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Old 12-16-2009, 12:38 AM   #11
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Me either that is a very innovative way to go about it
nessesedy is a mother of invention, this is just a example of thinking "outside of the box"!
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:46 AM   #12
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neat jig, how accurate is the roller OD?
its a old, beat up tablesaw. i got with a 1/8 differents in the diameter, so i was only 1/16 off from true center on the radius of roller. thats prety good for what tools i was using and material that iam working with. i get some sand paper and fix it, its not a big deal.

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF ITS BEEN DONE BEFORE, OR IAM THE FIRST to make a wooden,adjastable 3 roller grain mill?
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:52 AM   #13
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today i ordered sprockets and chain for a drive system, 3:1 ratio.
pollyed grain mill body 3 coats. i might have to cut those rollers little shorder so my sprokets and a chain fit on the inside, just a motor drive axle and a sprocket be mounted on the outside.

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Old 12-16-2009, 05:20 PM   #14
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DOES ANYONE KNOW IF ITS BEEN DONE BEFORE, OR IAM THE FIRST to make a wooden,adjastable 3 roller grain mill?
Yup I'm thinking you are the first, and my guess is the last. If you have never crushed grains in a roller mill before you will be a little shocked at how hard some of them are. I'm thinking that it won't be long before the rollers are shot. Also if you can't get them truer then what you have them you will never get a good crush. Just .005" makes a big difference.

Not trying to bash your idea or hard work just stating my opinion.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:25 PM   #15
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I'm thinking that it won't be long before the rollers are shot. Also if you can't get them truer then what you have them you will never get a good crush. Just .005" makes a big difference.
+1 unfortunately. I hope it works for you though. Nice work on the table saw lathe regardless.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:32 PM   #16
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I love the ingenuity and workmanship. I hope it is rewarded.

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Old 12-16-2009, 05:56 PM   #17
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As a woodworker, i am very impressed with your makeshift lathe. That is truely a genius idea.

Unfortnately i think that oak will be too soft to grind grain with. Perhaps a harder wood would hold up.

Give it a rip though.... I can imagine your excitement at being the first to come up with something.... I have been trying to come up with something amazing for over a year now.

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Old 12-16-2009, 07:11 PM   #18
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well, my sprockets and chain come in. i know that oak will wear out with time thats why i made my adjastment so it will alow me to adjast rollers with wear up to 1". when i was sanding rollers (grid 40) sand paper had a hard time with it and i laninated oak in criss cros patern so grain meets oak at the hardest part of oak grain, i used a "slices of 1*6" not a one solid 6*6.
yea, i didint realized how much work this build will take but iam enjoying it. as far as toleranses go i know that 1/16 is alot so i will get it with in .005 of alighment. i can adjast each side of the rollers independed so i think alighment not gona be a problem.
yes iam exited about being FIRST to make such grain mill, i had many "sleeples" nights trying to desighn and engineer this mill, i used NO BLUEPRINTS i saw it in my head.
i understand your conserns about rollers being soft but there is no way of telling it how long they will last because its newer been done before. worst comes to worst i build couple more rollers and keep them in inventory or i buy a "monster" mill. iam having a blast building "woody 3.0xpr".
build is mooving along nicely i havent made any mistakes and i have to adjast desighn only one time, other than that its exactly what i see in my head.
i still have to make a hopper and finish a drave system for the rollers and motor.
i didin't brew in a while now, cant wait to finish this build and brew some good beer.
also iam working on fermentation chamber i jump on it after this mill is done.
i might finish it tomorrow i post more new pictures!

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My thoughts are that the grain is just going to dent the rollers and will be "shot" after 1-3 uses (depending on the grain bill).
My other worry is that yes you will be able to adjust the rollers but you can't get them true enough all the way from one end to the other. If you have a .005 "dish" or "Bow" to them you just can't adjust for that. No one can.
FYI .005" is just a tad thicker then a human hair.

I do LOVE the table saw turning rig.

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Nice, not sure you are the first as not everyone in the world posts their inventions on the internet.

If it does not cut it as a grain mill it would make a nice pasta or dough sheeter.

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