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Vilas County Lumber Company
Plan-Sets offered to construct a Sawmill Complex.
Footprint Layout - VCLCo Sawmill Complex •••• This is the footprint drawing of the Vilas County Lumber Co. in Winegar, WI, 1918 ca. 20 of the mill buildings are identified with some of the individual buildings footprint dimensions. Drawing is 1) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B size sheet.
Platform - VCLCo Green Chain •••• The Green Chain is the conveyor that removed the freshly cut “green” lumber to the sorting deck where it is sorted by size and grade and stacked onto Lumber Buggies to be moved to the drying yard. As built by the VCLCo the deck is 45ʺ wide and 17-½ʺ long in 1:24 scale! As designed it can easily decreased in 4ʺ lengths and the width modified to fit in available space. Plan-Set includes: 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B sheets and 2) super A sheets with a detailed material list of commercially available details and a full size 1:24 scale bent drawing. Also, the Wood Lumber Buggy is fully dimensioned.
$11
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Cabins - Three (3) Logging •••• No RR garden has enough small buildings. These are nice looking log cabins with commercial door and windows are inserted into log walls. Use wood dowel for indoor use or cheap plastic pipe for a railroad garden. Footprints: 6ʺ x 6ʺ, 8ʺ x 11-¾ʺ & 8ʺ x 15” with a 5ʺ x 7ʺ jut out. 3) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B size sheets.
Outhouse - Log •••• Every layout needs some latrines. This one was designed for a logging vignette. This plan is a dimensioned A size 3-D rendering using cheap plastic piping available in the plumbing department of big box building supply stores for railroad gardens. (Plug pipe ends with DAP® Plastic Wood® or epoxy putty.) This is a great project to gain skills and experience. Construct for indoor use with wood dowel. Door is a Precision Products® textured styrene product. Roof is a Plastruct® textured styrene product.
$8
click on Log Cabin.pdf  to view and/or download sheet 1 of 3  free
$3.75 or free
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Stable - Log •••• This is a very simple structure that could have been found out in the pinery to house the loggers horses and oxen in fair weather. Footprint 18ʺ x 8ʺ. Plan includes 1) A size sheet.
Sawmill & Lath Mill - VCLCo Plan-Set •••• The prototype of this 3-story mill was state-of-the-art in 1910. (Such mills were still operating into the 1960s with little changes.) Because of the vibration inherent to Sawmills operations, wood post and beam construction was the best choice because of its resiliency which caused less wear and tear on all the mill equipment. With such vibration it was not uncommon for a mill worker once a week hammering wedges re-tightening the frame to keep the structure sturdy. The first story had 12΄ ceiling with a dirt floor with leaking steam pipes, line shafts, pulleys, and clutches running wide belts driving the second story equipment. With the whole first story filled with whirling belts and rotating drive mechanisms, it is hoped the Oiler only had to go down there at lunch time to lubricate bearings when equipment was shut down! Footprint 47ʺ x 87½ʺ. Plan-Set includes: 14) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B and 3) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A plan sheets. Sheets are printed 1ʺ = 2ʺ. Isometric drawings are included showing all the posts, beams and knees. Options include prototypical truss and framing details.
$3.75 or free
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Platform - Work Work  •••• Another simple afternoon project that could be found in an Engine House or............ The example shown was built from my scrap box which gives it a really used character. Footprint is 1ʺ x 2ʺ. Plan includes: 1) A size sheet which shows material size.
Mill - American Built Shingle •••• The prototype is a Shingle Mill in northern Wisconsin, but would make an interesting timber frame factory in any industrial complex. Plan-Set shows prototypical post and beam construction with batten on board siding. This model would look great as an open side model to see the optional 100 commercial details listed or viewed through windows. There is an attached Lean-To where shingles were packed, Shipping Shed, a brick Power House and a Jack Ladder. 1:24 scale footprint as designed is 26-5/16ʺ x 17-3/16ʺ with a 17ʺ x 15ʺ “L” Power House. Plan-Set includes: 12) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B sheets and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A sheets Sheets which are printed 1ʺ = 1½ʺ. Material lists include milled basswood for an indoor layout, textured patterned styrene for RR gardens.
