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Finally fulfilling a dream
« on: October 29, 2020, 05:42:42 PM »
I havenít been around these parts for a decade or so, due to the crazy unpredictability of how life takes us on different paths than we expected...but we also have some choices along the way too, and the desire to get my great Uncleís 1985 LT40 Woodmizer up and running and making sawdust again has never left me. And now, Iím committed to doing that. Iíve just spent the past three months working to get my octogenarian parents out of their little ten acre farmstead, and into an apartment, and in the process, I was struck by the tragedy of seeing a lot of my dadís dreams never get off the ground, just because of the passage of time, and realized that the same thing can happen to me. (Iím happy some of his dreams did get realized in his time thereóand I suppose itís better to leave the earth with a few undreamed dreams, because thatís what helps us live longer livesóso to my dad, I say, ďkeep dreaming!Ē) Anyway, it was a wake up call for me, and so Iím going to get the thing running again before next spring.

But this leads to my question: my brothers and I (along with my dad) have always dreamed of having a place of our own on our ancestral land up in the U.P. of Michigan.

Whatís the story on using lumber you milled yourself, for building, in Michigan? My dad is 82, and weíd love to build a place up there before he says farewell to us all. And I think this dream could help him keep dreaming! 

To JeffB and and all the other old-timers around here, I hope you guys are well! 
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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2020, 08:46:02 PM »
you should post some pictures of the mill in its current state and what you think it needs.  i'm sure the fellow members will give you pointers if you are unsure how to proceed with getting the mill going again.

welcome back!

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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2020, 08:58:39 PM »
Welcome back my friend, it's been a long time!! Can't help you with the mill but will offer encouragement.
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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2020, 10:12:34 PM »
Great on you for pursuing the dream!  It will be fun for your brothers and dad too.  

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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2020, 10:17:04 PM »
I am a firm believer that no one ever looks back and says, wish I would have done less! We will never get it all done, but might as well start.

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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2020, 10:36:47 PM »
Well I'll be DanG'd, ya are still kickin'. Good ta hear dat yer reviving dat cabin dream. Ya may want ta hold off 'till spring, as da snow is goin' ta start pilin' up shortly.

Da best bet for yer lumber question, is ta try to talk to a couple local builders in that area. Code interpretation varies greatly from one area to another UP here. Do not go straight to the local building inspector, get all yer ducks in a row first.
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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2020, 06:24:16 PM »
Itís wonderful to see you!  
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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2020, 06:50:38 PM »
Welcome back!!
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Well, I have really good days".    Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2020, 11:26:44 PM »
Well how about that, welcome back  :)
You are going to have to ask the question of the local building dept at some point. The worst they can do is require that the lumber be graded by someone from an accredited grading agency. Most of the agencies have a transient lumber grading service. Some departments allow an engineer to sign off on the lumber, and some don't enforce that law. Until you ask, you won't know. The building official will want to know what you intend to build so it would be good to have a plan or at least a good idea of what you intend to build. It is potentially red tape and we all chafe under the bit but it needn't be a deal breaker.
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Re: Finally fulfilling a dream
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2020, 06:46:11 AM »
Good luck to you. Fulfilling a dream is nice thing to do.
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