I'm gonna experiment with using
this bandsaw as a sawmill, and for that I'm gonna need
some special sawhorses. Now I just need to get
that big log on there. Now I just need my big bandsaw
and a dolly to push it along this log. For my summary experiment, I'm
gonna remove the trunnions, and try to move
the blade guides down.
I now have 44 centimeters, or 17
1/2 inches between the guides. The log is gonna be at
the very edge of the sawhorses, so I realize I had to
add some counter-weights. The log is secured.
This 2 by 4 will guide the bandsaw straight, and
I added this thing here so I wasn't gonna rub the paint
off of it, and, I also added this guard here, so that
when the slab falls off, it's not gonna hit the
blade guides or the wheel. So, I am quite nervous about
this, because I don't know if I'm gonna hit unexpected
vibrations, so if I've got the log held steady enough, or
if the bandsaw is gonna jump. Let's see what happens. My casters aren't rolling
entirely smoothly on the floor, which makes it very
difficult to get a slow and consistent feed rate.
Something's sounding rough
all of a sudden. No problem up here. I don't know.
I don't know. Maybe I'm just overly nervous. I'm kind of afraid of that slab
dropping on the saw when I get to the end of the cut, so I'm
just gonna clamp it on here, it's quite a ways from the
blade, so I'm not too worried about pinching it. Oh, this sucks, this part
here is hitting on here. Basically, this is sticking
too far out, and, I thought the saw would just cut it off
as I went past, but it sticks out
so it even hits this part here.
Now what? Ha, it does work. Now I've just got to flip the
log and cut the next side. It does help that this log
is not so heavy, so I can still lift
one side of it by hand. Just to be on the safe side,
I am screwing this on just a little bit to keep
it from sliding around. It looks like I'm going at
a pretty good speed here, but this is
actually 16 times playback. With 3/4 of a horsepower,
this saw is way under-powered. I actually stalled the
motor quite a few times. Even with sweeping the floor
occasionally, I still ended up getting quite a bit of dirt
build-up on the rollers, and that made for
a very uneven ride. This is the last board I'll
be able to cut off of this like that, because I'm running
out of support on the bottom, and I even added this
brace here to make sure it's not gonna tip off. I guess I got one more board off
of that, but what's left now, I might be able to re-saw some
thinner boards off of it, but not in sawmill mode.
Finally trimming this board,
I just followed along the curve of the wood
instead of using the guide. The log is all milled up
and I cleaned up all of that moist sawdust
out of the bandsaw, because that's not good for it. And, this is ash.
And this tree, at some point in it's
lifetime, it got pruned back because the trunk had all kinds
of branches coming off of it. In fact, I think at the base
it split into two, and one of those got cut off. Ash is a very nice wood, I like
it very much to work with. It's hard,
and it mills really nice..