$17
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This page was last updated October 23, 2017
VCLCo
Log Outhouse options:
Log Stable options:
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Jack Ladder •••• This design is appropriate for single and double Band Mills and Shingle Mills. The plan set includes two options. One design is based on available prototype equipment from a 1911 Saw Mill Catalog, the other from prototypical photos. The material list shows where the chain, pulleys, gears and sprockets can be purchased commercially. Plan-Set consists of: 2) 1:24 scale 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A pages, printed 1" = 3". The plans show numerous 3-D renderings for easy construction.
Jack Ladder 3-D rendering
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$5
Buggy - Wood Lumber Sorting •••• The prototype for this Lumber Buggy is located at the Rhinelander Logging Museum in Rhinelander, WI. These Lumber Buggies would be appropriate for sawmills operating at the turn of the century and later. Sawmills would use dozens of these buggies along the Assorting Chain Green Platform. Plan-Set includes: 4) 8-½ʺ x 11ʺ A size drawing.
Book - American Built Shingle Mill •••• Same as above spiral bound Book ONLY. 36) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ pages with over 90) illustrations on the operation of an American Built Shingle Mill.
$26
Book & Plan-Set -- American Built Shingle Mill Operation & Construction •••• Spiral bound book of 44) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ pages, over 90 illustrations plus 12) 1:24 scale 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B fold-out sheet Plan-Set (described above) on our American Built Shingle Mill also includes painting and weathering recommendations.Save $2.
$41
$21
Sawmill Operation & Construction Book & Plan-Set •••• Spiral bound booklet of over 134) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ pages, over 300 illustrations which includes a fold-out Plan-Set of 30) 1:24 scale 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B foldout sheets which include; a Jack Ladder, Sawmill, Green Chain, Trestle Platform, Drying Yard  and more with a operation schematic of the Sawmill at the Vilas County Lumber Company in northern Wisconsin. 
Buggy - Steel Lumber Sorting •••• The prototype for this Lumber Buggy is located at the Crowell Lumber Ind. mill in Longleaf, LA. This saw mill operated into the 1960’s which would make this design appropriate for later operating sawmills. Plan-Set include 4) 8-½ʺ x 11ʺ A size sheets with a material list for finescale brass construction or styrene would be an alternative material.
$5.50
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Wagon - Lumber Buggy •••• The name “buggy” as used here is a lumber-mill term. Wagons with no beds were used around Sawmills, Lumber Yards, Woodworking plants and general farm use. These wagons carried their load balanced over the rear wheels, making them somewhat shorter than other types of wagons. They were heavy springless wagons. The capacity of the one shown in this Plan-Set would have been three tons. Because of the many places where such wagons were used it continued in use many years longer than most types of wagons. Plan-Set includes: 4) super B size and 6) super A size sheets with a material list and all details shown full scale to be used as templates. 
Booklet with Plan-Set contains: 4) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B size Plan-Set sheets and 10) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets with prototype information and construction suggestions with a plan-set on. 
Wagon - The Complete Heavy Log & Cord •••• Logging Wagons are similar to the farm wagon but with no bed, heavier construction, but with brakes for hauling logs from a hilly Pinery to a Loading Deck. Some additional ways of displaying a Logging Wagon other than by your Saw Mill would be to show it by a roadside restaurant. They could also fit prototypically within an oil well scene hauling pipes or derrick timbers and in the construction of city buildings. The capacity of the one shown in this plan set would have been eight tons. Plan-Set includes: 8) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size sheets showing details full scale to be used as templates, a material list and Wheel Fixture drawings 6) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets of construction suggestions. Plans include options for modeling another Log Wagon as a trailer with a 4-horse hitch and brakes.
Booklet with Plan-Set contains: 8) super B size Plan-Set sheets and 24) super A pages with photos of actual Log Wagons including patent drawings for a Lindsey 8-Wheel Wagon with instructions on finescale modeling of wheels.
