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Re: The adventure begins
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2020, 01:36:41 PM »
I wasnít planning on saving the board shaped like a bowling pin. I was going to save the board after, but the kids liked it so much. I was thinking of putting something on it and hanging it in the garage. 
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2020, 10:47:35 PM »
You could mount a bottle opener on  it with a little cap catching box, then it's functional and it has story connected to the sawdust addiction.

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Re: The adventure begins
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2020, 09:21:44 AM »
Dustin,

Congratulations to you on your mill and your new venture. I started with mine just 2 years ago with a plan to take my time and enjoy the ride. Things changed rapidly as people find out you have a mill, more equipment is added, and all of the sudden there's not enough hours in the day. I know you will find your niche and learn everything you can here from all of these great folks on this forum. Enjoy! 
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« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2020, 04:13:44 PM »
Itís been awhile since I updated my adventure with the new mill. This walnut log I milled as a practice log, I was able to sell the whole thing. A contractor came and bought all the boards. I donít want to be in the lumber selling business, but it generated some money. 



My first job was this pile of walnut that the customer thought was there for at least 11 years. Not going to lie, mistakes were made, but nothing I wasnít able to work through. 



Most was cut 4/4 but there was also some 1/2 inch.



The last job was the biggest one. It took me 10 hours, was 10 Ash logs, a spalted Silver Maple, and one Pine. The Pine was the longest and biggest log on the mill so far. I didnít take many pictures, but the customers brother was taking lots of videos and drone footage. 







I wish the jobs would come in quicker, but I know the word is spreading. I get the inquiries, but just need them to schedule a time. All in all itís going good so far. Iím set up to saw another walnut log tomorrow that I got from a tree service. Iím going to cut it at 12/4 and see if it will sell just as quick as the first one. 
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« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2020, 09:51:21 PM »
The sawmill got itís first taste at hard metal. The job yesterday was some pine logs to be cut into 2 by material for use around a cattle farm. I didnít even get a full board cut before I hit a chain and we cut the end of the log off. There was no indication on the end of this log that there was metal in it. 



I flipped the log over and started cutting with a new blade. Halfway through the cut, I hit another nail and yet another after that. By this time we were almost to the end of the log. The customer wanted to try finishing the cut before cutting off the board. He was already paying for the blade, so why not.  Opened up the kerf and fired up the mill. Then it all came to a screeching halt a foot from the end. Iím not sure what it hit, but it destroyed the blade and popped it off. The log came off the mill and was destined for the burn pile. Does anyone else try to finish the cut after hitting nails?



The next couple of logs yielded some nice boards and no more metal. 



I didnít even leave much sawdust for them to clean up. 


 
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