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Circle Mills / Utility poles for piers
« Last post by Leeroy on January 13, 2020, 10:50:32 AM »
Any and all comments are welcome.
@bandmiller2 I'm especially interested in your foundation, as I know you've mentioned it. Pictures would be great, but I'm guilty of not knowing how to post them, understand if you are same!
This would be for a Chase handset mill. Only milling for ourselves.
I've been offered utility poles and feel like this will work for us.
  Some quick questions are: must they be on concrete?
Approx lengths?
Last but not least-I heeded your advice on measurements and photos during disassembly,
but cannot find these. I'm guessing it can still be assembled albeit with extra time.
Welcome! / Hello Newby here
« Last post by xmarine on December 30, 2019, 05:35:15 PM »
Just got my mill about 2 weeks ago.Woodland Mills 126 with 14hp.So far having a ball.This forum has a lot of knowledge and I can,t wait to learn from it.
General Discussion / OMG! Not sure if we can keep doing this
« Last post by Kirk Allen on December 23, 2019, 04:47:07 PM »
OMG, I am not sure if we can continue to keep this place going with all the expenses involved. 

We recieved our annual bill for the site and let me tell you, I think we are going to have to shut the doors unless we can coordinate a go fund "ME" page to relieve all this burden.  We should also initiate a fee to "ME" for items sold on the site, let's say 20% for starters?  Donations will always help but I don't think that is going to get us where we "I" need to be.   

OK, April Fools at Christmas!   

Our ongoing update of the costs of this site should put the lies of other sites in perspective. 

Total bill paid today for an entire year of hosting - $83.88

Off the Topic! / new computer finaly
« Last post by mike p on November 27, 2019, 10:24:10 PM »
most of yall know i was off the air for several years after our computer melted, i got to log on at library a few times but thats a 30 mile drive round trip, and they only let you on for an hour  then your put in back of line so my step son hooked us up with a new Rasberry pi computer its about 1 1/2" tall x 4" x 3" runs on motorcycle 12v battery, with trickle charger 110v. has Linux operating system. less than $100 for the 1 1/2" tower, useing old flat screen tv for monitor. wireless mouse & wireless keyboard . But i still type with 2 fingers, i tryed useing more but they get in the way of seeing were the letters on the buttons are. i think its acts more like a old mac than microsoft. i need to get him back to show me about pic loading to it from phone & camera, but hes bussy driving a straight box delivery truck for amazon.there running mandatory overrtime now.
i been having trouble with my phone so i been of here for a while but now im learning this new to me Linux system
Off the Topic! / Daylight savings and farm thoughts
« Last post by Ox on November 03, 2019, 05:49:56 AM »
I wish they would just turn the clocks half an hour back and just leave it there forever.  That way each side (those who want daylight savings and those who don't) gets half and everyone can just forget about it.  Personally I'd rather have the extra light at the end of the day.  It's a bummer when it's too dark to work around 5:30 PM.

Maybe I need to wire up some tractor work lights onto the mill.  Wait.  No, all our money is going to getting outta here!  Fair trade, fair trade. 

Found a nice place in Missouri with nice large buildings and hay ground ready to go.  Real estate prices from when we were looking 20 years ago make my ass slam shut, I tell ya what.  Yikes.  But top quality alfalfa sells for AT LEAST $8 and up for small squares around 50 lbs so on 180 tillable acres with average of 100 bales per acre in 4 cuttings means roughly 144k gross.  First year will be minus 30k for seed and fertilizer, then the 4 years after that will be minus roughly 15k per year for fertilizer. Not bad for an old dirt dragging hillbilly, I don't think.  And this is figuring low.  Reality should be closer to $10 a bale and 180k a year.  Couldn't do it if not for a good family and them being willing to give things up and make sacrifices so's we all can live a better life.  We're remodeling our little double wide as I type this.  It is an exercise in patience and temper management.  Our place is only 1000 sq ft with 4 of us living here.  Not much space to move stuff to rip up old rugs and lay down vinyl flooring, but not before peeling the vinyl off the so-called sheetrock so new paint will adhere to the walls.  On a positive note, the red pine I had sawed out 4 years ago has seasoned nicely at 1/2" per board (for paneling, this stuff was just starting to get punky so I figured I'd mill it out for something that's not structural) and after a quick run through a thickness planer and a quick rubbed on oil coat (using some nice mineral oil (ordered through Richard at Cutting Edge) the "denim pine" really pops and makes it look nice as 2" trim on top of a nice country white/eggshell type white wall paint.