Plan-Set ONLY $16
Booklet & Plan-Set $24
$11
Lumber Buggy Wagon options:
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Buggies - Wood and Steel Lumber Sorting •••• Purchase both Plan-Sets at a discount and save $3.50 building a hybrid Wood Buggy with Steel wheels. Lumber Buggy Carts in general were used at Saw Mills, Planning Mills, Box Factories, etc. etc. last century.
$7
Jammer - Side Haul Woods •••• Or, technically referred to as a “Swing Gin Pole Side Jammer.” Horse teams were used in the pinery to load flat cars, logging sleighs and log wagons. Such Jammers were used throughout the logging era until machines completely replaced horses. The Plan-Set includes: 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super size and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size pages with 3-D renderings and a material list for easy construction.
Plan-Set ONLY $11
Booklet & Plan-Set $15
Sawmill Operation & Construction Contents
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Wisconsin’s Logging History   
  • Logging in Vilas County, Wisconsin
  • Ghosts of the Vilas County’s Past
  • Plow Following the Axe
Logging the Pinery
  • VCLCo Logging the Pinery
  • Jammin’ at the VCLCo
  • Side Haul - 5) foldout plan-set sheets
  • A-Frame Jammer
VCLCo Logging Railroad
  • VCLCo Logging Camps
VCLCo Sawmill Complex
  • Locating a Sawmill Complex
  • VCLCo Complex Footprint foldout sheet
VCLCo Sawmill Building
  • Modeling the VCLCo Sawmill
  • Sawmill - 14) foldout plan-set
Sawmill & Lath Mill Equipment List
  • Sawmill Equipment list
  • Sawing Floor Equipment Schematic foldout sheet
  • Lumber Company Workers list
Jack Ladder
Log Deck 
  • Log Kicker
  • Log-Stop/Loader
  • Turning Bar
Log Turner
Overhead Cut-off Saw
3-Block Saw Carriage
Band Mill
Lumber Handling & Transfer Equipment 
  • Live Rolls
  • Dead Rolls
  • Screw Rolls
  • High Speed Rolls
  • Refuse Conveyor
Edger Saw
Hog  
Gang Trimmer Saw
Superintendant’s Office
Green Chain
  • Green Chain - 4) foldout plan-set sheets
Filing Room
Slasher Saw
Lath Mill
  • Sash Gang saw
  • Lath Mill
  • Lath Binder/Trimmer
Ground Floor  
Trestle Platform & Drying Yard
  • Trestle Platform foldout plan sheet
  • Barrels
  • Drying Yard plan sheet

Appendix #1 - Sawmill Terms 
Appendix #2 - Hot Pond  
Appendix #3 - Dust Collector  
Appendix #4 - Boiler House  
Appendix #5 - VCLCo Shingle Mill
Appendix #6 - Winegar, Wisconsin
  • Company Town
  • Chicago & North-Western Railway
Appendix #7 - Weathering Clinic  
  • Rust
  • Dust, Soot & Oil
  • Sun Fade
  • Use Related
  • Specialty Tricks
Appendix #8 - Time Line & References


Shingle Mill Operation & Construction Contents
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Shingle Manufacturing History
Drawing Plans for the American Built Shingle Mill
Vilas County Lumber Co., Shingle Mill
American Built Shingle Mill Operation
VCLCo Shingle Mill Model Design Considerations
VCLCo Saw Mill Complex Footprint foldout sheet

Appendix 0Shake Shingles
Appendix 1Hot Pond
Appendix 2Jack Ladder Details
Appendix 3Cut Off Saw
Appendix 4Bolter Machines
Appendix 5Shingle Mill, Clipper & Filing Room
Appendix 6Packer Machines
Appendix 7Dead Roller Conveyor
Appendix 8Boiler House & Hogger Machine
Appendix 9Blacksmith Forge in Power House
Appendix 10Packing Lean-To & Shipping Shed
Appendix 111914 Shingle Mill Workers Wages
Appendix 121919 Shingle Mill Equipment
Appendix 13Shingle Mill Invoices
Appendix 14Painting & Weathering a Shingle Mill

11 Sheet Plan-Set:
1/11  Truss Rendering & VCLCo Shingle Mill BoM, foldout plan sheet
2/11  SE Side - VCLCo Shingle Mill, foldout plan sheet
3/11  NE Side - VCLCo Shingle Mill, foldout plan sheet
4/11  Power House - VCLCo NE Side, foldout plan sheet
5/11  NW Side - VCLCo Shingle Mill, foldout plan sheet
6/11  Mortise & Tenon Joint Examples of an American Built Shingle Mill & BoM for Jack Ladder & Power House, foldout plan sheet
7/11  SW Side - VCLCo Power House, foldout plan sheet
8/11  Packing Lean-To - VCLCo Shingle Mill, foldout plan sheet
9/11 Operations Schematic - American Built Shingle Mill, foldout plan sheet
10/11 American Built Jack Ladder, foldout plan sheet
