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Question of the day
« on: November 27, 2018, 08:33:32 PM »
My nephew (an excellent finish carpenter) was picking up a couple of pick-up loads of cherry lumber a couple of days ago. As we were sorting through my piles, he asked "Do you like sawing the lumber or making something with it?"
Great question! I had to think a while but I chose sawing the lumber. Tough choice.
What say you?

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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2018, 08:38:41 PM »
Haha! It's sometimes a toss-up sometimes. Seeing a tree open up and turn into beautiful wood is pretty amazing. There's definitely something about seeing the grain the for the first time, and watching that stack of lumber grow is pretty satisfying. But seeing that lumber planed down smooth, and then the transformation into something useful and beautiful is pretty awesome, too... 
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2018, 09:09:19 PM »
Both for me...

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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2018, 09:13:14 PM »
I have been on both sides and sometime in between, but in my today's world my satisfaction is opening a log and being the first person to ever see what is inside. 
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2018, 09:56:19 PM »
Tough call...

I like the whole process really. from cutting down a tree through to building a finished item.  OK, some bits I do like more than others.  :D

Cutting down trees, milling logs, building stuff at the best parts.  8)
Cleaning up brush, stacking wood, and finishing projects can be a bit more of a drag, but they need to be done so you do the more fun bits.  :-\
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2018, 11:34:48 PM »
Definitely milling at this point 
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2018, 12:20:04 AM »
I use to enjoy making furniture but now my time is filled with sawing logs, stacking, stickering, lumber, hauling slabs, shoveling sawdust, mill  upkeep, sharpening blades etc.  Have not even had time to go hunting and I live in the woods.  My daughter wanted me to build her a table, she said I have plenty of wood,  but I will have to wait till the spring when I finally get through with cutting the cypress logs I have decked up.
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2018, 01:01:02 AM »
For me it's all one process. I enjoy going from log to finished piece. Be it a dining table or a scrollsawn piece.
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2018, 06:12:33 AM »
 
 Since I bought my mill in 2002 I might have spent 30 hours in the woodshop.  It use to be 30 hours a week.   Steve
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2018, 06:16:03 AM »
When people ask me what I make with the logs I saw, I say "lumber" and that usually results in a puzzled look so I explain about custom sawing; sometimes they understand and sometimes they don't. Occasionally I will undertake making a simple bench or table but that's not the #1 reason. It was surely nice to have a sawmill when I enclosed our garden built a chicken coop.
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2018, 07:52:41 AM »
Milling my left hand can't take the beatting when I pick up a hammer  :D
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2018, 08:20:17 AM »
Back when it was a hobby, both, but now the wood working shop is a greasy repair shop for the sawmill. Actually closing the w.w. shop became necessary because people wanted me to plane, joint and cut to length the lumber I thought they would take rough. I did this the first year, what a mistake, if somebody gets in that shop it's over until dark or worse. A short trip to going broke.

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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2018, 08:24:41 AM »
I enjoy all of it.  For my personal use I really enjoy picking out a tree, cutting it, milling and drying the lumber and turning the lumber into a finished project.  

My woodworking is 75 percent for fun, 25% for profit.  My sawmilling is primarily for my retirement physical and mental health, for retirement income and of course fun.  While I enjoy "logging" (that's a loose use of the word for the "logging" I do), it isn't my favorite part when I do it.
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2018, 08:44:55 AM »
I like both.  My back hates both.  

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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2018, 09:48:33 AM »
   I am not a woodworker and primitive benches and a rough pole barn or shed is about the limit of my woodworking skills so milling has to be my favorite. I just wish I had more room to store it and equipment to move the finished lumber around. 

    My true favorite thing is seeing someone else make something from my lumber that makes them happy.
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2018, 10:25:27 AM »
I like wood , (make a good song huh) cant help it , from cutting tree to cutting window trim and everything in-between got my first taste of sawdust when I was 2 and been hooked ever since . :)

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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2018, 05:23:24 PM »
This was a tough one for me too. The grandchildren seem to like the inscription under each gift - "Grandpa Gage cut down the tree, milled it into lumber and made this gift, just for you." 
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2018, 07:33:46 PM »
I like running the sawmill to make money...I can cut in a day (profit) almost as much as I can make in a week (profit) in the woodshop...that being said, the woodworking I did when I first started sawmilling is what really got my name out there!

