Posted 04-08-2002 at 11:42:09
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I made one a long time ago. It was neat as hell. Had it set up in the office of my sawmill. I have had 3 in my lifetime, No. 1 Lane (70" saw with 50" head saw), No. 2 Lane (60" saw) and No.2 Frick (60" saw). Also had a Belsaw, but we can't really classify that as a SAWMILL, thats just a toy.
I made the carriage from brass available from K&S, used a small cirular saw blade (I think about 3"), cables were from hardware store (picture hangers), spool hand turned on lathe. Bought mini bearings, flat belts from photocopy machines, etc. I took a plastic model of a Caterpillar Diesel, put a little electric motor inside it to power it. Rest i made up from whatever parts i could find.
Whole thing was handmade and actually worked. I sold it a few years later. I spent more time playing with that than I did sawing.