If they can get you out after you get stuck, they must be strong, like
the old Russian women. ;-)
The absence of accidents does not mean the presence of safety
Army General Richard Cody
My economics instructor, a native, had his own theory behind the declining
birthrate in the RSFSR. He reminded us of the true equality for women they
had in the Soviet Union. "Women are truck drivers and lumberjacks. What
would you think of going to bed with a lumberjack?"
Had to admit he had a point, though even the finest-looking urban types lost
a lot of their appeal to this US boy when approached from down wind and to a
point close enough to see the hair that wasn't there on US females. My wife
use to remind me not to mess with the women when I left for trips, but I
told her my firm policy of never dating anything with more hair on its legs
than I had kept me true to her...
On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 21:21:45 -0700, the inscrutable Mark & Juanita
Ah, the old "Strong like ox, smart like tractor." ploy, eh?
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When I was a kid a guy down the street, who was a contractor, built a saw
mill behind his barn. He had an automobile engine and transmission mounted
in the front half of a car frame, with the steering assembly fixed in place
by welding, for power. The engine and frame could be moved around as a unit
as it was basically a trailer. His name was Jim... ;-)
Haven't tried it, but I have seen, in a friend's machine shop, a bandsaw
that has a riser plus a 3" "spacer". My bet is that it wouldn't take much
for a decent machinist to duplicate a 3" spacer with flanges using the riser
as a template.
Of course, the safety of the saw would be compromised by the loss of the LH
guards, the resaw capability would be marginal at best do to inadequate
blade tension, and I don't even want to contemplate how slow the feed rate
(and heat buildup) would be.
Other than that, sounds like a foolish idea likely to remodel one's face
with 3 TPI....
Tell him to buy a couple six-packs for someone with a larger saw if he has
to cut 14" boards. Guess that's why most guitars I've seen are bookmatched
I think that mainly it's because bookmatch looks better on a guitar. A
single piece wouldn't visually balance well at all unless you got
really lucky on the grain.
"We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and
bring something to kill"
I kinda like one-piece backs... birds-eye maple. Taste is so personal.
You know the birds-eye maple I am talking about? The kind that looks
like it's a 3-d suspension of unobtainium mixed with pearls?
'Twas an old Gibson, I don't recall the model..a jazz-type, smaller than
a CG...looked like it was 12" deep.... just stunning. An impact I hadn't
felt since the first time I laid eyes on Claude Lorraine's Embarkation
Of The Queen Of Sheba at the National in London.
A 9'6" 97-key makassar Bosendorfer leaves an impression as well.
The most beautiful woodwork, in my humble opinion, is found in musical
instruments. Even my simple, US made, Tele is nicely done.
I often think about the likes of Guarneri scraping a new piece for his
next violin as the world went on around him. Looking through his shop
window at the street, he'd see the painters' daughter boiling linseed on
a hot summer day, a bead of sweat on her forehead, her translucent dress
clinging to her in the sunlight, and old Guarneri just scraping and
Holy cow! Look at the time, will ya?
For a couple per year, IMHO, quite dumb.
Googling (actually Altavistaing) for frame saw:
On a related note, is there someone who sells gas-powered horizontal
bandsaws suitable for resawing separate from the portable sawmill
Instead of raising the top wheel twice, have you considered raising the top
wheel once and lowering the bottom wheel once? That'll keep the load on
the motor symmetric, and let you use a balanced 220 V circuit without
having to run a neutral wire.
It was somewhere outside Barstow when "David F. Eisan"
Save your money on the riser kits - Get a steel framed saw and weld in
an extension. You'll probably need to thicken up the column too, as a
design that's appropriate at a small height just doesn't cut it when
You'll also need to work on the tension spring. The extra length of
blade is more extensible for a given tension, so you'll need a tension
spring with much greater travel. You may need not only a new spring,
but also to re-work the spring carrier to allow more travel.
Steel is your friend here (and a MIG welder), not cast iron. It's not
a job for most woodworkers, but if you're a metal basher it's not too
hard - and plenty of people have done it successfully.
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