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Re: Staying Busy and out of trouble, 2020-21?.
« Reply #220 on: July 12, 2020, 08:19:43 PM »
Been a while since I updated. I haven't been doing many photos either, mostly household chores. I spent Friday afternoon at NYBHH's place, we were postulating on a design for a portable fire control system he can move around his property and have a water supply so he can burn safely. I brought over a pump, some plumbing, and another tank and we played by the creek moving water and talking through the design. I got pretty wet here and there when I wasn't fast enough on the valves, but it was SO hot, who cared? ;D By the evening, we had some good concepts to work with and before I got home he had a lot of the basics spec'ed out already. Sorry, no photos.
 As I said, it has been hot so I have been diddling on little things here and there but nothing special. I did get one person stop to look at the goods on the front lawn yesterday, a neighbor I have known for many years.  He didn't need any of the stuff I had on the trailer but asked if I knew where he could get a few batten boards.  ;D 'Yeah, sure, c'mon back to the stack'. It didn't take long to find some of the little basswood pieces I threw on the drying stack with no plan for them. He even liked the one live edge that I offered to take off. So no direct sales from the display, but at least I got someone who stopped and another connection resulted from it. This is exactly what I had hoped for. :) It's' slow, but it works, sort of.
 My son finished a job on Friday that he had rented scaffolding for and he can't return it until Monday, so he left it in the shop for the weekend. ;D Since I put that little 45 loft up, the ceiling fan has intruded into the working area and is not safe. I have already had a few close calls. I needed to move it for a 3rd (hopefully final) time. My original new spot had the scaffolding out in the middle of the floor and the design on this system has you climb up the outside then swing around the rail on the outside to get on the deck. This thing is narrow (2') and with all my weight 8' off the floor it got pretty tipsy when I tried to swing around. I didn't have a step ladder high enough to get me up there either. I re-thought my location choice. And settled for something safe, but closer to the upstairs decks. I could step from the deck onto the scaffold. However the thing was pretty wobbly for an old guy and I was not comfortable working above my head. So I ran a couple of strap boards  and screwed them to the deck on the floor and the scaffold.


 
  
This firmed it up pretty well. I was mindful of many 'did something dumb today' posts (had a few myself) and I did not feel like creating a new one today. My balance isn't what it once was and I was, admittedly, very tensed up which is also not good. But I managed to get it done and do a proper job.


 
 
After I got all that stuff cleaned up and the scaffold ready to return to the renter I decided to get some logs ready to put on the mill. I got one old clunker EWP yanked out and I thought the pile would drop, but it didn't. I don't like having an unstable pile with the boys playing here. They know not to climb on it, but that is something I am not taking a chance on, so I rolled one log with a can't hook to fill a hole, but there was another 'hanger' and I could not roll it by hand with the other logs on top of it. What to do? Well I found another application for the MagicMan Hook (tm).


 

I gave it a tug with the Mule and over she came and the pile settled down. My problem is still the big EWP on the bottom I need to get out and milled for a job. I'll figure that out another day. I tried to  discuss it with my office manager but she didn't seem to care.


 

Tomorrow is another day.
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Re: Staying Busy and out of trouble, 2020-21?.
« Reply #221 on: July 12, 2020, 08:54:59 PM »
OGH,

  Great to hear from you again. I was getting worried since I had not seen anything here in about a week. Glad you had a productive day. I am surprised about the basswood for battens as I would not think they are durable enough but once the customer buys them that is his issue. I try to give them a suggestion but ... I took a sample piece of buckeye to a lady at the flea market today. A 1X4 about 3' long (1 bf). It has air dried 18 months, very light and a pretty sample. She is doing more woodburning and her husband does my Lichtenburg engraving. I will see what she thinks of it. I think she uses a lot of 3" pieces 8-9 inches long. I told her I could stand one on edge and resaw one of my 12/4 pieces into thin pieces if she likes. We will see.
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Re: Staying Busy and out of trouble, 2020-21?.
« Reply #222 on: July 12, 2020, 09:02:30 PM »
Like WV said good to hear from you 👍

