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    A Morning with the Saw

    Sawed up a 18" dia. 7 1/2' long Maple log this morning. Ended up with some 1" boards and 5, 2" thick beauties that are hard to find locally. Need to think of a project to build.....when they are dry in a few years.


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    That's pretty impressive work!

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    Neat set-up. You pull the saw to the wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stagewex View Post
    Neat set-up. You pull the saw to the wood?
    I've got a rope and pulley system that is run by a crank that pulls the saw through the log. If you look at the top pic, you can see the crank on the left side. Return is manual, roll saw to other end of track. I have an ATV winch that raises or lowers the saw for board thickness adjustment.
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    When I saw the first photo what came to mine is some kind of Fred Flintstone ejection seat runway track!

    I wish I had the time, knowledge, and skill to do this kind of stuff. This is so cool!
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    Using a saw, I was surprised at how clean a cut it makes. Looks like a bandsaw went down it. I built one that rotates to cut vertical cuts and then rotates to horzontal to take several boards off at a time. I love to see what folks come up with to make lumber for projects.

    Love your carriage system.

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    I must admit. I'm quite jealous. I wanted to buy or build a saw mill a few years ago and decided it wasnt worth it for the small amount I would use it. You can make some pretty neat slabs with a little mill like that. Ill provide a few pics just for fun. I really like metal work and combining the two seems to be my thing.

    slabs cut from a beam removed from a local warehouse built around 1900 you can see a table frame in the right back ground
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    I learned from a local builder about using epoxy to fill imperfections and make the surface smooth. I like the way knots look and I think the epoxy has a neat effect. So I ran the boards through the planer after milling and put masking tape on the bottom over the various holes. The epoxy will run all the way through.
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    once im done with the epoxy I remove the tape and finish sand the entire board. I like the way oils look so I just finish them with danish oil. I know these tops will suffer some abuse over the years, but I like the patina that creates. the knot in this photo is solid, yet you can see through it like glass.
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    here is a hall way table that I made am am fairly happy with. the steel work and powder coat came out pretty well.
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    coffee table and sofa table (5') from another set. the glass under shelf is unobtrusive and very useful
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    Im currently working on a couple more pieces and hope to make many more. That one beam has provided 5 pieces of furniture and I have some smaller pieces for future stuff. I also know where there are about 100 more of those beams so I better get to work!

    I hope that walnut finds a great project that you can enjoy for years to come!
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    Very very nice work. It's amazing how much talent is out there.

    Maybe you should have gotten some of those planks and replaced Littletommy's floors..

    My woodworking skill involves cutting the logs into 18" lengths and sending them into the stove. I did just finish a shed in which I'm going to setup a little wood carving bench. I'd like to try my hand at wood carving this winter.
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    haha I wish he would have!! Do you know those clowns just finished late Sunday. After they left, I found out they broke my toilet which had to be replaced, but is still not working right due to another problem ( I am flushing it with a bucket of water from the tub) and then I found out I had no TV...they drilled two screws through the cable!!! Sheeeees But I like it, it's a whole lot better than the floor that was in this 100+ year old house.
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    Very very nice work. It's amazing how much talent is out there.

    Maybe you should have gotten some of those planks and replaced Littletommy's floors..

    My woodworking skill involves cutting the logs into 18" lengths and sending them into the stove. I did just finish a shed in which I'm going to setup a little wood carving bench. I'd like to try my hand at wood carving this winter.
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    You will need a schnitzelbank. It is an old German vise for wood carving.
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