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Re: sawmill

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:12 am

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backhoeboogie wrote:Those Alaska mills you put a chainsaw on look promising.

I used one when I lived in San Angelo with a pretty big Jonsered saw on it. Sawing mesquite. About all I remember about it was the mill didn't have any kind of chip deflector on it and man you were covered with chips by the time you got to the end of the rails.


The alaska mill IMO is too much work and I would only use in a remote location it wouldn't be my first choice
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Re: sawmill

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:13 am

cowgirl8 wrote:Ours was a gas engine sawmill, but husband turned it into electric which was the best thing ever. Its so quiet now, we don't have to have gas on hand and it was just a pain when it was gas run.
One day we may make custom oak molding, that's kind of our plan. Right now we just make stuff for us and an occasional person wanting something custom made. Its usually someone who knows we have a sawmill...I know there are many ways to make money with one and we have a life time supply of many types of wood. We have very little invested in this, so making money isn't that important to us. Its my fav place to be, the woodshop.. I love the nonstress fun I have in there, I think it would be too stressful if I had to constantly make custom stuff for others.
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looks good i would prefer something like that
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Re: sawmill

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:13 am

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rowdyred wrote:sure thing
I want one, right now I'm watching alot of youtube videos and talking to people that own one.


I talk to my guy about his he loves it.. he does custom wood work and cuts lumber. What brand are you looking at mostly.


Around here, believe it or not, harbor freight seems to be big for the part-timers, like I'm gonna be. A few have the more expensive ones. Got a friend whose dad sharpens the saws on the side, says harbor freight seems to be alright. I really haven't decided.


i didnt know HF sold them i wonder whos making them for HF
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Re: sawmill

Postby Atimm693 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:15 am

My dad has a circular mill. It was originally a flat belt drive but we converted to run on a tractor PTO.

If you want straight, precise boards, it takes almost constant tweaking and adjusting, but it will saw some wood in a hurry. Having a blade that is tuned to your mill is very important as well.

We have done it both ways, either sawn it green and stacked it, or let it dry in the log. Some wood will never dry and rot if left as a log before it dries all the way.

As mentioned, best way is to stack it somewhere dry after sawing, using shims between each layer of boards.

We also have a chainsaw mill, but only use it for cutting large slabs, or for slicing logs to are too big to handle on the mill to a more manageable size. Best have a big saw, I have a Stihl 066 and could still use more.
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Re: sawmill

Postby True Grit Farms » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:47 am

I have a Hudson Oscar and I'm going to break tradition. We'd cut pine trees down one day, saw them the next and nail them up the next. I did 2x6 for studs and board and battens for walls. Some of the black pine boards rotted on the porch so replaced it with PT and cypress. We try and keep it sprayed down with a mix of diesel fuel, Tempo and ATF for bugs and rot.
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Re: sawmill

Postby JMJ Farms » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:37 pm

Also good to stack your sawn lumber (with strips of course as mentioned in other posts) North/South. Predominant winds, at least here, are East/West. I like a shelter best but if one is not available you can stack it out in the open and cover it with a couple of sheets of tin. Just make sure it’s fastened down good.
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Re: sawmill

Postby hillbilly beef man » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:49 pm

Whichever mill you get make sure it has a hydraulic Turner. When I was a teenager I helped an old man with a completely manual band mill saw out the sheeting for a couple of hay barns out of 16 ft hemlock. It was a band mill that the saw carriage had to be pushed by hand, and the cants turned with a peavy. He could saw some nice lumber, but dang that was hard work.
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Re: sawmill

Postby skyhightree1 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:53 am

rowdyred wrote:I want to cut my own timber and mill it for lumber, Do I cut trees and let it dry before I mill it or go ahead and mill it and then let it dry, also do I have to let it dry before a build with it? it's all pine


Been looking at YouTube and people built nice sawmills for pretty cheap and they work well
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