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    My trip to the sawmill

    About a month ago, we had an oak tree with Root Rot blow part of the way over onto a Hickory tree

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    Eventually the hickory gave in and they both fell to the ground

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    I cut several logs and picked out 6 to take to the mill. Here I am killing a few minutes, since I got there early (it was a dream pulling this load with Blue. The Ecoboost and 10 speed just puttered along)

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    This particular place, which I picked purely by the personality of the owner, runs two Woodmizer LT40 sawmills. The one on the right has been widened and had a diesel engine transplant. It's a monster.

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    I got all 6/4 and 4/4. Some live edge, mostly just clean boards as wide as they could get.

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    I ended up with 680 board feet that is going to get Kiln dried.

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    I picked through the scraps and took a few pieces for little projects with me. I could have taken a lot, but I've got almost 700 bf of lumber to store in a couple of months.

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    Mrs. Bubber was confused when that was all I brought home today.

    I'll post up some video later this evening.
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    The picture of the boards being stacked brings back flashbacks to my two summers working in a very large lumber mill in the very early 80s. It was a computerized industrial type of place, computerized saws that figured out the optimal way to cut to maximize the output. I worked on the back end after the boards were sawn, with computers sorting the cut boards into bins of dimensional lumber of different sizes. A machine that ran on railroad tracks ran back and forth between the bins as they filled up, using chains to pull the lumber up to a flat area to form a layer, then when it got a full layer, it had arms that lifted that layer up and set it over on the other side where that size lumber was being stacked.

    My job? Put those sticks in between the layers. In the hot summer sun of humid eastern NC. 8 hours a day. It was a learning experience in that I learned I never wanted to work a job like that again!

    Nice lumber by the way! I can't wait to see the video!

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    The Hydraulic woodmizer's are my dream saw. For now we just have an old Norwood manual saw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjet69 View Post
    The Hydraulic woodmizer's are my dream saw. For now we just have an old Norwood manual saw.
    That's cool. What do you do with the wood that you saw?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    That's cool. What do you do with the wood that you saw?
    We have built raised bed gardens, barn repair, sliding door for the cattle corral. My brother is currently building a 12 x 16 shed and we are gathering the material to build one the same size.
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    That's pretty cool Bubber there's just something very rewarding about building something from "your own milled lumber"
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    My dream of ever owning a sawmill went down the driveway this spring,,,



    Those trailer sides are over 8 feet tall,, imagine how many board feet there are in this pic,,
    The longest log is 16 feet long.

    That is OK, I am too old to plane a board,,,
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    Thanks for your post. I was thinking of a chain saw mill, but this is a more attractive option I had not considered. We have a mill about 20 miles from us, and he charges 50/cents board foot. This might be a better choice for making beams for the bridge I am needing built. I have plenty of trees, just not the right equipment.

    BTW, my wife would have responded just like yours....priceless.
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    Awesome bubber!
    My FIL as well as my neighbor both have Woodmizers. Matter of fact when i first started dating my wife my FIL had a 40" Belsaw mill set up with a 283 chevy in a frame hooked to a truck rear. Belts ran off the rim to the mill lol. Cut all the wood and then some for their cabin in NH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 356 View Post
    Thanks for your post. I was thinking of a chain saw mill, but this is a more attractive option I had not considered. We have a mill about 20 miles from us, and he charges 50/cents board foot. This might be a better choice for making beams for the bridge I am needing built. I have plenty of trees, just not the right equipment.

    BTW, my wife would have responded just like yours....priceless.
    I've got a chain saw mill. I'm still going to use it one of these days. I'd like to cut a mantle and air dry it for Mrs. Bubber.
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