Does anyone know of all the machinery used in a steam powered sawmill other than the saw blade it's self. I also would like to know how the line shafts were placed, or have an idea at least on how the outline of an old steam powered sawmill was.
Dusten...there have been books and many articles written about sawmill machinery and overhead drives. There should be plenty on the net about this. If you can't dig anything up, let us know, I am sure the answer is around. Good luck.
Thank ya'll for the model. I did try to dig up for info on the net, to my bad luck I was unable to find what I needed. I am building computer models. I was unaware of the machinery in the sawmill. I thought there was more to it, like a planing machine and some other assortment of different carpentry machinery. This is really helpful and much appreciated.
Mills are variable, very much so. A rural sawmill may only make rough dimension lumber. I was lucky enough to visit and buy from a flooring mill that made oak flooring. That one had LOTS of different machines, since they made logs into finished flooring boards. There can be planers, edgers, saws to cut to length, all kinds of things. You need to decide what you want to build.
My mill will be a plain rural mill, producing only rough sawn dimension lumber.
Dusten, as you research this subject, you might look up who should be the "master of model sawmills", the late Jack Work. Mr Work was a very prolific author/builder in the 1960's and 70's and his work is proudly displayed in many west coast (US) museums. In those days, everything was scratch built, even to Mr Work making his own nut/bolt/washer details. I just thought you might like to find about someone who influenced me and others of my generation.
Here's my little mill built a couple of years ago. It is powered by a gasoline engine but has the machinery that a steam mill would have for it's size. Everything except the pulleys were scratch built.