11/11 RR Garden - VCLCo Shingle Mill Renderings & BoM, foldout plan sheet


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1:20.3 Scale - Side Haul Woods Jammer •••• 1:20.3 scale as described above with 6) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size pages. The sheets intended for laying out views are printed full scale, 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
1:24 American Built Shingle Mill Plan-Set •••• 1:24 scale as described above but with, 29) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B sheets with full scale bents and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A plan pages.
1:20.3 Scale American Built Shingle Mill Plan-Set •••• 1:20.3 scale as described above with a footprint as designed 31ʺ x 20-1/8ʺ with a 20-1/16ʺ x 7-11/16ʺ “L” Power House. Plan-Set includes: 29) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B sheets and 1) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed full scale, 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
$28
$39
1:24 Jack Ladder Plan-Set •••• 1:24 scale as described above but with, ?) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B plan sheets. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
1:20.3 Scale Jack Ladder Plan-Set •••• 1:20.3 scale as described above with 4) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B plan and 1) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A sheets. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
$6
$7
All 1:24 scale plan sets include printing and dimension conversion factors to other popular scales.
1:24 VCLCo Sawmill Plan-Set •••• 1:24 scale as described above but with, >16) super B plan sheets. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
1:20.3 Scale VCLCo Sawmill Plan-Set •••• 1:20.3 scale as described above with a footprint as designed 55-1/2ʺ x 103-5/16ʺ. Plan-Set includes: 58) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super and 1) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A sheets and . All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
Platform - Drying Yard with Trestle •••• The VCLCo uses “Trestle” platforms to move lumber from the Green Chain to the drying yard. In the Drying Yard, I built a 3ʺ high by 4ʺ by 40ʺ long Trestle Platform that would have been used to unload green lumber from Lumber Buggies into stacks for four months of air drying until the Chicago and North-Western Railway would ship the lumber to market in Box cars. I needed a 6ʺ high Trestle Platform from the second floor of the mill to the Sorting Shed of the Green Chain for unloading timbers and cross ties to flat and gondola RR cars. Plan-Set includes: 2) super B, and 2) super A pages with bents are printed 1" = 1".
1:20.3 Scale Green Chain Platform Plan-Set •••• 1:20.3 scale as described above with 6) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B sheets and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A with full size bent drawing.
$11
$11
$58
1:20.3 Scale Drying Yard with Trestle Platform Plan-Set •••• 1:20.3 scale as described above with 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B, 3) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ  super A and  sheets. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
$8
$9
HO Scale American Built Shingle Mill Plan-Set •••• 1:87.1 scale as described above with a footprint as designed 7-3/8ʺ x 4-13/16ʺ with a 4-3/4ʺ x 4-3/16ʺ “L” Power HousePlan-Set includes: 8) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B sheets and 1) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super AAll sheets intended for laying out bents are printed full scale, 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
7/8 Scale - Lumber Buggy Wagon •••• As described above but Plan-Set and Booklet consists of 9) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B size sheets with Wheel Fixture and 12) A size sheets in booklet.
Plan-Set ONLY $16
Booklet & Plan-Set $20
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Keep in mind that if it is decided to print an eBook, the book is laid out for 9-1/2" x 13" pages and drawings for 13" x 19" Super B size sheets. 
