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Fisher & Davis Pics
« on: September 22, 2006, 11:50:53 AM »
  First I would like to thank everyone for their reply,  especially Unclebuck for his help.  I
believe this forum has a lot of knowledge that you just can't find anywhere. 
   I've included some pictures of this mill I would like to refurbish.  If all I wanted to do was
saw lumber, a wise man would tell me to foreget this project and buy a band saw.  But I
really have three reasons;
        1. Memories
        2. It's a beautiful piece of equipment
        3. I would like to hear it sing again.

    Again, if anyone hears of a Fisher & Davis Sawmill, please leave me note.   
   
                                                                 Thanks Tom Foley






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Re: Fisher & Davis Pics
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2006, 01:35:59 PM »

 First Mill I owned was a Mongrel. Had a Corley husk and a Fisher-Davis Carriage. The heavy balls were straight out from the dog spikes. A heavy off center log would pull the dog spikes out from the headblocks. Didn't like that one bit. Filed grooves in them and it helped a little. That Carriage had cast-in measurements and would take a log bigger than 42". That's as high as the figures went. HEAVY rascal, it was.
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Re: Fisher & Davis Pics
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2006, 01:04:32 AM »


Mill sizes like #1,2,3,4 etc are just that . #1 being the smallest and then it jumps in size of timbers it is built with around the husk etc.. Bigger and heavier husks and belts and carriage etc on a #4 than a #1 . 

Looks like all these old mills manufactured during when there was alot of demand and competition kind of used this 1,2,3,4 as a standard like we use 1/2 ton,3/4 ton,1 ton trucks etc ...

My scanner is needing connection so I used Buzz's trick and just took a picture  ;D

I can try and zero in better if ya need . No trouble at all . Sandblast,paint, a few knick knacks and some wood and youre ready !
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2006, 01:42:54 AM »
I put a few more pics in my gallery for you ok.  Just a guess but most of the mills sized as #1 used mostly timbers of 3-1/2"x9-1/2" size for material so if ya cant get it I wouldnt be afraid to use store bought boards and glue packs of them together and run em through a planer and suck em in good because you will be having carriage bolts stuck through a hundred places in your wood by the time its done . Looks like pine is used everywhere . Have fun and actually I think youre in really good shape there once you get it up out of the grass ! Thats as far as I can help so Harold and Buzz and many others will be of more advice . U.B.  :P
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2006, 06:23:07 AM »
The first mill we run was a Fahrquahr mill that was rewooded.  They used straight grained Doug fir for the new wood.  That worked pretty good.  I imagine you might be able to get away with a good southern yellow pine.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2006, 08:47:57 AM »

 I used Creosoted SYP in Arkansas. Used 4" X 6" rails. Corley rails are 4" X 6" , I THINK. Hey Greg.  ??? ???

  I set up concrete piers on 12" thick footers, and bolted 2" X 8" boards down on them. Used Angle Iron to bolt the rails to the 2 X 8's. Mill never moved enough to notice. Sawed some of the straightest lumber for miles around. I have older photos in Florida, that have turned reddish from age. I'm going back there in 3 weeks, if ya wanna see what I did.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2006, 10:18:12 AM »
     Really appreciated the pictures, it's nice to see what this mill will eventually look like.  I
know my pictures didn't turn out very well.  By the time I shrunk them, to fit within the
forum's limits, the quality went south.
     Tried looking at some of the details in those pictures, but when I zoomed in it became
very distorted.  If you have time, e-mail the pictures full size.  Thanks in advance.
      Again, thanks for the information.  Iv'e learned more in the last week than Iv'e learned in
the last couple of years.

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Re: Fisher & Davis Pics
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2006, 09:51:26 PM »

 I used Creosoted SYP in Arkansas. Used 4" X 6" rails. Corley rails are 4" X 6" , I THINK. Hey Greg.  ??? ???

  I set up concrete piers on 12" thick footers, and bolted 2" X 8" boards down on them. Used Angle Iron to bolt the rails to the 2 X 8's. Mill never moved enough to notice. Sawed some of the straightest lumber for miles around. I have older photos in Florida, that have turned reddish from age. I'm going back there in 3 weeks, if ya wanna see what I did.

I'm pretty sure the #5 has 4x6 wood in it.  I'd bet on it but will have to check to make sure ;) ;D  I've got one dog on my Corley that is almost exactly like the ones these pics.  Get her up outta the grass and buy a five gallon jug of Rust Reaper 8)  It'll saw again :) :)
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