We have a request to saw timbers for a timber frame, but 6 - 8 timbers need to be 25 feet. We have a standard bed (20') and for a few timbers, don't want to spring for the table extension. Does anybody have ideas, or should we outsource the long timbers and do the rest?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor I:
What type of equipment do you have to handle the logs with? I have sawed timbers to 28 foot long and I also have a WM 20 foot long bed. I blocked up the end hanging off the mill and sawed the first 20 foot square, then I picked up the log and moved it down and leveled it with blocks on the hitch end of the mill and cut the one side the rest of the way. I then finished the rest of the log to the size needed. It is time consuming and you need the right support equipment to handle the logs and then the finished beam. I had an excavator, so I just pick the log up and would swing it to where it had to be. All of these beams were oak, so they were very heavy.
I have thought of building a carriage on a track, for using on my Lucas, drop the log in the carriage and slide it under the power head, to mill the larger logs. Plus I could load a log away from the mill setup, roll it under the mill and saw away. (Sometimes I can make more work than necessary, but DW thinks it keeps me out of trouble. She might be right.)
2) Rotate the log 90 degrees and repeat step 1, three times till you have a cant for the first 16 feet.
3) Now slide the whole log down the bed, re-level and finish making the cant.
With a squared cant with four faces, we use the roller toe boards to roll the log down so that the head can start into the little end. We saw in about 8 feet and pry the cut open. Run the head back and raise it about a half inch. Then raise the toe boards just a little and roll the cant back until it can be sawn out the big end. Lower and clamp. Lower the head back down to the saw mark and saw the flitch or board. Repeat until done. I think this works better than sawing in, cutting the slab method described above. Besides, we were not making beams but 28’ 2x10s. It was a little time consuming but not that hard. Mary sawed some by herself.