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« Reply #223 on: July 12, 2020, 09:20:17 PM »
Aw, you guys missed me. ;)  I have been posting on other threads all week. I guess those weren't noticeable? ;D I think I spent this week trying to figure out if the heat is just getting to me, or if I have the early 'retirement blues'. :D
 Yeah, I would not have picked the basswood either and advised him as such, but I believe he is going to paint it, so it should still be OK. He needed so little that it wasn't really worth worrying about. 
 I don't get any buckeye here, hope your customer likes it.
 I forgot to mention in the previous post that I spent a day jacking up and supporting the new drying rack I built several weeks ago. I underestimated the weight (actually just didn't think about it enough) so I had to jack it up in the middle and add supports or legs as I could to get it back to flat. Probably gonna make another smaller one this week. We will see how the weather goes. 
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« Reply #224 on: July 12, 2020, 10:06:29 PM »
OGH,

   Actually I had noticed your posts on some of the other threads so I figured you were still alive and assumed you were too busy to post. Reminds me of the time I got a letter from an old HS buddy I had not heard from for several years. He wrote "I'd have wrote sooner but the fish were biting." Who can refute logic like that? :D
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« Reply #225 on: July 13, 2020, 09:28:57 AM »
Yeah some of us wondered  what you had been up to.  :)

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« Reply #226 on: July 13, 2020, 08:50:03 PM »
Well today was(is) Monday and I tried to start off on a better foot. Got up at 4:30, cooked breakfast at 7 and was out working before 8. Nice and cool. I uncovered the mill and drug up a questionable EWP log that I got from a neighbor and expected would wind up being campfire wood, it was old and grey and had shake. But I cut all that off and got 4 decent 2x8's out of it. I should have started by saying I am trying to clean up the log pile and work on logs I need specific wood from, but I have some stuff in the way that just needs to be milled and out of the way. This was one of those logs. I have an order for a pine bench to match a family made farm kitchen table of a friend's wife. They want it 16" wide and I might have a log (at the bottom of the pile of course) to make it in one slab, but I had another EWP log that I thought I could join 2 pieces for, so I milled that one next and got some nice 2x10x12's out of it.  I got a nice clean cant out of it.


 
And except for the knots, the boards look good and clean. I asked the client and he sent me a photo of the table showing it was also knotty, so this will match just fine.


 

More than enough to make 2 benches.  Then it was lunch time and the mail came. The new (used) wireless access point showed up to replace the one that blew last week. As the wife sues this for her netflix casting to the TV I thought I should spend a little time and get that working for her. Turns out that the WAP never blew up in the first place, the modem from the company had issues, so when I figured the work around and got it all going, I had an extra WAP and as the shop wireless is not working as well as I would like I put it out there and messed with it a bit. Probably wasted too much time on that but it was dang hot so I was in no hurry. Finally strated thinking about the logs again and got back to it.
 Now I was starting to 'loosen the log pile' by getting rid of a couple of logs, I thought if I did a little re-arranging I might get to the big log on the bottom. Roll one this way, and another the other way, working from one end of the pile, then back to the other, like playing chess and all I had was a cant hook and my amazing physique  ;D :D.  I rolled this one RO log that I got from a neighbor, it has been on the pile about a week, but when I rolled it, brown water started running out of what looked like, it's mouth. I got a lumber crayon and outlined the face I saw. The heat does funny things to a man sometimes.


 

Anyway I kept working logs back and forth hoping for an opening. ABout that time, as I was on top of the pile trying to roll something that was about 3 times my weight, a customer pulled in to pick up his order of survey stakes (or 4' tomato stakes, they are very similar) and he commented that I was too old to be doing that and should buy a machine. Thanks, that is very helpful coming from a 30 year old kid. ;D Anyway, he got his stakes, I got my cash, and we did a little catching up. He left and I went back to work on the pile.

