Much more to come....
December 13, 2010
I've been going to Floyd Boyett's annual syrup festival for the past 10 years. For most of those years I've handled the corn grinding chores for him. The same was true this past November. For the past few years I've had my eye on a 20" Williams mill that he kept in one of his out buildings. Knowing Floyd, I knew he would never part with it. So this time I simply asked him if he would like for me to rebuild it for him. He said "sure". I told him as long as I was under no pressure and as long as he understood it may take a year or more for me to finish it, then I would do it. He said that was no problem. So, a few weeks later me and a friend of mine went over to pick it up.
Here's what the mill looked like when I picked it up from Floyd. As you can see, it's in pretty bad shape. But all of the pieces were there and the stones were in good shape.
A week or so later I had it completely disassembled. I was able to salvage the original hopper.
I also plan to use all of the original bolts.
Here is the beginnings of the woodwork. I used laminated pine planed to a smooth surface.