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Tramp metal collection!
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:12:01 AM »
Is it just me or do you guys keep the metal or whatever you hit while sawing?I was out in the wood shop the other day and a buddy stopped by and I ran a slab through the planer for him and he commented on my collection of stuff hit while sawing,its all stuffed up in the rafter bays! he was all over then and asking if it killed the blades ect. I,ll get a picture later today,must have 20 or so pieces. does anybody else keep them and have pictures too ;D 

  

    These where the only photos I had in the computer,but they are good ones :o. Chased this for an hour and it would not stop so I cut it off the end of the log and lost about 2 feet of good cherry log. lets see some pic,s Tim

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Re: Tramp metal collection!
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011, 08:22:04 AM »
I have often wished that I had kept them all, but I did keep this one.  It was completely imbedded in a SYP log.
 

 
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Re: Tramp metal collection!
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011, 08:32:30 AM »
Magic,I havent kept all of the stuff,but I have a tool box on the mill and I throw the nails and stuff into it. I have to clean it once a year and throw all the stuff into a box. and over the years its starting to get pretty full,mostly nails from posters and lag hooks from clothes lines ;D Tim

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011, 09:16:29 AM »
I do same as Tim!

When I hit something, I'll throw the pieces in my tool box.

Mostly I'll hit nails & bullets, but once in a while, I'll get a sheetrock screw.

The sheetrock screws will ruin a blade in no time flat, whereas a nail will usually just take the set out of the blade!

I think most of this stuff is in a box on my bench!

I guess I'm kind of lucky, I don't have a big collection!  ;D
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Re: Tramp metal collection!
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2011, 09:26:30 AM »
I gotta get a picture of it but I just hit a horseshoe in the crotch of a walnut tree. Me thinks it was the 5th piece of hardware (nails and 2 lags) I hit I know it was the 4th and final blade. The gentleman I was sawing for then hit the horseshoe with his chainsaw mill trying to salvage the wood. I got the horseshoe its the first thing I have kept but I will keep all the "cool" things I hit from here out. I do wish I kept the porcilan insulator I hit on my very first log on the new tome woodmizer but I didn't.
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Re: Tramp metal collection!
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2011, 11:04:49 AM »
One year, I pulled all the nails and metal out of the logs. I filled a coffee can with the stuff.  RR spikes are a lot of fun.  So are rocks.  The most interesting thing I hit was a ball peen hammer head.

If you search the forum, you'll find several threads on trash found in logs. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2011, 01:07:45 PM »
Lol...the 22 slug I divided into two eleventy elevens is in the mill box..but otherwise.no. lol
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Re: Tramp metal collection!
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2011, 08:29:04 PM »
OK Guys, got to take a picture of my collection!

  

  

   These are the ones I had to dig for,I guess thats why I kept them. 

  

  This is the all time mack daddy of a sum b-tch,I ruined a blade,couldnt get it to back out of the kerf,wedges and all so I broke it off in the log to get head back,took the saw to get the blade out and hit it inside to log and ruined a chainsaw chain too. Tim

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Re: Tramp metal collection!
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2011, 08:48:45 PM »
Start a museum.   ;D
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2011, 05:05:55 PM »
Start a museum.   ;D
  I,ll charge 5 cents to look at a bunch of metal in wood and a coffee can half full of cut nails :D Tim

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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2011, 05:25:23 PM »
One of the worst things that I hit is cotton picker spindles that people put in for climbing up to deer stands. I don't know what those things are made out of but your blade will not put a grove in one. I have even cut a 16 penny nail in half length wise but have never cut a spindle.
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2011, 08:52:28 PM »
amen on the cotton picker spindles. I've hit a couple. Never even scratched them, trashed the blade..
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2011, 12:56:38 PM »
The worst I've hit were ceramic insulators.
There were 3 in a cherry log, about 4" in on one side.
Even skinned one with the chain saw when I cut it short.

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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2011, 06:50:24 PM »
As late as 1940, sawmills in North Georgia refused to buy logs that came from battle sites of the War of Northern Aggression.  These areas were well known, and had the reputation for lots of iron and lead embedded in logs.  Regards, Clark

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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2011, 03:08:35 AM »
  

In the process of digging out the lower one I found the upper one. 24" White Oak.  I got greedy and tried to cut the log off 2 feet  away. I hit something in the very middle and ruined the chain. It went to the landfill.

Couple years ago I sawed another that was full of stain in the very middle and beeped on the detector. There was nothing there though.  It had a fence staple or something on it when it was only a year or two old.  After 40 years it was completely dissolved.

I didnt hit it but I found a 16 penny with the detector, 17' up an Ash log. Still not sure how or why it was there.
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« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2011, 07:31:37 AM »
logboy, there is always a possibility that whatever was in that log was centered in one of your boards.   ;D
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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2011, 08:47:35 AM »
I am actually hoping to find some metal in my next tree! Next month I'll be cutting up a giant Deodar Cedar that saw the civil war first hand. If I find something I'll post a photo

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« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2011, 10:44:17 PM »
 

 

Magicman, it was completely gone.  I kept using the detector to see how close I was.  When I was right on it I went to town with the saw and axe. All I got was stained wood.  Too bad RR spikes and lag screws dont dissolve like that.

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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2011, 05:57:23 AM »
I had one like that too, in maple.   The board sounded off at the stain but we dug all through it and nothing but gray stained wood.
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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2011, 08:38:39 AM »
Could have been residue from an old nail that had been pulled, and left particals in the wood!

A good magnet would probably pick up minute fragments from the area in question.

The reason I say this is because I have opened up logs with nails or staples inside and they sometimes look like they've only been in there a couple of years!
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