1:87.1 Plan-Set & Book options:
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Shingle Mill 42 page Book & 1:87.1 scale, 8 sheet Plan-Set
  • Barn - #1 Horse - 30' x 50'
  • Barn - #2 Horse - 50' x 75'
  • Blacksmith Shop - 34' x 50'
  • Boiler House - 50' x 100'
  • Buggy - Wood Lumber
  • Dumper Wagon
  • Drying Yard
  • Engine House - 55' x 18'
  • Green Chain - 50' x 150'
  • Log Wagon
  • Lumber Buggy Wagon
  • Planning Mill - 50' x 70'
  • Refuse Burner - 30' Dia. x 100'
  • Sawmill with Lath Mill - 175' x 80'
  •     Jack Ladder
  • Shingle Mill - 52½' x 68'
  • Tool Shed - 11½' x 9¾'
  • Trestle Platforms - 650'
  • Velocipede House - 8' x 12'
  • Box Wagon
  • Home - 1-Story Company - 18' x 24'
  • Home - 2-Story Company - 20' x 28'
  • Home - President's - 30' x 52'
  • Home - Superintendent's - 32' x 52'
  • Hotel - DeFoster - 30' x 110'
  • Dumper Wagon
  • Jail - 10' x 16'
  • Hall - Winegar's (dance and pool) - 52' x 80'
  • School House - 20' x 32'
  • Store - Company - 50' x 90'
  •     Post Office
  •     Doctor's Office
  • Tank Wagon
  • Buckboard Wagon
  • Cinder/Ash Pit - 40'
  •     Tool Rack
  • Coal & Oil House - 8' x 18'
  • Coal House - 10' x 16'
  • Depot (CNW #3) - 16' x 40' 
  •     Water Closet (2 hole) - 7½' x 8'
  • Hand Car Set-Off - 12' x 18'
  • House - Section (CNW #1) - 24' x 28'
  •     Chicken Coop Shed - 8' x 10'
  •     Coal Shed - 8' x 10'
  •     Privy (1 hole) - 5' x 4½'
  • Tool House - 10' x 16'
  • Turntable - 60'
  • Water Tank - 24' diameter
  •     Pump House - 12' x 20'
  •     Well Pit - 13' x 7' x 7' deep
House - Boiler •••• This Boiler House supplied electricity to the mill complex including the Drying Yard and the Company Town plus steam for the Sawmill. Footprint was 50' x 100'.
Mill - Planning •••• Manufactured rough lumber dried for three months into finished sizes for the market. Footprint was 50' x 70'.
Barns - Horse •••• The title tells what these barns were used for. Horses were the choice beast-of-burden when the proper feed was available. Oxen were reported used by the VCLCo until 1926. Areas which could not grow feed for houses need train service to deliver the proper feed, oxen were not that delicate. They would be one of the first buildings built along with the Sawmill because they were used to skid logs to the landing, pull Log Wagons, Big Wheels, Lumber Buggy Wagons, Dumper Wagons and Water Tanks through the Company Town. The VCLCo had two, one 30΄ x 50΄ and the other 50΄ x 75΄. 
Blacksmith Shop •••• This large Blacksmith Shop was located next to the VCLCo Horse Barns for repairing mill, logging equipment and of coarse, shoeing the horses. Footprint was 34΄ x 50
C. & N-W Ry Small Terminal
Village of Winegar WI
Vilas County Lumber Co.
Click to view  Company-Town-Series  list of structures.
Refuse Burner •••• This is an incinerating device for disposing of Sawmill and Shingle Mill refuse, such as; bark, slabs, trimmings, and edgings is necessary when the fuel requirements of the Boiler House did not demand all the material being created. Fuel entered the brick lined rivied 16ga steel shell about 40’ above ground by a refuse conveyor from the Sawmill. Top mesh was probably 3 x 3, 14ga mesh wire screen to prevent the emission of sparks, Foundations were 8-12 inches thick, 18-24 inches above grade to below the frost line.
