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A couple of years ago I needed a 5" X "5" post... all of the of the
lumber yards and big box hardware stores in the NY Capital area told
me no such size lumber existed. They told me only 4" X 4" or 6" X 6"
posts were available... I knew this to be BS because on Long Island 5"
X 5" posts were readily available, they are usually used for gate
posts. With a bit of detective work I found this wonderful cedar
lumber mill operation, great cedar funiture and products arte very
reasonable prices... if they don't have it they'll make it. Let your
fingers do the walking. http://www.longlumber.net
Yes, by quite a bit. And it's white cedar, not the typical pressure
treated found at lumber yards. And I had a choice of whatever length,
and whether I wanted full dimensional (rough/hairy) or finished ( 1/2"
smaller and planed smooth), I chose the full dimensional. You're
probably thinking why not a 6" X 6" post, but this is a post for
mounting a cast iron farm bell that is cast for a 5" post. suppose I
could have had a larger post custom planed down but that would have
cost more than the post, or I could have cut down the one end to fit
the bell casting but that would have looked out of proportion. The
point is that if one looks around locally they can probably find wood
products of better quality than anything on the net. They were also
very accomodating, they even carried it out for me and secured to my
roof rack. If anyone in the NY Capital region is in the market for
anything white cedar Longs Lumber is the place... looking around their
huge furniture showroom was very enjoyable.
The one thing I neglected to think through was how to mount the bell
after I set the post... the bell weighs 54 pounds... I ended up
building a small scaffold... climbing a 6' wooden step ladder while
carrying a 54 pound bell and then lifting it overhead is near
impossible... had I to do it over I'd have placed the post closer to
I did mount the bracket to the post with those three bolts before
setting the post. But the bell just sits balanced on the bracket, not
really attached except by it's own weight, so unless you're a circus
performer strongman who does balancing acts it really needs to be set
atop the bracket after the post is set. I suppose I could have waited
for someone to give me a hand lifting the bell, but I was by myself
that day and just didn't have patience, I wanted to hear that bell
ring. It's a wonderful bell, rings louder and clearer than I
expected. They sell cast aluminum copys but I doubt they are as nice
as this cast iron model.
My suggestion was therefore based upon my ignorance of the mounting
arrangement. Thanks for the set-me-straight.
Kinda sucks, at least I have found, that the body doesn't perform
nearly as strongly or gracefully as in decades past. It oftimes takes a
disaster or near-disaster to realize new limitations. :-)
My wife's grandparents had one of those bells and it had a beautiful
tone, in fact nearly every farmstead had one when I was a kid. You are
I cannot imagine a cast aluminum bell being anything other than
About 35 miles south of here near the Del. Memorial bridge some folks
had a Iron circle about 3 feet in diameter hanging. It looked like 4
inches of iron sort of like a wagon wheel. Never heard it but it was
something to see.
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