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« Reply #60 on: May 01, 2018, 11:20:01 PM »
Is that a lake shore just through the tree line?
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« Reply #61 on: May 01, 2018, 11:52:47 PM »
Is that a lake shore just through the tree line?
Not sure what you are seeing there. The barn door faces north east. There is an industrial complex to the north west. It sits in whaat used to be my great grandparents sand pit so it is set about 150ft lower in elevation to where my barn and cleared land is. To the west of the barn we have a 1 acre pond and about 150ft south of that pond we have a large 16 acre pond. I'm not sure if you can see those through the trees or not. Here's a pic of part of the big pond.

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« Reply #62 on: May 02, 2018, 08:12:12 AM »
I think he is seing the complex,the building. I wondered about that too.
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« Reply #63 on: May 02, 2018, 08:24:45 AM »
The third from the last photo you posted and the one with the excavator pulling a stump from a distance, behind them through the woods, it looks like a combination of open and frozen water like one would see this time of year in a northern lake with the ice going out.  Optical illusion.  
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« Reply #64 on: May 05, 2018, 11:26:55 PM »
Update with pics. I have been helping my mom set up and open her antique store so progress is going slower than I hoped but momma comes first .
Took a break from excavating and added more slabs to the pile. Red oak, hard maple and hickory.

 
My little bobcat is getting the job done. 

 

 
The hill I have to level was mostly sand under the layer of topsoil and clay so I pushed all that to the side and made my own temporary ssnd/gravel pit. Will fill this hole in with topsoil and the clay and cover it with sand/gravel when I'm done pulling out all the sand and gravel I need to cover my whole area. Pic of the wife standing in our sand pit. 

 
Pic of a cool cherry tree with wifey again to show size.


 
Figured I'd put up a few pics of our land and water.
The little pond. About an acre.

 
The big pond. About 15 acres or so.


 
From the back of the property behind the pond looking towards our woods.


 

 

 

 
One last pic of our cute little 100 year old house from down in the woods


 
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« Reply #65 on: May 06, 2018, 12:50:25 AM »
Nice property!!  I love the house!!!!
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Re: Journey of family run sawmill
« Reply #66 on: May 06, 2018, 07:46:10 AM »
And you are getting the hang of telling a story with your pictures.  Now drop your narrative below the picture that you are describing and it is even easier to follow.  Thanks.  :)

I see a lot of work that has been done and more to do but it seems that you have a good plan.  :P
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Re: Journey of family run sawmill
« Reply #67 on: May 06, 2018, 08:12:30 AM »
   I did to get to look at the house. i was too busy looking for my fishing rod and canoe paddles. :D Nice looking place. Looks like a great place to raise kids.
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« Reply #68 on: May 06, 2018, 08:41:31 AM »
X2 on a great place to raise kids.  They're going to have fun around and on those ponds.
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« Reply #69 on: May 07, 2018, 08:15:39 PM »
Nice property!!  I love the house!!!!


  I did to get to look at the house. i was too busy looking for my fishing rod and canoe paddles. :D Nice looking place. Looks like a great place to raise kids.


X2 on a great place to raise kids.  They're going to have fun around and on those ponds.

Thank you.  The kids love it here and so do we.  The big pond is loaded with large bluegill and bass, at least by MI standards. The oldest boy wants a kayak for his birthday to paddle around and fish out of so we will oblige.  My great grandparents built this house and great grandpa did a lot of the woodwork himself. Every time I look at the hand hewn fireplace mantle I think of him and how much hard work he put into this place 100 years ago. The floors are all original and need refinishing but the trim and doors still look good.

And you are getting the hang of telling a story with your pictures.  Now drop your narrative below the picture that you are describing and it is even easier to follow.  Thanks.  :)

I see a lot of work that has been done and more to do but it seems that you have a good plan.  :P
I'm starting to get the hang of it 


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« Reply #70 on: May 07, 2018, 08:57:35 PM »
Seeing as how we love this place and some of you guys seem at least a little interested I figured I'd post some pics of the little things that I really like. I think this place is all red oak but would appreciate it if someone could tell me what kind of wood this is.