Store - Company •••• The building is shared by the Post Office and a Doctor’s Office. Employees were paid with Tokens which could only be spent at the Company Store. The use of tokens as pay usually was a benefit to the employer. Tokens used for payment removed the need of the employer to have cash on hand. The use of tokens necessitated using the company store for most, if not all, purchases, which were usually at higher prices than could be found elsewhere. The company store had an advantage to the employee, such as the remoteness of the Fosterville/Winegar precluded traveling to Mercer, WI to buy goods. Therefor employees usually saved money in the long run by buying at the company store. Basic footprint was 24΄ x 90΄ with the Post Office and Doctors Office “L”, 26΄ x 18΄.
Company Town is an economic institution where stores and buildings are owned by a single firm (in this case the VCLCo in Fosterville/Winegar, WI) that provided employment, goods and infrastructure (electricity, housing, and store) to support the company’s effort and answer complaints from residents. Typically, such towns were founded in a remote location, Therefor residents could not easily commute or shop elsewhere. Also paying employees with self-minted money that could only be used in the Company Store. A story is told that the VCLCo fired an employee because he purchased an item from Montgomery Wards, in Chicago! 

And, as often the case, once a community takes hold and begins to grow attracting other non-company residents, vacationers, relatives and small business entrepreneurs, and people with other employment, such as railroad employees and resort owners, the company would sell off or rent housing within the town to increase their return on investment. In effect divesting themselves of the town and forest property. At Winegar by 1933 when all the commercial trees had been cut into lumber. Prosperous company towns such as Winegar eventually evolved and included amenities such as bars, cafes, artisan shops, churches, a restaurant, a school, a gas station, and an IGA grocery store. 

Our Company-Town-Series of structure plan-sets for the Vilas County Lumber Company, Company Town are now being offered. This series of plan-sets can be broken into three sub-sets and are identified with RED titles throughout this web site.
  •     Sawmill Complex (VCLCo)
  •     Company Town (Village of Winegar, WI)
  •     Company Town RR Terminal (C&N-W Ry)
More Sawmill Complex Structures
Sheet 4 of 11
Appendix 5
Sheet 2 of 11
Hot Pond, Page #49
Sheet 11 of 11
Sheet 10 of 11
Xray view of Shingle Mill
Appendix 9 & 10
Pages #6 & 7
Pages #12 & 13
Superintendent's Office, Page #75
Jack Ladder, Page #62
Side Haul, Page #12
Green Chain, Page #76
Trestle Platform, Page #94
VCLCo Sawmill Post & Beam Rendering, Page #38
Fire Bucket, Page #96
Lumber Buggy, Page #79
Green Chain Bent, Page #82
Plan-set, Page #51
Trestle Platform & Drying Yard, Page #93
Jammin', Pages #14 & 15
"A" Frame & McGiffert, Pages #22 & 23
McGiffert Drawings, Pages #24 & 25
VCLCo Shays, Pages #26 & 27
VCLCo Complex, Pages #34 & 35
Bucket - Fire •••• Fire Buckets at the turn of the century were cone shaped so employees were discouraged from removing them from a factory for use at their home. Instructions, photo and plans are on 1) A size sheet with material to construct is the plan itself.
$3.75 or eMailed free upon request
Complete Heavy Log Wagon Plan-Set consists of:
  • Assembly Sheets
  • Construction Instructions
  • Evener
  • "Iron" (brass) Details
  • Log Wagon Information
  • Running Gear
  • Wheel Construction
Lumber Buggy Wagon Plan-Set consists of:
  • Assembly Drawing
  • Brass Details
  • Construction Instructions
  • Double Tree
  • Lumber Buggy Information
  • Material List
  • Running Gear
  • 3-D Renderings
  • Wheel Construction (7/8 scale)
  • Wood Details
HO Scale VCLCo Sawmill Plan-Set •••• 1:87.1 scale as described above with a footprint as designed 13-3/16ʺ x 24-1/2ʺ. Plan-Set includes: 12) super B sheets. All sheets intended for laying out bents are printed 1ʺ = 1ʺ.
