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RE: First adjustments and maintenance for the sawmill.

in Homesteading6 months ago

Looks awesome man! I think it wouldn’t hurt to inspect that pulley system after every use so that the dust doesn’t get everywhere. I can imagine that it produces a hell of a lot of dust! Is it better having it be wet dust over dry? I know it doesn’t go nearly as far as it would being dry but I guess the water also improves the life of the blade, cooling it down.

I didn’t first know what you meant for why you were doing the angle grind but then I saw the log against it and got the idea. I think it’s important to get rid of that annoying little overhang!

We’ve got a few of the rounds ourselves and love them. They should be fully dry by now I hope but we won’t be putting them to use until we move to a real house, hopefully within the next 4-5 months.

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The wet dust definitely is easier to manage because it doesn't travel as far, and with the right amount of water I don't even need to wear the mask. The pulleys that are just used as rollers are the ones I have to watch most closely, but when I have a problem here I can usually feel it when I roll the saw head back to the beginning of the cut. The pulleys that are used to raise/lower the saw are high enough up that they don't collect much dust, but there are some other areas of the lift mechanism that I'm looking to upgrade... will talk abou those in a future post!

Great looking pieces! Is that large slab walnut? I can't wait until my walnut trees are big enough to make lumber out of!

They are a version of maple I believe. The picture here is when we got them fresh (and soaking wet) from the family farm. This amazing little family farm in Maine was having a sale on their lumbered pieces it was awesome. I forget the kind of maple he said it was but I’m pretty sure it was a maple.

Here’s some other pics from the place, I could’ve bought so many lol

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I couldn't tell you exactly which type of maple tree, but in these pictures it definitely looks spalted.