Lateset milling project, 18,000 board feet of Pine

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Project by TreeBones posted 03-23-2008 09:01 PM 3676 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an 18,000 bdft project of Ponderosa Pine that will go to flooring, siding, roofing and framing of a remodel and some new construction for a rustic cabin near Yosemite. All of these trees were removed for fire clearance and are considered salvage logs since none of the local big mills will process logs under 14” diameter at the small end. I haven’t had much time to keep up on things here and will be in Rockaway Beach Oregon again for more milling projects working on all the downed trees from the severe wind storm this winter.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#1 posted 03-23-2008 09:51 PM

That looks like quite a job! Hope you get it done with no complicartions!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#2 posted 03-23-2008 09:55 PM

This project is finished and the only complications were the replacement of the 12 volt battery at the beginning of this one. I’ll be starting several smaller milling jobs this coming week.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 03-23-2008 10:50 PM

Man, that’s too much work for me.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 12:33 AM

That is my dream

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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#5 posted 03-24-2008 01:51 AM


It looks like you are having fun. It is a lot of work but have fun.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-24-2008 03:22 AM

Now that is a lot of trees. Glad to hear they are all going somewhere to be used.

I agree with Suliman, that is most definately a dream. I really need to convince my work to get a hold of one of those mills.

Good luck with the upcoming projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 03-24-2008 04:35 AM

One 12 volt battery? Man, that’s one heck of a cordless sawmill! ;) lol

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#8 posted 03-24-2008 05:26 AM

Wow Ron, thats a beautiful place to mill. All that work, I bet lunch break on that hill was overwhelming and tasty.
Thanks for posting the pictures, it gives me vision to where I’m headed or job/contract I will get sooner or later. I’ll prepair and be ready.
Do you recall how many sharp blades you went through?

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#9 posted 03-24-2008 03:22 PM

would love to “cull” logs like that in Tn
all our big logs were cut years ago

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#10 posted 03-24-2008 03:30 PM

Great work, Ron. With you being that busy of late it appears we could use a lot more salvage log millers. Nice rescue and keep up the good work.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 04:08 AM

BSB, I went through about 18 to 20 blades. I sharpen them myself.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 03-26-2008 10:56 AM

Great project. That is quite a sawmill.

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#13 posted 03-30-2008 01:08 AM

As said above I can only dream of that much wood. I can almost smell The fresh cut here in NY. Thanks for some really beautiful pictures too. My brother-in-law works for USDFS for all that don’t know the acronym United States Department of Forest Services. But again I only get to see his pictures. Thanks again.

-- There is nothing in life better than sawdust and suds but don't get your sawdust in your suds

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#14 posted 04-09-2008 10:20 PM

wow thats a lot of lumber

Geat job


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#15 posted 04-09-2008 10:23 PM

wow you’re gonna have a lot of fun with all that wood!

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