Push here, roll there and the next thing you know, I thought I had an opening. Got the mule, a length of chain and the log tongs and dragged that sucker right out. Soaked in sweat, I called it a day right then and there, just left the log where I can grab it in the morning.
 Tomorrow I will mill that log into planks and then either take a poplar or a basswood log and mill up some stuff for the luthiers and wood carvers. Mainly this week, I have to build another drying skid, but I am hoping for a rainy or way too hot day. I'll build it mostly in the shop, call someone to help me move it, then finish it out in the swamp. I need more drying space, and I need to start having racks for specific types of stuff to save me time in pulling and re-stacking. I have salvaged new lumber enough for another 16 footer. But tonight I think I am headed to bed early.
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« Reply #227 on: July 14, 2020, 07:34:11 PM »
Well made some progress today, but not a lot. I started on another larger EWP log that I pulled last night. Got 4 clean 2x10's and 2 4/4 boards I made into stickers. The neat part about this one is that it is denim pine (blue stain). Not a lot, but enough that it is either junk or valuable to someone. ;D


 

So that will sit and dry as a possible use for that bench order I have. I will ask the client on their preferences, otherwise I have the stuff I milled yesterday. In any event, I'm done with pine for now. Then I had to run the wife up to pick up her van from the repair guy (frozen caliper). That killed an hour. Then lunch and grab some more logs. I need to get some Ash milled up for winter projects and I have a request from a luthier for an 8/4 slab quarter sawn. I had one skinny ash log left, so I pulled that and stuck it on the mill and as long as I was in log moving mode, I also snatched out a nice Basswood log from the pile to do those woodcarver blocks. That log was covered in Scoharie County Clay (tm) and had gravel embedded in it and there was no way I could put that on the mill. So I dropped it by the mill and set to peeling the bark with an ax. Holy cow that was no fun, but I started to see a pattern where it would peel. One thing led to another in my slow working mind and I got every felling wedge I could find and worked my way around the log driving, resetting, and moving the wedges whenever I popped thru the bark and using the ax in tough spots.



 
It felt like it took forever, but it was probably less than an hour and I had the cleanest white log I have ever seen.  Slicker than greased glass. Only cost me my time and a quart of sweat. :D


 

It was so naked looking that I am thinking I should have covered it with a sheet. ;D The filleting on the outsides of these logs is fascinating.  I could probably make a canoe out of the bark, if I knew how. :D After I finished it I was just shot, so I closed up and got on the mower and mowed the backyard, it needed it...again. Then the dinner bell rang.
 So tomorrow I have at least that Ash and the Basswood log to get milled and on the rack, then I have to start focusing on those drying racks some more to increase my capacity and trim up what I have already. If I am going to make a dent in that log pile this summer, I need a place to put it. For the next rack I have to start from scratch again, cutting trees out of the way and scrubbing the ground to make an area. I feel like this 'adventure' is leading me down a path and I have no idea what it might look like near the end. Every day is a new revelation in what I have to do next. I have such a basic plan that I have no idea exactly how I am getting there...yet. I spent a career being 'the project manager' and sweating every detail way ahead of any due date. This time I am just going with the flow and doing what seems right, at what seems like the right time. It's refreshing to wing it for a change and so far it is going pretty good. I am even enjoying the mis-steps I make (mostly).
 Tomorrow is another day.
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« Reply #228 on: July 15, 2020, 09:57:00 PM »
Well another day. I milled up the ash log I had on the mill into mostly 8/4 stuff for the luthier folks with some 4/4 side boards for me. Then I put up the Basswood log I peeled last night and started on that, got 3 sides open making 4/4 jacket boards as I went (I have no idea what for yet) and took lunch when the 4th side came up. Lunch turned into nap (it was hot and humid) and when I woke up realized I had a Zoom meeting at 5:30 so I hustled back and milled that Basswood into 3 12/4 posts and 2 16/4 posts for the woodcarver folks with a few boards for whatever. I barely got it stacked and stickered in time to quit and make my meeting. I am still amazed by the structure of these Basswood logs under the bark.



 

The fluting is amazing and I have no idea what causes it.
Here is the total days 'production'.


