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Need someone to resaw a beam but no one will help me!

by ezgnann
posted 03-21-2011 11:23 PM


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drewnahant

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 11:35 PM

It is a project for the wife? perfect reason to get a bigger bandsaw! Wish I could help, but Im not in the area, the main reason that mills dont want to touch the stuff is fear of old metal imbedded in the wood. Even the tiniest piece of a nail broken off in the wood can chip their blades and force them to resharpen, most mills will calculate the cost of this downtime, labor, and lost life on the blade at a couple hundred dollars. There is also the obvious reason, it is a small job, why would they shut down their operation for a minute to do your tiny job.

It is unfortuante that people are so concerned with efficiency and profit that they cannot take 5 minutes at the end of their day to help out a fellow woodworker, but its true. Your best bet is to look for a fellow woodworker with a large bandsaw, if they are friendly a case of beer and some good conversation will pay for the time, otherwise $50 seems fair to me. You might try putting an ad on craigslist, most of us woodworkers are on there looking for odd jobs, old tools, and old lumber.

good luck, and dont let that beautiful reclaimed lumber go to waste.

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Richard

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 11:35 PM

Check this link it has listings at the bottom of the page. Or maybe some local LJ has a bigger saw or portable mill and will step up to help you out. Good Luck
http://www.magicyellow.com/category/Sawmills/shreveport_la.html

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Max

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#3 posted 03-21-2011 11:38 PM

You might try contacting a company like Wood-Mizer to see if they have a list of some people who may have a portable mill in your area that you could contact.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Loren

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#4 posted 03-21-2011 11:48 PM

You can saw them open with two passes on the table saw –
leaving about 1”-2” in the middle which is fairly simple to rip out
with a hand saw or reciprocating saw. I’m dead serious –
doing it this way is not at all inefficient if you don’t have
a large bandsaw.

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Howie

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#5 posted 03-22-2011 12:04 AM

Might try putting a request on Craigslist if it’s in your area.
Otherwise Loren has a good point.

-- Life is good.

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davidroberts

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 12:37 AM

Not sure if you checked with the company below. They may help you. They are in Mt Enterprise, east Texas, about 100 miles from Shreveport

http://www.hardwoodbarn.com/

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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bandman

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 03:33 AM

I would check out the woodweb sawing and drying directory for sawyers close to you, I’d saw it
for you but I’m up in Wisconsin.

http://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/directories/sdd.cgi

Phil

-- Phil

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Barbara Gill

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#8 posted 03-22-2011 03:49 AM

As someone said, call WoodMizer. They have a list of sawyers.

-- Barbara

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ezgnann

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#9 posted 03-22-2011 03:50 AM

Great Ideas Folks! You have given me a bunch of calls to make. Keep the comments coming!

-- Woodworking is cheaper than psychotherapy and better for me than whiskey

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HorizontalMike

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#10 posted 03-22-2011 04:04 AM

Why not just turn the beams and resaw at 5.5” instead? You are going to have to dress all the newly resawn lumber and join anyway. Adjust your dreams to the reality of your current equipment’s capabilities. And besides, a couple more laminates will make a bit more stable tabletop. Personally, I would be thankful the 5.5” measurement fell within the scope/limits of your BS. This was a gift, so make the most of it without fretting so much. That’s my 2-cents worth…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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ezgnann

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#11 posted 03-22-2011 04:09 AM

Good point Mike, but it is the size and weight of the beams that really concern me. The big ones take 2 strong people to move them, let alone put them on my bandsaw. I will cut at the 5.5 myself if I cannot find a someone to cut them for me.

-- Woodworking is cheaper than psychotherapy and better for me than whiskey

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swirt

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#12 posted 03-22-2011 04:23 AM

Don’t think about putting on your bandsaw. You want to think of it more like passing it through your bandsaw. You need some good roller stands. They should bear the brunt of holding the beam up, not your bandsaw table.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Clarence

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#13 posted 03-22-2011 07:29 AM

Talk to the people at Chandler’s Demolition in Bossier City. They used to resaw beams from houses they tear down to resell as flooring. Have no idea if they will be willing to do this for you.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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richgreer

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#14 posted 03-22-2011 02:15 PM

If you are going to cut them into 5.5” boards, you should be able to do it with a TS or circular saw and track, working from both sides. This is a good time to talk to the wife about a Festool TS 75.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Brandon

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#15 posted 03-22-2011 02:53 PM

I don’t know how you plan to use the wood once it’s been resawn, but do you need the full 90” length? Can you cut that down in to two 45”’s or three 30”’s? That would be much easier to handle while running through a band saw.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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IrreverentJack

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#16 posted 03-22-2011 07:49 PM

”Adjust your dreams to the reality of your current equipment’s capabilities”

Mike – That’s advice worth way more than 2-cents. -Jack

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thom

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#17 posted 03-22-2011 10:11 PM

They do sell those small sawmills, ? you could get one, would be handy to have around :)

-- Thom custom furniture http://www.creativecustomfurniture.com and custom sized poly-wood http://www.plastic-board.com

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Bertha

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#18 posted 03-22-2011 10:52 PM

I’ve seen Loren’s idea used. Does anyone rent portable sawmills? How about those little chainsaw sawmill thingies? Good luck! I’d help but I no longer even own a bandsaw.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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ezgnann

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#19 posted 03-23-2011 12:39 AM

“Honey, for me to build this table I HAD to buy this new portable chainsaw mill” Do you think it will work?

-- Woodworking is cheaper than psychotherapy and better for me than whiskey

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peterrum

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#20 posted 03-23-2011 07:37 AM

Ask the guys in the milling and sawmill forum at www.arboristsite.com. Very helpful bunch there.

-- Carpe Diem

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Scsmith42

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#21 posted 03-26-2011 05:40 AM

RE: I’ve seen Loren’s idea used. Does anyone rent portable sawmills? How about those little chainsaw sawmill thingies? Good luck! I’d help but I no longer even own a bandsaw.

—Al, West Virginia, www.berthacombat.com

NO – I don’t know of any mill owner that would consider renting their sawmill, except to a very experienced miller. There is too high a liklihood of damage occuring to either the equipment or the operator.

-- Scott, North Carolina, www.quartersawnoak.com

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Moron

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#22 posted 03-26-2011 06:23 AM

DIY….translation….do it yourself

rip 1/2 way through, flip and rip again

a good hand saw and a sharp plane your there

even with a cheap TS…..........I wouldnt waste my money hiring that out

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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