Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tool Belt Jims sawmill and shop...

Shot a couple pictures of Tool Belt Jim's shop. He moved a recliner in the other day,
and it already had a pretty durn nice wood stove, if you ask me. Guess all that is lacking is a bed. You know where he'll be when company starts invading. He's anti-social. Although he does like taking Mark and Koda up here on Sunday afternoons and fixing them hot chocolate on the wood stove.

Here's some working pictures of Tool Belt Jim's "Mighty Mite" sawmill powered by a 20 horse electric motor which is powered by a 20 kw diesel generator. Here he is cutting up a big Red Oak that blew over last Spring in a storm. He got 16 1x12's and 2 1x6's from the tree and they are 10 foot long. We're thinking about building a chicken house.

Removing a sawn board from the cant.

Lumber is expensive if you have been to the lumberyard lately and having your own sawmill makes it more cost effective to build things on the homestead. At least anyway, you get the satisfaction of sawing lumber that you can't get at the lumberyard.

The lumber has to be stacked so air can flow and this is called "stickering" so the lumber can air dry. You can't use green lumber because it shrinks when it dries.

The power for the sawmill is housed in this little shed located about 70 or 80 feet from the sawmill.

Here's a close up of the generator that runs the sawmill.

The tractor is used for skidding the logs out of the timber and moving the slabs to the trash pile. Slabs can then be cut up for firewood. Called recycling by city folks.
Tool Belt Jim is cutting "stickers" which separate the layers of lumber so they will air dry.

You turn the logs with the "cant hook".
Here's a not very good picture of what a "cant hook" looks like. This one was bought at a flea market and has probably gotten much use in its lifetime.
Learning how to build your own buildings is knowledge you won't regret having when hard times hit us. Which may be sooner than we've ever thought.
Reminds me of my favorite show "the Walton's". Remember how they made a living with their sawmill. Who knows!

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