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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)
General Discussion / anyone built a conveyor table before
« Last post by terracefarmer on August 27, 2019, 09:12:35 PM »
Anyone ever built a conveyor table before, if so how did you go about it and where did you get the rollers, or if you built the rollers, how did you do it?

I'm wanting a roller table to take the slabs from the mill to the edger and then the edged boards to a stacking pile without having to handle them so much and carry each board.
For Sale / 42 inch Crosby edger
« Last post by A.O. on August 08, 2019, 01:07:06 PM »
So I saw this in my local craigslist. I know nothing about it or the person selling it but thought someone here might have an interest.
Bandsaw Mills / What do you think about this jack for a toe board lift?
« Last post by A.O. on August 01, 2019, 01:41:36 PM »
So I'm trying to upgrade the jack I'm using for a toeboard jack on my manual mill. Currently I'm just using a small hydraulic floor jack which can be a pain to operate under the mill. Was looking at a scissor jack but with the screw in the middle, it goes up with the jack making its use limited. This one, actually a motorcycle lift, has the screw at the top so it would start above the rails (and below the bunks) and go up from there, giving it more room to move. The only problem I see is the 1100 pound rating... BUT... I don't do monster logs as I don't have the peripheral equipment to move them anyway and I'm just a one old man wrecking crew.. AND... even on some of my larger logs, they may get to that 2000 pound range, but I'm only picking up one end, so half (ish) the weight right??? The little crank handle comes off so you can use a ratchet and socket, or maybe a impact driver.
So what do you think??!29067!US!-1
Off the Topic! / Dispatched a beaver..
« Last post by A.O. on July 21, 2019, 09:28:00 AM »
So a while back while turkey hunting I saw something loping along towards one of my ponds, never saw anything again so I just forgot about it. Then a few weeks ago I saw something swimming in my pond! Then I started noticing the bark being removed from the base of some hardwood trees, mostly sweetgum trees, all the way from the river to my first pond up by the house, about 1/2 a mile or so. Then I saw it again in the pond.. NOT GOOD!
So last night the wife and I sat out on the dock, which we usually do on the weekends, enjoying the quiet and some adult beverages. But this time I brought my binoculars, a tripod, and my little 223 Contender carbine! We sit out there and feed the fish and the turtles and watch the world go by. So we see the interloper in the water off to our right, but when I get up, he spooks and disappeared. 1/2 hour or so later I was scanning the shoreline looking and way off to the left of us, clear across the pond, I see him on the shoreline!!
I get up, readjust my tripod, get a good look at him through the scope to make sure he wasn't our cat and fired one shot!! It was interesting because I had never shot off a floating dock before, so things were not rock solid, there was a bit of rocking going on. He was not moving a bunch so I had time to concentrate on shot placement. Well bang flop and he was down! I hauled him off this morning, weighed him first at 20 pounds, lasered the shot at 114 yards... hope he was the only one, but I'll keep my eyes open.

I deleted my photobucket account due to their new policy's so sorry, no pics. Haven't figured out how to do that yet... someday..
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