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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2018, 07:35:35 PM »
Very nice pieces !
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2018, 08:04:49 PM »
Holy Wow!!   smiley_thumbsup  Very nice work.

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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2018, 08:53:41 PM »
I go back and forth, back and forth :).
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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2018, 09:03:05 PM »
Lawn Dawg, did you empty those barrels?  ;D

Very nice looking creations. Is the chair painted black to simulate charring?

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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2018, 11:45:52 PM »
Lawn Dawg, did you empty those barrels?  ;D

Very nice looking creations. Is the chair painted black to simulate charring?
Yeah, I emptied them one sitting... :D
Those are authentic whiskey barrel staves I made those chairs out of, no paint
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2018, 08:33:54 AM »
Nice work! And the way you took the pictures ain't all that bad either. ;D
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2018, 11:11:17 AM »
What did you do to keep the charring from making a mess?

I like your taste in bourbon!

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« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2018, 12:16:43 PM »
WOW! LogDawg, you brew bourbon, too. I like the woodwork better. Simply outstanding!
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2018, 06:43:47 AM »
Nice work! And the way you took the pictures ain't all that bad either. ;D
Thanks!
What did you do to keep the charring from making a mess?

I like your taste in bourbon!


I sanded them down outside, but in the end, they get sprayed with about 4 coats of poly. That seals the mess in!
WOW! LogDawg, you brew bourbon, too. I like the woodwork better. Simply outstanding!
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2018, 06:52:51 AM »
That's a good question and it made me pause and think about all the stages of the cycle.

We log by hand during the winter . There are days when it is -25 C with deep snow and high wind. For some reason I still love it. There are days when it's 0 C and mild . Your working and your wet because it's mild . The snow is sticking to everything . For some reason I still love it.

We move our logs by rafting them together in the spring and towing them home with th e boat. Love that part to . 

Sawing with the bandmill . Been doing that for 26 years now . Still love it.

Planing the lumber four sides. Just got this option going in the last two years. Really love the look and feel of the fresh dressed lumber. 

Have a woodworking shop where I piddle around making things that interest me. Love that to .

Time spent on the FF . Time well spent.

I guess the short answer to the question is that's there's nothing about the whole logging, towing, sawing ,planing ,woodworking that I don't love.

Only hope I can be still doing it till the day I die.

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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2018, 11:43:01 AM »
I like both but am doing less and less of them.
Since my boat accident in September I have sawed about 1000 bf of hemlock and in the shop made about 400 bf of WP shiplap.
No nice woodworking projects at all
leg still bothers some.
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2018, 12:28:38 PM »
Hello all;  
I'm new here, but have been lurking for years. To echo earlier points, they're both equally (though differently) satisfying if you can high grade the season and working conditions you do them in.
My day job is building (and plenty of rebuilding of) wooden boats.  I also harvest and mill Tamarack (Hackmatack knees).  Here is a little 14' lapstrake dory I built this summer for a customer using Tamarack, White Cedar, Ash, White Oak, and White Pine I cut and/or milled.
The idea of valuing adding to raw materials and the practice of it doesn't always reconcile (believe me!), but it's great when it does work out.  
Anyways, a belated thanks to the folks around here.  I've sure gleaned a ton of good insights in my time here as a visitor. 
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« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2018, 07:22:00 PM »
Nice, my background is also marine. Lofting in space is an art.... :)
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« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2018, 07:55:07 PM »
Milling my left hand can't take the beatting when I pick up a hammer  :D
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Re: Question of the day
« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2018, 09:04:37 PM »
I have been on both sides and sometime in between, but in my today's world my satisfaction is opening a log and being the first person to ever see what is inside.
I too like the part about opening up a log and being the first person to ever see what's inside. 
I like to make stuff too with the wood that i mill. I've made some cedar benches and live edge cedar coat racks with logs that i've milled. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to look at the finished product and know that i did it all.

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« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2018, 06:25:13 PM »
I like both. I made nine of these for Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews. Pine, Cherry and Maple. All cut down,milled and turned into something nice. I like the idea of going from the tree on my land to something useful.

 
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And this is a building I built. All the wood was cut and milled with a csm at my camp. Now that I have the LT 40 watchout!!
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