This time next year we'll be sitting on our own farm with some financing through the FSA/USDA and it don't matter what state we're in as long as it's south of the Mason Dixon.  :)
Bandsaw Mills / FAT WOOD cutting
« Last post by A.O. on October 14, 2019, 07:50:58 AM »
Does anyone here cut fat wood or fat lighter or what ever you want to call it?

I've got a few good sized stumps I'd like to cut up, thinking about putting it on the mill but talk about sap/pitch.. man is it loaded!

Thoughts?? techniques??

Chain Saws / Chain saw question..
« Last post by A.O. on September 27, 2019, 06:46:49 AM »
So on my MS362 Stihl.. I cut up a bunch of big logs a couple weeks ago, saw worked great. Then the last couple cuts were labored and I just figured the chain was getting dull, even got some smoking out of it. (the chain not the saw itself). Took it back to the shop and sharpened it.. no change, labored to cut and a smoking bar AND it was cutting in an arc. Dressed the bar so the rails were even, cleaned everything up, made sure the oiler was working. Put it back together and same thing, seems to cut crooked, smokes , and labors to cut!!

Bandsaw Mills / Show and tell, 2019, newly updated mill
« Last post by Ox on September 19, 2019, 04:49:59 PM »
Where the mill used to sit and logs from last year that still need milling.  Front porch on left was built last year and back porch on right was built year before that.  I think it makes the little place look a bit better.

Sitting in my old rocker on front porch looking to the north.

I don't think many people build this way.  Do they?  I like it because it's unusual and rugged too.  Reminds me of a more modern way of post and beam construction maybe?  I have no idea.  Opinions are welcome.

View across the road off to the north - neighbors have a corn maze in there and it's loud and busy on weekends.  :-\  I'm a hermit and like my privacy and quiet.  But I can't knock someone for trying to "save the farm" and make some money.  Only a few more years....then we'll be in the southern promised lands.

Bringing hemlock logs through to new "saw yard".  Kinda close, eh?

The old 'hoe.  1964 Oliver 1600 with Parsons loader and backhoe.  Those are semi truck tires on the front - comes like this from the factory.  She's a rugged old thing and likely one of the biggest ones available back in the day.  I rebuilt the 265 Waukesha diesel about 10 years ago.  Lots of hoses, hydraulic pump, tires, etc.  I'll never get my money back out of her, but ya can't win them all.

Little Suzuki PE175 my daughter and I rebuilt and repowered with a 6.5 hp Predator and torque converter transmission.  She rides the hell out of it and it's doing quite well.  Had to cut and remake some frame at the front, but that was all besides all new bearings and brakes and stuff like that.

Tell us what you think that can help. / Easier way to post pics??
« Last post by A.O. on September 12, 2019, 03:02:43 PM »
I like posting pics, but since photobucket screwed everybody over and I deleted my account I cant figure out how to do it. I know Furu posted a step by step process but it looks like a three day process. Several other forums just have a "insert picture" Icon that just takes you to a "browse" box. I see we have that "insert picture" icon but it doesn't seem to do anything.

Please.. I miss posting pics...
Woodworking / New toy for the shop..
« Last post by A.O. on September 10, 2019, 07:28:09 AM »
So I'm hopefully getting closer to building a set of new cabinets for my kitchen, so I was looking through craigslist the other day (I scan it all the time looking for deals, AL too ) and ran across a Milwaukee panel saw for sale, seemed like a good price so Saturday morning took the hour twenty minute drive to have a look. Low and behold it DID fit in the back of my truck! ;D
Seems like its in very good condition, missing a couple little things ,which don't really effect usage, which I'll get eventually , but I'm very happy with the purchase! New ones are anywhere from $1400- $2000 and I got it for $550 . Always wanted a panel saw in my shop but could never justify the cost. I'm not getting any younger, have had both my shoulders done, and running full sheets of plywood, especially 3/4 stuff, through the table saw is (and always was ) a pain!! looking forward to having this machine to make my job easier!

(sorry not a clue how to do pics here anymore)
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