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sawmill from ground up
« on: May 13, 2016, 04:50:03 pm »
Finally have a few free moments between farm chores, and making a living, to get going on my steam powered sawmill.  Last fall there was a lot of earth moving to make way for everything.   Also cleared a very large area for log storage.  Not great at posting photos but will try to include a few with some comments on what is going on.  This first photo is of some sandblasted parts.  Not sure if anyone remembers but I am installing a Lane mill powered by a steam engine.  More to follow. 

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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2016, 04:53:03 pm »
Some photos of what I am going to sit the husk on.   I do a lot of metal fabrication and while this is a bit over kill I had it laying around so figured I would use it.  18" I beam left over from another project. 

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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2016, 04:56:36 pm »
Digging for the footings.  Had a bunch of plastic barrels that I normally keep pig and chicken food in, but when they get worn out they make great concrete forms.  I cut the bottom out and use them like the cardboard concrete tubes.  I needed an 18" diameter and these barrels are 20" in diameter so they will work out perfect.

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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2016, 04:59:10 pm »
I know everything looks like a disaster right now but give me some time and it will all make sense.  Since I have some very long timber on my property and have access to more I am going to make a large area to load logs onto the carriage.  More of the 18" I beam to the rescue.  This beam is going to allow a 40' opening where logs are loaded. 

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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2016, 05:03:01 pm »
I believe you can never have too much space.  This is looking out from the mill area to my almost finished log storage area.  When I get more time and am further along I will add more photos.  have the steam engine almost fully stripped and will move on to sandblasting and painting that sometime this summer.  And if time allows I will have the building underway to keep everything out of the elements.  More to follow. 

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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2016, 06:08:49 pm »
Looks like you've made a great start on an exciting project.  I'm looking forward to following along.
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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2016, 06:15:07 pm »
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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2016, 07:23:45 pm »
Looking forward to some more progress!!!
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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2016, 08:35:19 pm »
This is an exciting project!  Thanks for letting us all tag along.
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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2016, 08:59:26 pm »
any pics of the steam engine?
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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2016, 09:05:01 pm »
Very interesting project!  I'm looking forward to following your progress.  That is quite an undertaking.

I think it's great that you are preserving a piece of history.  Good luck.

(Here are a couple links to a steam powered mill here in Richmond VA you may find interesting.  I never get tired of seeing it in action. )
 



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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2016, 04:48:25 pm »
Here is a photo of steam engine from moving day. 

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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2016, 04:51:59 pm »
The engine is now free and turning freely.  All babbitt bearings are in perfect shape.  I have stripped off all of the piping and am re plumbing the entire unit with the correct fittings and pipe.   Sandblasting and painting are hopefully on schedule for this summer at some point.  Will post photos of progress as it happens. 

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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2016, 05:29:54 pm »
Wow.... That thing needs wheels...
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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2016, 10:45:14 pm »
That is a beautiful monstrosity of epic proportions.
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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2016, 11:04:57 pm »
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Re: sawmill from ground up
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2016, 08:35:43 am »
Wholly jeeps, that's old school! Will be watching.