 

I closed up quick and rushed in the house trying to dry off and peel my soaking shirt. I did a quick wash off in the sink tried to shave my sweaty face and got a dry shirt on just in time. My 'meeting' was with my best friend from high school who I had lost contact with and recently located again. He was my Best Man at my wedding and I was his at his second wedding. Seems a shame we lost touch, but that is over now, after 30 years. It was like we just missed a few months in some ways. Mike and I are very different guys, but we also understand each other, so our different lifestyles and priorities really don't matter. It was really good and what I thought would be a 1 hour max meeting turned into 2 and a half hours, but we will do it again soon I expect. Catching up on 30 years in 2 hours can be rough, learning of all the tragedies that we missed in each others lives and the day to do of raising children and trying to help them get going in the working world is a lot to stick inside 2 hours, but it was really good. I feel like I got my old buddy back. He is down in Florida now (a surprise for me), but that matters not except that I wish we could visit again like when he was only 1 state away. Guess we will have to do a road trip when things open up and relax.
 Anyway, a pretty good day. Tomorrow is another day.
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« Reply #229 on: July 16, 2020, 08:35:46 AM »
Glad to hear you caught up with an old friend seems to me that January or February(most useless month of the year) would be a great time for a short migration South.  8)

Taking it one day at a time, or  "Tomorrow is another day" is a great attitude, one I need to remember more often. The basswood is neat mine is stained from the tree being sickly. So it will be sawn into misc 2x lumber. Some time I'll get a good one.

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« Reply #230 on: July 16, 2020, 09:09:51 AM »
These basswood logs I got are beautiful specimens. I don't think the wood carvers mind 'too' much if it is stained. A lot of them paint their finished work. 
 I forgot to mention, or maybe it started happening after I made my last post, but I got no less than 3 separate inquiries last night for pricing on material. 2 from the FB page and one from the Woodcarver I hooked up with 2 weeks ago. SO I am spending part of my morning working up prices and looking through my rack to see if I can fill the requests with what I have.
 I don't know how I will make money selling 3x3x8" basswood blocks for $1.25, but we will see how it goes. Nothing ventured.....
 I like your idea about hitting FL in February. My buddy has 3 guest rooms. I should broach that subject with the wife. It never occurred to me, thanks.
 Today is another day and it is cool enough to wear jeans, so I am headed out to do the aforementioned inventory, then weed whacking and clearing an area for the next lumber rack. Very overcast, humid, and damp cool. Feels like rain, but nothing on the radar or in the forecast. The rain is due to arrive around midnight.
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« Reply #231 on: July 16, 2020, 09:31:28 AM »
OGH,

  That looks like about $2.50/bf on the basswood which seems decent on the surface if this is rough cut, air dried (drying?). Are you doing any planing or KD or other processing other than milling and cutting to length? How much labor is going into cutting them into short pieces? Why wouldn't the customers buy them in 8' lengths and cut them to length themselves? Can you bundle and sell them in groups? Maybe make a simple crate and sell an assortment/pack for $35/$40 or so? Good luck.
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« Reply #232 on: July 16, 2020, 10:34:25 AM »
Yes exactly correct 2.50/BF. These carvers don't seem to have the machines and tools for cutting lumber and their usage is small. Most buy variety packs from Rockler, but they don't get to pick the sizes. Rockler gets about 30 bucks for a 20 pound box I think. Let's see how this develops. I have over 400 bucks worth of basswood drying right now. :D mine will just be air dried at best.
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« Reply #233 on: July 16, 2020, 02:05:58 PM »
    I've still got close to 1,000 bf of 4/4, 8/4, 12/4 and 16/4 basswood mostly 8' long that has been drying 18 months and looks real good. It was a big den tree that fell nearly 2 years ago above my main shooting house on the side of a steep slope. It knocked a small buckeye into my shooting house and I ended up replacing some boards and putting metal over the old shingle roof. I caught a cold spell in February and bucked the logs and snaked them out with my ATV and sawed them into assorted thicknesses and put a box fan between them for a couple months and they turned out well.

