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Miniature sawmill
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DeadCarp    Posted 04-07-2002 at 09:45:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anybody ever try to make one or anything? I thought it would be fun to scale one down for demonstrations - it wouldn't need all the tricky parts but enough to roll the little logs and have a carriage and dogs and such. I thought maybe 1/4 scale - any ideas? What would you put on one if you were making it?

rhudson    Posted 04-08-2002 at 21:38:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i saw one at last years stonewall engine and tractor show (rustburg Virginia) was running off of a scaled down case steam engine. sorry no other info.

Les...fortunate    Posted 04-07-2002 at 13:19:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow, 1/4 scale. That's still pretty big. Sounds like a project but not one I'd be interested in. We have a sawmill. It's a Lane #1.

Bob    Posted 04-08-2002 at 11:42:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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.

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