Houston--WE HAVE LUMBER!!! The WOOD Demon works!!!

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Project by Built2Last posted 07-28-2009 12:01 AM 3861 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After building the mill, the tracks, the log trailer and even the cant hook in the last picture, I finally got to saw some lumber today!!!!!!!!
I spent most of the day getting the mill loaded on the back of my utility trailer and then unloading it onto the tracks. Let me tell you it’s a job by yourself, but I finally got it there. Then a loaded a small red cedar log (thanks to my buddies Rick and Rob for the log) about 10 foot long and 8 inches in diameter into the log trailer, back it over the tracks, secured it with the log dogs and then held my breath for the next few minutes. After a few minutes of pulling I realized I had the switch off. I got it cranked and then, (pause for effect’s ) adjusted the height and believe it or not my little mill sliced thru that log like it was butter. I got 3 4/4×4 boards, 1-6/4×4 board, 1-2/4×4 and a 4/4 by about 8 live edge board out of it. So far it’s seems to be sawing the way it should. The boards were the same thickness on both ends and the middle and the blade didn’t seem to drift any.
Since this was my first time sawing with a mill (and have only saw one other operate except for on the internet) I know I have a lot to learn about sawing and how to get the best out of a log but at least I am up and running now.
Now I have to build a shed over it and build a solar kiln. This was my first time to ever build something like this and it was an adventure but satisfying so far. Think I will try a larger log this evening after I go over the mill and make sure everything is still tight and lined-up.
Let’s see, I got five good boards so far and I have a little less than $3000 in the mill, track, log trailer and cant hook so those five boards only cost me about $600 a piece. LOL Maybe it will last a few years and get the average down.
Please let me know what you think!!!!

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 12:06 AM

Looks like a great saw. Of course you started with a nice soft wood. Let us see some oak next.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 12:49 AM

great looking saw. looks like it works good. hope poppa can keep up with it lol.

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 01:12 AM

You are so lucky….wow…I’m jealous…green I tell you….and such beautiful wood.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 01:13 AM

Roger Doger, We have lumber!!! Mission control .. over.. That’s great to hear:-)) Now that you have those $600 boards, the rest will be nearly free!!

I’ve been thinking over my chansaw escapade. I think the next move will be rift or quarter sawing. That is supposed to be how they did it to limit wood movement before they had kilns. I’m wondering if it will help?? Have you thought about that??

-- 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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#5 posted 07-28-2009 01:19 AM

Uh, $600 boards… has anyone ever even attempted to figured out how much we pay per pound when we go fishing? At least you have it paid for now… the rest are almost free… uh, just like in fishing.

And if I recall from your other post, you had the grand kids do the painting… ?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 07-28-2009 01:39 AM

hey that is great news…..youve done a great job…maybe you should saw some less expensive wood for a little experiance….then graduate into some hardwood…..your mill will pay for itself very easily…..withthe price of lumber….now find some good source for getting some logs…....and get to cutting…...have fun….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 07-28-2009 01:48 AM

I’ll let you know right quick what I think; I wish it wasn’t so far to West Blocton. But then at $600 a board, I don’t know if I could afford you if you lived up here.

Great looking lumber. We’re not supposed to covet some things of our neighbors, but I don’t remember a Wood Demon being mentioned in the Bible, so yeh, I’m coveting just a little.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 07-28-2009 01:50 AM

I’ve been following your build. This is fantastic. You’ve done it from scratch to boards. WOW!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 07-28-2009 02:01 AM

Looks like a successful build. Great Job!!!! You should build a cedar chest now and sell it to recoup your cost. $3,000.00 plus labor shouldn’t be too much for a custom cedar chest. lol Keep sawing, it’s only going to get better.

-- John @

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 07-28-2009 02:05 AM

That is AWESOME!! Did you say you were in Houston??

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 07-28-2009 02:11 AM

Congrats and good luck in your sawyer endeavors. The cedar looks great nice pink color. Thank for posting…Blkcherry

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#12 posted 07-28-2009 02:11 AM

really happy for you .
from start to finish ,
a really great job !
now if you can just sell those boards ,
you would be in the black !

-- 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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#13 posted 07-28-2009 02:43 AM

Thanks everyone!!!!
The grandkids left a little bit ago so I went back and sawed another log. Believe it or not it was one that I found on the side of the road. I don’t know what it is but it is some beautiful wood. I will post a pic tomorrow and maybe someone can tell me. That log brought my cost per board way down. LOL
topamax when I get some bigger logs I am going to do some quartersawing.
I have the big walnut log but I am going to practice a little more before I cut it.
Matt, I live in Alabama. But let me tell you, I felt like I had landed on the moon when that first board came off, so I had to let mission control know.

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#14 posted 07-28-2009 02:45 AM

Way to go, I’d love to be able to do that… but there are a number of things conspiring against me. Live the dream man!

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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Ben Kahmann

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#15 posted 07-28-2009 03:02 AM

Awesome, I think just about everyone here is jealous I know I am. Happy cutting!

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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