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I have a woodmizer LT40 and a 1973 melroe bobcat skidsteer to snake logs out of the woods, load the woodmizer and move bunks of lumber around.

I know several folks that own Norwood's and they all like them. Can you tell us more? Maybe post some pictures?
I wanted to guess by the orange color it was a Woodmizer but heck I wanted to say older Norwoods were orange and there's other brands out there. We've got an old 1954 Ford tractor that hauls for us- we actually traded part of the corn crib work to get.

I'd love to see more photos of stuff y'all have made with the mill. Have you not found they pay for themselves almost immediately wth the cost of lumber now? I'll post up some photos when I get back home later of the sawmill, some stuff we have done with it, the tractor over with it, etc.

I will say this- Norwood (the company) has been good to us- very good customer service and they also have a yearly photo/video contest where if you enter and win, you get credit with them for ordering materials (like your blades, so we had one year where we didn't pay for blades at all!)

P.S. That sandbox out of Cedar was absolutely gorgeous. Good work there! I know you made it for the youngsters, but I know folks down here would pay a few hundred for quality like that. Heck, we've seen live-edge coffee tables going for $200-$300
 

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Here are some photos- they're thumbnails to fit, so click to see them larger:

When the mill first arrived and we assembled it
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The mill with our tractor in the background, and a sled we built to skid wood to our cabin to buildimage.jpg

These deserve to be larger though. This corn crib we traded part of the work helping build it to get the tractor. All the outside wood minus the porch floor and interior floor came from us. We even cut the cedar for their door. The top is when it was first being built and the bottom is today. He wanted it to age naturally and therefore didn't stain it. We keep egging him to turn this into a general store! The gentleman that owns it is a former pastor of ours, and they store their heirloom corn in here.
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THAT'S a corn crib??? :lol:

I could LIVE in that!!:gig

Beautiful work!


I was thinking a "corn crib", you know, the round kind with basic metal fencing with holes big enough to let the neighborhood kids through... :eek:
 

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@milkmansdaughter - Our house was actually roughly this size with a shorter roof for the attic! He actually has this tall where you can walk upstairs- he is going to use a big antique conveyor belt system to feed the corn in the top window one day. Because he has probably 2 of his own fields and 3 different fields in all parts of the county raising this corn, he needs a big place! Mind you the corn is miles apart to prevent cross-pollination. He is retired now, other than preaching, so this is his well-being.
 
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Here are some photos- they're thumbnails to fit, so click to see them larger:

When the mill first arrived and we assembled it
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The mill with our tractor in the background, and a sled we built to skid wood to our cabin to buildView attachment 6806

These deserve to be larger though. This corn crib we traded part of the work helping build it to get the tractor. All the outside wood minus the porch floor and interior floor came from us. We even cut the cedar for their door. The top is when it was first being built and the bottom is today. He wanted it to age naturally and therefore didn't stain it. We keep egging him to turn this into a general store! The gentleman that owns it is a former pastor of ours, and they store their heirloom corn in here.
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All that needs place is a fire place and a few windows and someone could live in there. I like wood buildings, does it have heavy beams also? Please post more :)

Surprisingly my old website I abandoned long ago is still working. I used to actually get paid as a guest speaker at several of the wood working clubs in North Carolina to give this presentation ---> https://sites.google.com/site/millscustomsawing/logs-to-lumber-1
 
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@CrealCritter - Love the presentation. New sawmillers need to see this! What good info is included. The man with the corn crib actually had some HUGE really old heart Pine beams he used for the floor framing, the center beam, and I don't think he used them for the rafters though. I'll take a photo of the inside next time we are over there!
 

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@CrealCritter - Love the presentation. New sawmillers need to see this! What good info is included. The man with the corn crib actually had some HUGE really old heart Pine beams he used for the floor framing, the center beam, and I don't think he used them for the rafters though. I'll take a photo of the inside next time we are over there!
I would love to the inside and how the "corn crib" is put together. When I first got my sawmill I teamed up with a old long time Sawyer he taught me good. Then I started trying different sawing techniques to cater to hardwood furniture makers. Next thing you know I had so much work I could hardly keep up and had to hire my son-in-law for help. My sawmill has paid for it'self many times over... it's one of the best investments I ever made.

I also have a couple more woodworking threads here if you want to have a look see.

https://www.sufficientself.com/threads/crealbilly-wood-working-thread.15297/

https://www.sufficientself.com/threads/custom-electric-bass-guitars.15294/
 

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I will be absolutely sure to try and get more photos if we go back over there soon of the corn crib to share, especially inside. He used store-bought lumber for the inside corn stalls and top flooring as we were using the mill and lumber at the time on our house.
 

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I will be absolutely sure to try and get more photos if we go back over there soon of the corn crib to share, especially inside. He used store-bought lumber for the inside corn stalls and top flooring as we were using the mill and lumber at the time on our house.
Please do - it's so cool to have another Sawyer on SS.
 
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