 

 
Fireplace mantle . 4in x 16 in. Every time I look at this I think about great grandpa working with hand tools. 


 

 
Inside front door and vestibule entry door. They don't make them like this too much anymore.


 
All the doors are a solid 1 3/4 thick and still have the old glass handles.


 

 
I really like this old door handle and light fixture.


 
The family crest. The brick this house was made from were salvage by my great grandparents from a tower in grand rapids that was built in the early 1800s. There is so much character and history here. I feel honored and privileged to be able to live here with my kids and hope it stays in the family until it turns into dust.
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« Reply #71 on: May 08, 2018, 09:52:32 AM »
What a special place, and what a wonderful place to raise your family.  Your great grandparents would love the fact that a family member is preserving their hard work.
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« Reply #72 on: May 08, 2018, 11:01:43 AM »
Beautiful place! Thanks for sharing.  Great family history there.

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« Reply #73 on: May 09, 2018, 07:25:45 PM »
Great story and a beautiful home thank you for sharing with us.
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« Reply #74 on: May 10, 2018, 08:18:25 AM »
Great story and a beautiful home thank you for sharing with us.


Beautiful place! Thanks for sharing.  Great family history there.


What a special place, and what a wonderful place to raise your family.  Your great grandparents would love the fact that a family member is preserving their hard work.
Thank you all for the kind words. 

Progress update.
I tore a track on the bobcat a couple days ago so I haven't made any progress on the site excavation, been monkeying around with some other projects.


 


Slabbed a few logs with the chainsaw mill.




 

 

 
Setup the filters, ground off the rust and started painting the transfer tank that was gifted to me. It's looking much better.



 

 
Went to the big box store and grabbed some treated 2x12 and made a simple sandbox for the kids. Had two of the older ones helping fill it with sand.

I called woodmizer to order 1 1/2in rollers for the lt70 and to talk about log decks.  They just happened to have a 20ft deck sitting there that someone ordered and canceled.  They threw the rollers on the order for free and made me a deal on the log deck.  They will be bringing the deck on the 23rd with the mill so no shipping charge. 

Today I am going to work on the bobcat. I need to pull the old tracks off and will do some other maintenance. I'm going to pick up a new set of tracks tomorrow morning and should be back up and running tomorrow afternoon. 
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« Reply #75 on: May 17, 2018, 12:18:45 AM »
Been working hard and making good progress. Pretty amazing that this bobcat has done all this work in a relatively short amount of time. 


 

 
Driveway down yo the barn and mill. Logger stopped by and said he'd have no issues getting his b trains in and out.  


 

 

 
Excavation and site prep is pretty much done.


 
Little driveway up to the house,  just for my personal vehicles.
I've been very happy with the progress and the way every thing turned out. I was lucky to have a sandy gravel based soil . Even after days of rain no mud and everything is solid.  The mill and log deck will be here in one week. Tommorow I am going to start organizing my log pile and cutting to length. 
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« Reply #76 on: May 17, 2018, 09:29:10 AM »
Nice work plus you story line is now easy to follow.  smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #77 on: May 18, 2018, 04:41:27 PM »
Motoring right along!! 

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« Reply #78 on: May 20, 2018, 09:32:17 PM »
Yes sir motoring along full speed ahead. The weather has been off and on n rain the last few days but I'm trying to not let it slow me down.  


 

 
Organized, power washed and cut to length, I'll have quite a bit of practice logs ready to go.


 
Picked up a few concrete slabs from right up the road. They were free and close by so I figured why not.


 
Truck and trailer didn't like it much but the old girl did it. I think I may have been a few pounds over weight and tongue heavy lol


 
Decided to put a 2ft by 2in Styrofoam rip around the barn to insulate the floor before the finished floor goes down.


 

 
It's starting to look like something around here
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« Reply #79 on: May 20, 2018, 09:40:41 PM »
Yup, we sticker our concrete slabs too.  Makes um dry straight with no cupping at all.   ;D
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