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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #40 on: December 05, 2019, 08:12:23 AM »
Recently I picked up my Sugar Maple from the solar kiln (the one with the cows standing guard). Both my meter, and the kiln owners meter, read the boards at 6 - 7% M.C. after about 2 months of drying. 8)
I was very pleased how straight they dried, the only bad ones were the short pieces on the top of the stack that looked like airplane propellers. I'll make sure to stack some heavy weight on top next time.
    But before I could start building the custom breakfast nook, my best repeat customer had another project to do. I had helped him and his wife move into his new house, and he soon realized he had to much junk, and not enough storage space. (A friend told me once you need to move every 4 - 5 years to get rid of all your junk. :D) After looking at how much pre-built yard barns cost, I offered to build him a 10x12 for less $$$ using my lumber.








I used my air dried Red Pine for all of the joists, studs, rafters, and shelf supports. The only big box store lumber was the plywood and a few 12' 2x pieces I used for the top wall plate, and on the front of the shelves. I used these since I didn't have any pieces that long, and they were extras he had saved from the new house build.
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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #41 on: December 05, 2019, 09:24:17 AM »
I love it.  Building such buildings actually was my job before I bought my sawmill.  I started using "bandmilled" lumber to save on my costs and then decided that I liked his job better than mine.  Wow, that was 18 years ago.
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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #42 on: December 29, 2019, 11:27:30 AM »



Got a cool pic sent to me from my friend the custom fishing rod builder. He made the featured rod on his lathe with Black Walnut, Red Cedar, and some Tiger Maple I had sawn for him. 
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« Reply #43 on: January 29, 2020, 08:44:57 AM »
Recently I completed building the custom breakfast nook for my best repeat customer, here's some pics:


 
The quarter-sawn Sugar Maple had very directional grain, run it through the planer one way and it would chip, switch ends and it would cut smooth ribbons. The first log above the stump I cut at 3' to avoid a bend in the tree. These short boards had some twist when drying, but had a nice red color.






Ray fleck, ray fleck, and more ray fleck. After going through all the work of getting the lumber cut, dried, and planed, I made sure to select the best face / grain figure on each board (with as much ray fleck as possible!) The customers wife requested a tung oil finish, which I hadn't used it before, but I really liked how it made the grain "pop".












The finished project in the new house. I had to build it in two separate cabinets, in order to fit through the front door, and then reassemble them into an "L" once inside.
The entire project was built loosely based off a photo of a similar nook the customers wife found online. There were no plans, and everything was built with "eyeball engineering". This included building mock-ups to check bench and table height, and make sure they were happy with it. (Which they were). ;D



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« Reply #44 on: January 29, 2020, 09:02:50 AM »
Wozers! That turned out nice!  
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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #45 on: January 29, 2020, 09:13:19 AM »
Jeremy,

Super Fine!
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« Reply #46 on: January 29, 2020, 09:16:55 AM »
  smiley_thumbsup  Very nice work , Jeremy
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« Reply #47 on: January 29, 2020, 09:17:31 AM »
Ditto that looks great.

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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #48 on: January 29, 2020, 01:06:01 PM »
Very nice Jeremy.
 Especially like the quarter sawn with ray fleck.  8)
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« Reply #49 on: January 29, 2020, 01:53:55 PM »
Great work
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« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2020, 09:38:18 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys! I put a lot of hours into the project, and wanted it to be a showcase piece. Highlighting what can be done with lumber that I can produce, (and some woodworking). ;)
Thanks also to the customer (and his wife) for generously letting me use one side of their heated 2 car garage for a workshop for over a month, without which the project wouldn't have turned out as nice. Further convincing me that I need to plan to build a new shop of my own, just for constructing projects. Allowing my business to be able to produce "value added product" year round.


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Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #51 on: February 08, 2020, 01:57:01 PM »
Definitely a show piece!
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« Reply #52 on: February 08, 2020, 04:18:43 PM »
You do very nice work! Amazing what you can find in an old log... 8)
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« Reply #53 on: February 08, 2020, 04:23:30 PM »
who knows, may solidify a tradition of a family eating breakfast together.  nice work start to finish.  no pun intended. :)
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« Reply #54 on: March 28, 2020, 10:10:47 PM »
Even with all the nationwide pandemic that's going on, I've been getting a few sawmilling calls. I had taken a break from sawing over winter, but since the snow is melting in the land of cheese, I guess I'm back in the sawmill business. 8)



Bought a new box of blades and a couple B57's. I ran the originals till they were plum wore out, and then picked up a couple auto parts store belts to get by. They worked OK, but there's nothing like the real thing.






A repeat customer brought over a few logs to saw, though he didn't know what they were. My first guess is Elm, but I've been wrong before. Whatever it is, I'm happy to saw it (and get paid)! ;D
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
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« Reply #55 on: March 29, 2020, 08:09:26 AM »
You sure do good work. Both sawing and building!!
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New customer brought me a couple big, knotty, pitchy, White Pine logs to saw. Biggest one was 30"+ diameter, and plenty heavy! Had to do some "Bibbying" with the chainsaw for the blade glide to fit in different places.. Tree came out of someones front yard, so of course it had...







Customer requested it cut to 7/8" thick for paneling, so I got max board yield from the logs. He was impressed by the wide boards (some almost 20") that you can't get at a big box store.
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

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« Reply #57 on: June 27, 2020, 09:03:29 PM »



Still chasing the sawdust dream, riding out the ups and downs, and hoping for better days to come. Maybe there's a pot of gold out there, the rainbow did touch down in my woods. :D



Made a new sign for the business from some leftover paint and a free 2-man saw blade.



Ran the original blade guide rollers about as long as I could, and replaced them with new ones from Wood-Mizer. Cut some knotty Spruce before and after, huge improvement in cut quality (less waves).



Rented a mini EX for the weekend, and did some demo and cleanup to make room for a future new garage / shop building. While I had it, I gave a few trees a gentle "nudge" while cutting them down to fell them in the right direction. Very handy machine for moving logs around with the thumb and bucket, and digging stumps, and stacking brush... (I definitely need to own one of these someday). ;D



The lumber inspector was impressed with my inventory. (Makes it all worth it).  ;D
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

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Re: Chasing the sawdust dream
« Reply #58 on: June 28, 2020, 06:50:18 AM »
Your lumber always looks so very well sawn. 
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« Reply #59 on: June 28, 2020, 09:30:38 AM »
That inspector looks like he might be tough to deal with in the future, one of mine took me out yesterday evening whipped me in golf(dad hadn't played a round yet this year) then I had to buy him a hamburger. Enjoy it they grow fast.


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