rio Grande Valley area.  

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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2020, 08:05:41 PM »
To peen, hitting it multiple times with a punch type tool,  the weld will actually stretch so it will relieve the stress caused by the shrinkage when the molten metal cooled. Usually works best when only one bead of weld has been laid down. Multiple passes can be peened between each bead but it can only do so much. I have only had air needle scalers so I have not researched if there are other types. My work partner could straighten 20 foot long conveyor augers with a torch and a wet rag and a dial indicator so the auger and the bearing journals ran true. He would heat an area hot enough to sizzle when spit upon and then run the wet rag down it and watch the dial indicator. Never was able to pick up the physics of how he did it.

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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2020, 10:06:15 PM »
Well here is my finished base for the sawmill.  It only warped about 1/8 or 3/16 of an inch.  

 

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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2020, 12:00:09 PM »
you can fix that by putting the rails on straight and not worry about it. I was thinking it was a vertical movement.

Just make sure the rails are parallel and square to each other.

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« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2020, 01:05:28 PM »
Time to weld the bottom.  I am trying to get as much done as I can before I get to work.  

In that note...  My heart goes out to all of y'all that have been laid off from work during this corona crisis.  As law enforcement, I am one of the lucky ones that still gets to keep in working.  

 

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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2020, 01:11:10 PM »
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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2020, 06:47:36 PM »
you can fix that by putting the rails on straight and not worry about it. I was thinking it was a vertical movement.

Just make sure the rails are parallel and square to each other.
Wondering if the saw carriage wheels on one side can have a bit of side to side play to prevent binding if there is a bit of inconsistency in track parallelism?

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« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2020, 06:54:53 PM »
I think it will.  I will be using casters that are 2 inches wide and the beam is 3 inches wide.  The four post frame will be three inches wide also.  You can see them lying next to the frame on the ground. 

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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2020, 08:46:13 AM »
Wait.. Are you using flat casters? Something with a flat wheel that will roll on a flat surface?

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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2020, 12:31:52 PM »
you can fix that by putting the rails on straight and not worry about it. I was thinking it was a vertical movement.

Just make sure the rails are parallel and square to each other.
Wondering if the saw carriage wheels on one side can have a bit of side to side play to prevent binding if there is a bit of inconsistency in track parallelism?
This is always a good idea. I have seen many builds that use angle welded legs down forming a V. that does not give any flex at all without the carriage riding up on one side. Unless you have floating rollers.

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« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2020, 12:32:34 PM »
I would not recommend flat on flat unless you have very good scrapers. Even then its not likely a good idea due to buildup.

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« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2020, 12:40:21 PM »
Wait.. Are you using flat casters? Something with a flat wheel that will roll on a flat surface?
I will be using V groove casters.   The similar to what Cooks sawmills use.   I was going to weld a 1 inch 1/4 thick angle iron upside down to serve as the rail. 

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« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2020, 12:44:09 PM »
My next step is to get a 3,500 lb axle to install and weld the trailer hitch part also so I can move it around. Then get the trailer jacks installed.  Once that is done I will be able to level it and build the saw frame on a level bed frame.  

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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2020, 12:49:32 PM »
I am undecided if I should go with  3 trailer jacks on each side or go with 4 on each side.  What do y'all think?  The trailer is 20 feet long.  

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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2020, 01:40:33 PM »
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« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2020, 04:03:47 PM »
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+1 on that.  (that is, I agree)  Don't use or rely on the axle as a supporting item.  You may even want to remove the wheels (or have the entire axle removable) when on site so you are not running into them when cutting.  Will depend on the size of you saw head/overhang.  The tires may also be an issue when loading logs.
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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2020, 04:35:44 PM »
I bought the casters that Cooks sells they have them for either way for the angle to be 90 degrees up or both sides down I chose the 90 degree and added a wiper in from and back of the carrier to keep the track clean work well do not have build where it gets a bump. I spray a little ATF on the rail and casters and it clean up nice. With the angle at 90 degree there is less surface area for saw dust to collect.
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Re: DIY sawmill build
« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2020, 12:42:02 AM »
I bought 8 jacks 4 for each side and only ended up installing 6 of them. But I also have outrigger style legs to stiffen everything up. 
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« Reply #39 on: March 27, 2020, 06:51:54 AM »
I priced the 3500lb axle.  It is a bit more pricey than I thought.  I am considering looking for a used axle.  I don't think a 2500 lb axle would be heavy duty enough after all that steel on top.   It will only be holding the sawmill.  The trailer jacks will be holding the weight of the logs but still, I don't think 2500 lbs it is sturdy enough for the sawmill.  What are your thoughts?


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