20. December 2012 18:50
Cabin Building Day 12
It finally warmed up in interior Alaska
Got the second long wall done with the window openings. One more wall to go.
End view, planning on getting the last wall with door and window done on Sunday.
Loaded up the big spruce to cut some 2x4's
Big spruce with log lifts bottomed out, just able to take a small slice with the 20" bar, to big for the 16" bar.
Had to use a standard stihl chain and standard 20" bar, ordered a 20" bar and low pro rip chain from Bailey's but it has not come in yet.
For those who are wondering how the mill cuts with standard cross cut chain, it really slow and makes some big chips (lots of them)! Rip chain is way faster!
Really did not have a choice, was able to take off 4 slabs and get the log down to a 14" square cant to cut with the 16" low pro rip chain and bar.
14" cant is the max for my 16" bar, cut two 4x14" cants from center then rip the both at the same time into 2x4's, nice getting 2 stud boards with each pass.
Was able to yield 15 true 2x4's and one 1x14" from the large spruce.
13. December 2012 23:40
Cabin Building Day 11
After not being able to go out for two weeks (temps in the -40's F) on the weekend, finally got out this weekend. Two plus feet of fresh snow so I spend most of my time digging things out and getting stuck pulling logs to the mill. Was able to get the rest of the wall beams cut and some of the walls studs for the last two walls. Planning on getting the walls finished up next weekend if its not -40!
Logging in 4' of snow, mad felling skills on the right tree, should have been a field goal kicker J
1st tree loaded up ready to head to the mill, got stuck 12 times on the way (1/4 mile), with a 24" superwide track!!!! If its not -40 its 4' of powder. Warn winch got its workout today.
Snow around floor deck, lumber for last two walls.
Mill after digging it out of the snow.
29. November 2012 18:18
Cabin Building Day 9
Had a local inspector looking at the project this morning when I arrived, I think he was happy with the progress so far. Suggested I upgrade to a m7 J
Back to building
Had too much taper on this one and had to cut it down so the 16" bar would cut it. Cutting another corner post.
Side wall done.
End wall done after dark.
End wall pic 2
Planning on getting the other walls done next weekend if the weather holds out.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 10!
29. June 2012 00:12
Our friends at Husqvarna are offering rebates in the form of Visa gift cards with the purchase of popular chainsaws and blowers from June 8, 2012 until July 4, 2012. For a list of eligible units, click here. The rebate includes the popular Rancher line of chainsaws and handheld blowers.
19. November 2011 01:03
For years professional loggers have used this handy little filing assistant for sharpening their chains on the bar in the woods. However, not all part-time woodcutters and weekend warriors are aware of just how much help this little tool can provide when sharpening your saw chain outside of your shop or garage. Nik Bailey explains the proper use and advantages of the indispensible stump vise. After the scrench, the stump vise is probably a woodcutter's next best friend! We offer stump vises in just about every flavor (Husqvarna, Oregon, Stihl, WoodlandPRO and Carlton). Click here to take a look. But first, click PLAY...
20. September 2011 17:27
FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED SPECIAL OFFER!
Our Paul Bunyan "Shootout" demo units will be available for sale in Cambridge, Ohio!
LUCAS PORTABLE SWING BLADE SAWMILLS - We will be bringing a 6" Lucas Mill Model 618 and a 10" Lucas Mill Model 1030 to the show. You can save in two ways. First, if you pick it up at the show you'll save on shipping and second, we're offering the 18 horse power 6" demo unit for only $11,499 ($1,000 savings off the current SALE price) and the 30 horse power 10" demo unit for only $16,999 ($2,000 savings off the current SALE price)! Just pay for the mill ahead of time and pick it up after the show on Sunday! Our operators will even give you a free quick lesson if you show up a little early. These machines only have a few hours of use - just enough time to break it in for you. There's only one each available at these prices, so if you're interested, give our Lucas Mill specialist, Doug Coughlin, a call today at 1-800-322-4539 extension 228.
As an added bonus, if you purchase one of these units you can brag to all of your friends that Stihl Timbersports World Champion, David Bolstad "broke" your mill in for you!
8. July 2011 01:19
Last week a customer asked us via our facebook page what our thoughts were on the Oregon Powersharp. Bluntly put, he asked "So does it really work?" Well, I talked to Nik Bailey about this because he spent quite a bit of time testing the system at the Bailey tree farm in Northern California. Nik gave me a bunch of great information that I then dutifully posted to facebook. After I was done, I thought, "Gee, it sure would be a whole heck of a lot easier if I just sat Nik down and made a quick video with him on the topic." So, here you go. I took this on my Android phone, so the audio quality is just "okay," but if you're considering giving the Oregon Powersharp a try, Nik has some good information for you. Just click PLAY!
You can also check out Oregon's own Powersharp video and my previous blog post on the topic, here.
3. May 2011 00:27
For some time now. the Bailey's design team has been working behind the scenes on a new look for the baileysonline.com website (in between producing catalogs and flyers). Today we're proud to announce the launch of the newly designed site. In addition to the some of the obvious bells and whistles, the cleaner and updated "look," we will be populating the site with more images, more image views and larger images over the next few months. Your feedback is important, so please feel free to leave any thoughts, comments or constructive criticism on our facebook page or by using our contact us page.
11. April 2011 22:50
Our first facebook contest! Okay, here's an easy one for Bailey's customers: Become a fan of Bailey's on Facebook and leave a comment with the chainsaw model(s) you own/run on our CONTEST POST. On Friday, April 15, 2011 around 4PM PST we'll choose 3 winners at random from the comments to win a Bailey's T-shirt and Camo Bailey's Baseball Cap. If you're not already a fan of Bailey's on Facebook, just click the link and hit the Like button at the top of the page. From there, just follow the instructions above. Fine print: US residents only, please. Good luck!
3. February 2011 20:13
It was recently announced that the 2011 Great Portable Sawmill Shootout will move just a bit closer to us over here on the Left Coast. Here at Bailey's we think the move to partner with The Official Paul Bunyan Show at the Guernsery County Fairgrounds in Ohio this October is a great decision. The dates for the event are October 7-9, 2011 - much later in the year than previous years. The Shootout should find a much broader audience and be good for the niche industry of portable milling. The nice thing about these larger events is that the general public can see first hand, the care, hard work and conservation that goes into a portable milling operation. They can learn about how many of us work hard to properly manage our land and resources. On the competition front, we've confirmed that the Lucas / Bailey's team this year will once again include the incredible Five-Time Stihl Timbersports Champion, David Bolstad. At the last Shootout in 2009, the Lucas team (led by David Bolstad) finished their logs in 35 minutes, 35 seconds, for a cutting rate of 583 board feet per hour. Our tailer, Casey Comer, credited David's technique of milling the logs flat and then turning them for improving the yield from the logs. Their final tally of 583 board feet was 9% greater than the log scale — a higher overrun than most of the bandsaws were able to attain. We expect big things from these guys again this year... Please join us in Ohio this October!