$16
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7/8 Lumber Wagon options:
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Woods Lumberjack Camp Structures
  • Blacksmith Shop
  • Bunk House
  • Camp Office
  • Filer Cabin
  • A-Frame Gin Pole Jammer
  • Horse Barn
  • Horse Stable
  • Kitchen & Dining
  • Log Waggon
  • Logging Cabin
  • Root Cellar
  • Side Haul Jammer
The VCLCo had a many as 12 lumber camps, 3 to 8 miles from the Sawmill. One or more of theses structures could have been found in these camps. And, there seems to never had have more than about 15 miles of tracks in operation at any one time. 
$12
Jammer - Side Haul Woods •••• Or, technically referred to as a “Swing Gin Pole Side Jammer.” Horse teams were used in the pinery to load flat cars, logging sleighs and log wagons. Such Jammers were used throughout the logging era until machines completely replaced horses. The Plan-Set includes: 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super size sheets with 3-D renderings and a material list for easy construction.
Wagon - Cord and Heavy Duty Complete Log •••• Logging Wagons are similar to the farm wagon but with no bed, heavier construction, but with brakes for hauling logs from a hilly Pinery to a Loading Deck. Some additional ways of displaying a Logging Wagon other than by your Saw Mill would be to show it by a roadside restaurant. They could also fit prototypically within an oil well scene hauling pipes or derrick timbers and in the construction of city buildings. The capacity of the one shown in this plan set would have been eight (8) tons. Plan-Set includes: 8) 13ʺ x 19ʺ  super B size sheets showing details full scale to be used as templates, a material list and Wheel Fixture drawings, 24) super A size sheets of construction suggestions. Plan-Set includes options for modeling another Log Wagon as a trailer with a 4-horse hitch and brakes and drawing to build a Cord Wagon.
House - Lumber Company Single Stall Engine (with Blacksmith Forge and Furnace) •••• This design is based on the VCLCo Engine House which serviced the mills Shays and CNW engines that operated on the spur to Winegar, WI. Basic foot print is 27-½ʺ x 7-3¾ʺ, with 16-¼ʺ x 5-¼ʺ Blacksmith lean-to. Plan-Set includes: 7) super B and 3) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A sheetsa Bill of Material. Includes instructions on how to build triple hung windows and how to make the doors open automatically.
Plan-Set only $14
click to view construction and detail photos of Engine House.jpg
Booklet & 
Plan-Set $22
V.C.L.Co Engine House Booklet •••• This large format 23) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ page Booklet with over 70 illustrations detailing how to build a single stall Engine House with a Blacksmith Shop. Chapters include painting/weathering, building Triple Hung Windows, detailing a Blacksmith Shop, operational opening Doors. Plus the 8) 13ʺ x 19ʺ Super B construction sheets.
Tool House Booklet •••• This award winning model started as a kitbash. Drawing included is very detailed to make this model very unique. Foot print 5-¾ʺ x 4-⅞ʺ. Plan-Set includes: 1) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size, and 14) 8-½ʺ x 11ʺ A size sheets construction booklet with 35 illustrations. Booklet includes detailed instructions, weathering and scenicing the diorama.
Booklet with Plan-Set $13
click to view photos of Tool Shed.jpg
Tool House •••• 1) super B size construction sheet and 2) 8-½ʺ x 11ʺ A size ONLY as described above.
Plan-Set only $6
Tool House options:
Shed - Velocipede •••• These Sheds were once found everywhere along railroad tracks. In this case the prototype represented here is from the Vilas County Lumber Co. logging railroad. But, could have been found every 10 miles or so along mainline railroad tracks for the Section Crews across the North American to check their trackage. Velocipedes (from the French for "swift  
Velocipede Shed options:
footed") weighed around 135 pounds and were easily manhandled from planks between tracks onto a small platform in front of the shed and rolled into the building for protection from the weather. The VCLCo men could have used their Velocipede to quickly get into the pinery to check on production or deliver messages to the Lumber Jacks foremen. This Plan-Set consists of: 4) super B size sheets plus 2) A size pages. with a material list and detail options chosen  Garden Railway (shown) and finescale modeling. Footprint is 4" x 6". Booklet includes 14) additional pages.