   Good luck with yours.
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« Reply #234 on: July 16, 2020, 08:37:20 PM »
Well, I went through 2 t-shirts and 3 hats today. The humidity was pretty high. ;D no logs sawed. no shop work. I decided to get started clearing an area for the next drying rack before I build it. I took out around a dozen small trees and did a lot of low branch pruning. I hauled a lot of brush into the pile and trimmed the small trees with a hand ax, piled the branches and saved the poles 'just in case'. Almost all white pine pecker poles with some hemlock in the mix. Then I raked and leaf blowed, then got the next layer of branches out, then leaf blowed again. Finally had a workable area. I have 30 years of leaf litter piled in here because it was fallow land for me, just swamp. Now I need the real estate, so I am reclaiming it. Took all day, except for a little trip across town to my folks old house where we had taken down 2 trees and I marked the logs I want to mill and the rest will be firewood. Lots of 'sticker logs', which I need anyway. I never seem to have stickers on hand. I haven't been there in a while and hadn't seen this tree in several years. Guess we should check this with a metal detector before we do any cutting on it.


 
I remember when my Dad layed those rebar cuts in the crotch, they are actually 90 corner bends. I guess I lost track of time and forgot about them. ;D I don't think I can use them now.

Then I came back and hauled more brush and hand leveled off a big hump of dirt and rocks that was at the 'entry way' to the new area (I swear I am getting a little old for this digging with a mattock nonsense). I cleaned up a bigger area than I expected and now am planning for the next (after this new one) rack. This is the view from the mill. The hardwood rack I made 6 weeks ago is on the right and the pine skid is on the far left (I need to get that tarp in the air to get some airflow, I know, it's on the list).


 

And here is a little closer up so you can see I have some working room for at least two racks. This was not walk-able area when I started this morning. Just a big tangle with lots of dead tangles on the ground.


 

I am right on the property line here, so I have to be mindful, but this is dry ground I can drive on most of the time. The ground just off to the right of this photo is wet pretty mush year round, which is why I have been spreading brush in there as matting. Anyway, making progress on this front. tomorrow I will stare at it a little more to decide where the first rack will go, then get to work building it. This one will probably be wider than the first one. I am learning you never have enough space.
 I also got a call out of the blue on that Basswood. The guys I had been talking to kicked my name up to the guy who buys wood for this carving club. I guess they group by for everyone and share the cost savings with their members. Anyway, he seems like a nice guy and we had a good talk. He knows his wood and what he wants. He balked a little at my $2.50/BF price, saying that they were already buying KD wood for $3.00/BF. I explained that all the cutting into little blocks added a lot to my time and handling. He laughed and said "Why would you do that?" I told him that is what the other guys asked for. He said 'no, I want to buy in lumber lengths so we can cut it as required'. "OK" says I, "then lets talk turkey, we can cut it back to $2.25/BF" he said that was just fine. I think I undercut myself, but my thinking is he already has a supplier, he doesn't need me. I need cash, and I see this as a way to sell some wood soon. If he is coming to pick up a load and I can move it and make room, so much the better. Him buying in bulk for the club saves me all that hassle of cutting blocks and selling a couple to each customer. I still have two big logs to mill. Not sure how often I will be able to get hold of this stuff anyway. He now needs to get ahold of the club treasurer get an OK and spending some funds.
 One of my other inquiries that doesn't really know what he wants is coming by on Saturday morning to get a better idea of what I have or can make for him. Gotta explore every opportunity. Baby steps.

 If this had been any other year, I would have been camped in a hayfield right now since Monday for my favorite Bluegrass Festival of the year, Grey Fox. But it was canceled like so many others. The great folks at Grey Fox are putting on a live stream event all weekend. It started at 4pm today and is following the normal daily schedule they have always used, so I am trying to catch as much of that as possible. If you have and interest, go find Grey Fox Bluegrass festival on Facebook and open the live stream from one of their posts. They are mixing live video with archived footage. I know so many of these musicians that I am enjoying these very much, but I am missing being with my co-workers up there and mixing with the musicians backstage. That part has me a little depressed because Grey Fox is like my personal Christmas, it is the center of my year. I miss it quite a bit.
 On the other hand in the midst of all the entertainment venues being closed hard since March there has been a dearth of gigs to catch, when I usually catch between 1 and 3 live gigs every 2 weeks. I have been nowhere since February. Well today I got a private invitation to an actual gig! My friends who were supposed to have done an Australian tour in April, followed by a US tour in May and June are doing a live stream for their new CD release from a local music theater that has just been renovated and not allowed to open yet. The live audience is by invitation only, just friend really. The theater can handle about 500 folks and I doubt there will be 100 of us there, but this way the band will have audience feedback and hopefully make it better for the folks watching online. Another COVID experiment, I guess. It will be nice to get out in a fairly safe environment and be with good music friends. So, there is that. 
 And tomorrow is another day.
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Re: Staying Busy and out of trouble, 2020-21?.
« Reply #235 on: July 16, 2020, 11:13:21 PM »
I forgot to mention when I went out to mark logs on my way back I stopped to get staples (eggs, milk, and beer) at while I was catching up with a neighbor, this truck pulls in and my neighbor could see that I was so distracted I couldn't hold a conversation. I apologized and said "I HAVE to check this truck out". he followed me over.


