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Started My Sawmill Build
« on: September 13, 2020, 09:19:52 PM »
After a few years of looking at what everyone has built I started building my saw finally.
 I am using some heavy wall 5 1/2" o.d. oil field pipe I had for the bed, with 2x6x1/4" tubing for cross members, I used 4x6x1/4" for the two ends and the tongue. I will have about 17' of cutting length and bed came out 51" wide. My bed came out nice, flat and square, still have to make back stops, log clamps and stabilizer jacks. I plan to use an axle that I can easily remove the wheel/fenders.
  The carriage is 2x2x3/16, 2 1/2x2 1/2 x3/16 and some pipe I had from other projects. I am using Surplus Center 18.75" pulleys on 1.5" shafts mounted on pillow block bearings. I rigged up an atv winch for the head raising but not happy with that because it does not consistently raise and lower head evenly, I have some acme rod, and sprockets ordered  to redo that.
  I am using a porta-power to tension the blade. I bought Cook's blade guides and a 1 1/4" x 171" blade.
I plan to power it with a 27 hp Kohler engine I have lined up. I still have a lot to do before I make saw dust but it is coming along good!
 I will add pictures when I get a chance to figure out how to do that.

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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2020, 09:35:53 PM »
Trying to learn how to post these pictures are not in any kind of order.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2020, 10:10:54 PM »
Love it.  That thing is gonna be so torsionally rigid you probably wont even need jacks.  Brilliant use of material.
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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2020, 11:31:12 PM »
Wow!  Very impressive. 

I like your rail wipers.  I would add a piece of UHMW sheet behind it and have that actually rub the rail.  That will wear to a perfect fit and then will keep it clean without metal to metal wear.
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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 12:03:10 AM »
Looking really good. Its amazing what person can think in there head. And then put the plan in action is awesome 👍

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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 01:22:45 AM »
Nice looking set-up Boudreaux. One thing I'm concerned about is where the log bunks join the oil field pipes, do they still have an opening on each end at the top? If so, they will fill with sawdust and water. Could not tell in your pics if you closed them up.

Another thing is the use of acme threaded rods, larger mills seem to have problems with those. Chains and sprockets seem to be a better lifting mechanism for the saw head.
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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2020, 06:18:48 AM »
Kinda late now, but make it long!! I have a mill that will cut a 20 foot log. Gives me plenty of room to put a 16 foot on. Lets me get the head out of the way too.
What's the plan for the lumber?
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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2020, 06:28:26 AM »
Looking sweet. I highly recommend you make that tongue removable. You are going to hate walking around it.

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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2020, 06:42:52 AM »
Nice looking fab work. The last 2 mills i have had used brass to wipe the track, gravity held them down. Also maybe run something to keep the carriage from falling off the tracks. Harder with pipe but safety first.  

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Re: Started My Sawmill Build
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2020, 07:49:16 AM »
Great start!    Greetings from Nova Scotia and welcome to the Forestry Forum.

Lots of Boudreaux's around here but usually without the x. 


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