Velocipede plan-set only $9  
Booklet with Plan-Set $16
WE ARE MODELERS
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Plan-Set ONLY $16
Booklet & Plan-Set $24
free down load or eMailed free or $4.50
free down load or eMailed free or $3.75
eMailed in .pdf format $47.48
USA USPS Media Mail printed copies $95     
USA USPS Priority Mail printed copies $105   
other countries USPS 1st-Class Mail printed copies $125   
Insurance -- The VCLCo can not be responsible for lost or damaged in-transit packages that have been given to shippers. Cost of such insurance is an additional cost for the purchaser. We have no control of delivery and handling by the USPS or other governmental postal entities.

  • $2.65 for USPS Insurance up to $100 mailed within USA.
  • $12.00 for USPS Priority Mail includes up to $50 insurance for 2 to 3 day delivery. 
  • $46.50 for Priority International Mail 6 to 10 day delivery which includes up to $200 insurance.
USPS Insurance
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eMailed in .pdf format $47.48
USA USPS Media Mail printed copies $95     
USA USPS Priority Mail printed copies $105   
other countries USPS 1st-Class Mail printed copies $125   
$40
eMailed book & 1:87 scale Plan-Set in .pdf format  $17
USPS mailed book & 1:87 scale Plan-Set on a DVD $26​
USPS mailed printed copies of book & 1:87 scale Plan-Set $34
1:87.1 Plan-Set ONLY options:
Shingle Mill 1:87.1 scale 8 sheet, Plan-Set ONLY
eMailed 1:87 scale Plan-Set ONLY in .pdf format $6  
USPS mailed 1:87 scale Plan-Set ONLY on a DVD $10​
USPS mailed printed copy of 1:87 scale Plan-Set ONLY $12
1:20.3 Plan-Set & Book options:
Shingle Mill 38 page Book & 1:20.3 scale, 29 sheet Plan-Set
eMailed book & 1:20.3 scale Plan-Set in .pdf format  $28.50
USPS mailed book & 1:20.3 scale Plan-Set on a DVD $43     ​
USPS mailed printed copies of book & 1:20.3 scale Plan-Set $57     
1:20.3 Plan-Set ONLY options:
Shingle Mill 1:20.3 scale, 29 sheet Plan-Set ONLY
eMailed 1:20.3 scale Plan-Set ONLY in .pdf format $19.50
USPS mailed 1:20.3 scale Plan-Set ONLY on a DVD $29     ​
USPS mailed printed copy of 1:20.3 scale Plan-Set ONLY $39     
1:24 Plan-Set & Book options:
Shingle Mill 43 page Book & 1:24 scale, 13 sheet Plan-Set
eMailed book & 1:24 scale Plan-Set in .pdf format  $19.98
USPS mailed book & 1:24 scale Plan-Set on a DVD $30     ​
USPS mailed printed copies of book & 1:24 scale Plan-Set $40     
1:24 Plan-Set ONLY options:
Shingle Mill 1:24 scale, 13 sheet Plan-Set ONLY
eMailed 1:24 scale Plan-Set ONLY in .pdf format  $8.48
USPS mailed 1:24 scale Plan-Set ONLY on a DVD $13   
USPS mailed printed copy 1:24 scale Plan-Set ONLY $17   
Shingle Mill Book ONLY options:
Shingle Mill 36 page Book ONLY
eMailed book ONLY in .pdf format  $12.98
USPS mailed book ONLY on a DVD $19.50
USPS mailed printed copy of book ONLY $26     
Insurance -- The VCLCo can not be responsible for lost or damaged in-transit packages that have been given to shippers. Cost of such insurance is an additional cost for the purchaser. We have no control of delivery and handling by the USPS or other governmental postal entities.

  • $2.65 for USPS Insurance up to $100 mailed within USA.
  • $12.00 for USPS Priority Mail includes up to $50 insurance for 2 to 3 day delivery. 
  • $46.50 for Priority International Mail 6 to 10 day delivery which includes up to $200 insurance.
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