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Dusten Barefoot
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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.

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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.

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I'm going to be building a sawmill on my layout also. Here is something to look at.

http://www.sierrawestscalemodels.com/oscale/mill/o_mill.shtml

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Check ads in the back of the Gazette for Boone Morrison plan pack and video of steam powered saw mill.

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Yes, there are references to him and his work on that page I linked. I may have to get the plans from him.

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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.

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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.

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Well my sawmill is a small backwoods sawmill. So I guess I don't need all the machinery as the larger sawmills did. I do plan on building different types, and sizes of sawmills.







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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.

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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.

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Thanks for that picture Woodie. That is exactly what I need.

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The NG&SL Gazette ran a series of articles titled the Sawmill Chronicles by Reg Shaffer back in the mid 80s. The whole set of 40 years worth of Gazette magazines has been re-issued a DVD.
Here is part showing the list of articles in that series.
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OH my!!! I MUST find that DVD.

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Me tooo!!!. Not listed in the Gazette page (sobbing). Jose.

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I found it, I'll get the link. $140...

http://bobhayden.com/

I did send Bob a note asking about the format of the files. I want to keep some issues on my iPad.

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I got a reply from Bob. The magazines are read in a proprietary reader. He did say that you can print or output 'pages' to PDF. Now I need to save the money. I've bought 3 years of the magazine off of ebay... darn, I could have had them ALL for about 3 times that money.

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Realize that all those "parts" are for a "full size" sawmill, not a small steam powered backwoods kind of mill. Really, all you need for one of those is of course a large circular (or bandsaw) saw with carriage and perhaps a cut-off saw for board lengths. Planers, edgers, and the like would be found in a big "finished lumber" sawmill.
Those Gazettes are EXPENSIVE to get ahold of now. I am kinda taken back that there is such a great cost for something that contains info which can be found by researching the net and the local library. A subscription to Timber Times (http://www.timbertimes.com) seems to be a whole lot cheaper and has the info you need plus historical/modeling articles.
Remember that anytime something is "made for model railroaders", the price rises far above the actual value!

I have no connection with anything and I gripe about everything...
Woodie

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Back in the day...
...I used to DROOL for 2-months, waiting for the new Gazette to arrive.

Of course, then finding that MAYBE one or two articles were my kinda jazz.

I gotta say, I haven't now bought a magazine in living memory !
That's a ton of spare cash to spend on materials !!

With 100 photos of even the most crazy, nuts R.R. stuff the world has to offer...
...only a 'click' or two away...
...the death of the magazine has expanded my horizons beyond belief !

All the fantastic stuff on Freerails, is just the tip of the iceberg.

:moose:

Si.

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'I believe' ... as they said on the X-Files !

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The paper copies of Gazette aren't too expensive on ebay. About 20 bucks for 4, shipped. But, 50 years of them would add up. The DVDs have every page of 50 years of magazine (including predecessors of Gazette) they say. I'm still waiting to pull the trigger. I sure do enjoy the copies I have. The magazine is new to me.

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I can't remember if I already posted this, but...

It is possible, and quite simple to save the PDF files from the Gazette archive. I have about half of them on my iPad now. Soon I will have them all and be able to reference all that good stuff at any time.

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Way back when, I bought & read the Slim Gauge News and Finelines...which "merged" into the Gazette. SGN was primarily HOn3 & HOn30 and Finelines was On3 & On2. Sn3 was in it's infancy then and nobody except crazies modeled On30. I was a mere child then, building an enginehouse diorama using some really outlandish military scale-1:35 with an old Mantua HO 0-4-0t sporting a big cab & O scale parts. Geez...what was I thinking?

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