Rustic Woods #1: Where my wood comes from

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Blog entry by DaytonHM posted 09-20-2012 08:02 PM 1993 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I live in a very old and rustic place. The mill that produces my stock for me is part of a farm that has been in the same family for over 150 years. Some of the machines that are used date back to the 1950’s and beyond. I recently went out and took some photos I wanted to share with the LJ’s community. The large belt driven planer is not something you see every day. Its practically amazing to look at…especially when its in operation.
Its a small one man operation…its the kind of place you could spend an afternoon doing nothing and have a great time! Hope you enjoy the pictures.

-- DaytonHM Dayton Va.

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 08:16 PM

Looks like he could use a good dust collection system :) This is great – I would love to see my wood becoming boards. I doubt it is this homey, but I wish it were!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 08:17 PM

Oldies but obviously goodies,

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 10:29 PM

They know how to do it out there dont they? It’s amazing what’s out there if you just know where to look and who to see. Nice photos…...............are they out Ottobine way?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 10:53 PM

Yes….just a few miles from my house. I wish I knew half of what these older folks had forgotten!

-- DaytonHM Dayton Va.

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 01:19 AM

What a great old mill. I would love to see all the tools in action. Maybe a video is in your future?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 05:11 AM

Thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 05:12 AM

That equipment was made to last! But it probably wouldn’t please OSHA! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 09-21-2012 05:45 AM

Some of the machines that are used date back to the 1950’s
I resemble that remark…............

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 09-21-2012 11:42 AM

Me too redryder!! If possible, I will try to get some video of that monster planer in action! Thank you everyone for your comments and feedback.

Happy Cutting All :)


-- DaytonHM Dayton Va.

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#10 posted 09-23-2012 03:24 PM

Thanks for the interesting photos Aaron. We still have a few old mills here in Norway, mainly old circular saw mills and some older planers that are really big and heavy, but still work very well. It’s good to see that these machines are still being used on a regular basis.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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