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About Jamespepperpot

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    Occasional groundsman, Coppicer, Landscape gardener, tractor driver..

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  1. Jamespepperpot

    Lucas blade re tipping

    The lucas tips from fuelwood are pre soldered but also and most importantly pre ground to exact dimensions for use in the retipping jig ,supplied by them at extraordinary cost. Any other tipping service use oversize tips and then precision grind down to the required dimensions to ensure all clearances. This can't be done if using lucas tips. Heard good things about Bennett's. I'm based in Sussex but have used Bennetts twice for my Lucas mill blades. First time I sent some tips I had got from fuelwood and the second time they supplied them. The second time the blade definitely seemed to cut better but I never compared them one after the other so it might have just been in my imagination. I did send it up the first time as Tate fencing use them for their blades and I dropped mine In with them. Second time I was passing by and they did it as I waited.
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    Pics of your milled products

    Thanks! I've been lucky to find a few good quality brown oak logs since I started milling and kept all of it for myself. That chopping boards now resides in California as it was a gift for my friends parents for letting us stay with them.
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    Hedge cutters

    I've been using the Stihl battery telescopic hedgecutter this week and the battery life on it it's really impressive. I think the battery would last as long as two or so fuel fill ups in a 2 stroke one. Far more pleasant to use too as you don't have to have a engine running all the time when you're up and down a ladder
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    False acaccia

    Its fairly nice to work with when green and apparently its one of the most durable timbers around. My bandsaw mill found it to be quite a dense/hard timber to mill but I really like it as a timber and have made a few things from it. When its dry it is very tough but works really well with sharp hand tools. I made a hair comb out of it last week for a birthday present.
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    Oak Sleepers

    That sounds like nonsense to me. I've heard people claim oak/chestnut cut in spring/summer doesn't last as long in the ground as autumn/winter cut but never that seasoned lasts longer - only anecdotal evidence though. No matter what it is after a couple of years it will acclimatise to whatever conditions its in anyway so I can't see how it would make a difference.
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    Today's milling

    Milled this ash log from a crane job I took part in the other week. The base of the tree had quite a bit of decay but got cleaner further up. There was some beautiful rippling in some parts. 4 are for sale if anyone's interested.
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    any millers (bandsaw) near Deal???

    I have a static Bandsaw in Lamberhurst if you can get it transported to there. What lengths would you want it?
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    Need a long mill for this lump

    I remember seeing the pictures of when they milled it a few years back. Incredible looking timber and something that would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people working on it. I'll certainly be going to have a look at the table if its on display at some point Its a registered charity so funded by donations. Excerpt from - http://sackvilleoakframes.co.uk/principal-sponsor-of-the-fenland-black-oak-project/ So far support has come from landowners G’s Shropshire & Sons, Burwell-based ACF Telehandlers, Ely-based Malco Freight, Swedish company Logosol UK (Berwickshire office) and Insitu Designs – Sawmills & Oakwrights from Goudhurst in Kent. The 10 freshly sawmilled planks have been delivered to the Building Crafts College in Stratford, East London where a 15 metre bespoke specialist kiln funded by Coillte Panel Products (SmartPly OSB) is being constructed by students. The kiln will house the planks for 6 months until they are ready to be worked. Instigated by Fenland Black Oak specialists and cabinet makers Adamson and Low, and with further support from the Building Crafts College in Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the Diamond Jubilee Fenland Black Oak Project was set up by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters to preserve this rare example for future generations.
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    Saw milling directory

    Sounds good @Rough Hewn www.summerhill-woodwork.com 07545846646 Based in East Sussex/Kent but cover most of the South East Static Woodmizer LT20 Woodmizer based in Lamberhurst, Kent. Can supply Sweet chestnut or Oak gateposts either sawn or planed with a round top. Any other dimensions of green SC or Oak can be cut to order. Mobile Lucas 6/16 which can cut dimensional timber efficiently and quickly. Logs up to 1.2ish wide Alaskan chainsaw mill 36" 48" or 64" Carpentry and Joinery work
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    Notre Dame cathedral...

    Would you give up your life if it meant Notre Dame wouldn't have burned Vesp? Buildings are just wood, stone and mortar. Life is all we really have...
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    Pics of your milled products

    A garden bench I made for a client which will go in their recently landscaped garden. The curved oak board is from a tree removal I helped with in Groombridge about 5 years ago. Glad I made the effort all those years ago!
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    Saw size for milling

    Ive quarter sawn stuff with a chainsaw mill once or twice. I'm sure there are a few ways to do it but as I have a large mill I usually cut the top off flat then run the mini mill down the centre of the log but leave a few inches of timber at the bottom so it doesn't split apart. This means you can mill the log in the same position and not have to try and hold a semi circle shaped piece of wood upright. I'm not hugely into wide slabs as they can be a pain to move around and deal with - especially in a small workshop like mine. True quartersawwing isn't worth the effort with a chainsaw mill as you lose too much with the kerf. The timber is far nicer to work with when turning it into something
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    Today's milling

    Cheers Rough, I have the slabbing attachment for the Lucas now but often if I am only cutting slabs I still use the chainsaw mill. Quicker to set up and less kit to pack and unpack at the end of the day. Not sure how the cutting speeds compare but I'd say there isn't much in it.
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    Today's milling

    Here is the stump. Had quite a lot of Heartwood compared to other Turkey oaks I've seen
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    Today's milling

    The weird shapes look could be very old pruning wounds from when it was a young tree? I milled some Turkey oak last year which was pretty big and had some beautiful grain in it. Not sure how well it dried out but we stacked it with a whole load of timber on top then ratchet strapped it right down to try and hold the boards flat.


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