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Project by patron posted 09-26-2015 02:57 AM 4331 views 2 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

having bought 5 cords of firewood this year
the guy brought it in a semi
and dumped it in the front yard

i found it was way bigger pieces than i could conveniently load in the stove
so got my gas splitter running
and parted them some more
and had to throw them up 6’ to the deck
and go up and stack them too

well i had done the wheelbarrow thing for years
and decided that what i needed was a conveyor belt

looked on CR and was shocked to see prices at around $250
and up for the ones to slide boxes on
and then looked on you-tube
found a guy that made one himself
and since i don’t have the skills or money to do that
and pillow block bearings cost more than i eat each month
i started looking around the place here
seeing all the house and shop stuff laying in the yard


got some 16’ 2×4’s
and made a ‘ladder’
and covered it with some 1/4” cheap box store ply
and some abs plumbing drain lines
drilled holes on the ends of the 2×4’s
for 1 1/2” tube (that’s the ‘axles and them’s the ‘bearings’)

got my hole saws out and made ‘donuts’ to do 1 1/2” axles into 3” roller tubes
for the conveyor sleeves to turn with

and made a 16” drive ‘wheel’ out of 3 layers of osb

well after 2 days steady
and at least 2 mistakes for every inch forwards
(used screws thank god so i could take it apart for revisions)
i got it running last night
and watched the axle heat up and start to melt from the conveyor belt catching on things

off to bed

up this morning and got it solved
(sanded and used lithium grease on the axles)
eased all the corners that were catching the lap screws and nuts
that tied the belt together

made legs for it that fold to the side
(the conveyor belt needs to be able to be changed or replaced maybe)

and had to modify the end to be able to use bolts and nuts to tighten the belt

got my bud to help carry it to the woodpile and set it up
the angle was somewhat steep
so i quick screwed on some custom legs

and tried it in place

you can see the results

all totaled i spent $38 for 18’ of vinyl hall runner
(it was 36” wide so i cut it in half lengthwise)
for 2 pieces 18” wide and some overlap for the seams

and $7.95 for a bigger fan belt

nothin like being able to move up
to some better work ways

well the seasons are changing again

thanks for looking

you all up north – stay warm

and you down under – stay cool

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 03:11 AM

Very awesome build. Work smarter, not harder.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 03:14 AM

Monte’s right on the money. Necessity is the mother of invention. David, you got a winner there!

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 03:23 AM

Sure is ‘up-lifting’ to see how you deal with Life’s Challenges David
A truly ‘moving’ bit of creativity my Friend, Well Done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 03:25 AM

Still a lot of work but you cut it down. Great job thanks for sharing David.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 03:37 AM

thanks for looking and your comments

funny to be using these and more hand tools
to build like on a job site

when all this machinery is in the corner laughing

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 09-26-2015 05:00 AM

Good to hear from you again David.
Love your ingenuity, that’s a great little back saver.
Stay well.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 09-26-2015 05:27 AM

That should make it a lot easier!! It reminds me of 100 degree days in the top of the hay barn with an endless stream of hay bales coming up one of those things ;-) Stacking wood with one looks a lot more sane! Nice job getting it going.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 06:25 AM

Hi David, nothing gets you down, when you are then you’re busy thinking of a solution to the problem. You have an engineering mind, you think big and build big. I admire your determination and how you always come up with a good idea.

Thanks for sharing David.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#9 posted 09-26-2015 08:45 AM

Great use of your Mind David…thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 09-26-2015 10:15 AM

Oh, David! Can I borrow it? I have some shingles to get up on the porch roof! LOL Great job, thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 09-26-2015 11:43 AM

You goofy man. That is really ingenious.
I used to get five chord delivered in eight foot lengths. Warmed me four times.

Can your deck support all that weight?

Nice to hear from you,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 09-26-2015 11:50 AM

That settles it…in a former life David built the pyramids! Oh, and probably Stonehenge too.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 09-26-2015 12:10 PM

I see your reveling the genius in you. Every once in a while I come to this site to see what’s new. Sometimes I see the same ole stuff over and over but not this time. Your project brings back a memory of science project that I built in my freshman year of high school back in 1962. It was a conveyor belt just like yours but in a much smaller scale. ...My teacher didn’t get it, I got a C .. I’m giving you an A+

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 09-26-2015 12:44 PM

That’s a lot of wood, David, so it looks like you are ready for whatever cold weather comes your way. That’ very creative. Among other things you’re a fine engineer and jack of all trades.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 09-26-2015 01:03 PM


-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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