 
 The truck is now owned by a closer neighbor who "found it" about 30 miles away. The department listed is the next town over from us and I have spent many hours working fires and training with them I have a lot of friends in that department. I had to know 'the story' on this truck. Turns out it was bought by that department as new in 1961 for a utility and brush truck, then sold when it was 'getting old' to 'some guy'. He worked it up into a tournament truck: solid suspension, hot motor, tight brakes, etc. (Fire dept tournaments are a 'thing' in the northeast, look it up). SO my neighbor wanted a unique truck to nag around in and this is 'it'. Pretty dang neat. My other neighbor (a music producer) wanted a photo of me with the truck and he took this one. Kind of a surreal 4 minutes in my afternoon out of nowhere. I should have got a photo of what it had under the hood, holy cow. Note how close the running board is to the ground. Normal for tournament trucks (maybe even a little high), but not so good for rural street use.  ;D
 He jsut got it and is going to bring it over to the original department for some photos and to get a copy of the photo they have from the day the truck was delivered new. Pretty neat, don't you think? I nearly forgot to even mention it.
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« Reply #236 on: July 16, 2020, 11:33:27 PM »
Great picture and a nice little story 👍

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« Reply #237 on: July 17, 2020, 08:13:28 PM »
Only 1 shirt and 2 hats today, but I finished the day with no shirt, just too humid. A full 10 hour day though. I got my 3rd drying rack layed out and built. Pretty much done, but I do have a little more trimming on the tarp tomorrow and I may paint this one for the neighbors benefit.  
 This one I built a bit bigger and with a lot more support under it. I learned from the last one. ;D We were watching 2 of the grandsons today, so divide and conquer. One is a homebody so he hung with my wife mostly in the house, and the other is an outdoors guy, so he hung with me. He was a HUGE help, more than you might expect from any 5 year old, OK, more than I expected. HE has no fear of the noise of the air nailer or the circular saw noise. He knows to wear his safety glasses. He is used to it. He would hold up one end of the stringers while I nailed them, hold the end of a long board when I was cutting it off, and hand me stuff when I was up high and save me a LOT of jumping up and down. I would not have finished it today without his help. Pretty amazing. He did have one little distraction and that was the frogs in the drainage crick.


 

He finally reached a point where they would not hide when he got in range and he thought it was cool to sit there and talk and try to reason with them. :D I circled the frog he was talking to in the above photo. There was another right next to it his head is covering.
 But we managed to get this up just after lunch, my helper and I.


 

This is a shot from the same perspective as the previous days posts to give you an idea of what I picked for a location.


 
 My helper and I made a run to town and got a proper sized tarp for a cover and I put that up while he played with the cute little girl next door (that NEVER stops talking ;D). Here's the final result:


 

It is no carpenters work of art for sure, but should be functional. I know I don't have drying sheds like most guys, probably down the road I will, but I need to get logs milled and have a place to get them air drying as quick as I can. This one is 8 x 16' and I made it 24" off the ground hoping the snow would not get up to that level.  I put 11 blocks under it to support the load, plus two more bricks under those ridge board supports. I might put shed roofs on #2 and #3 next year. #1 will remain as the pine drying skid, just off the ground, but I do have to get the tarp on that one off the ground to get some airflow. Maybe tomorrow or in the next week. 2 days in a row on infrastructure is enough. Although I would maybe like to paint this new rack to make it subdued, the neighbor can see it right out their front door and I would like to be easy on their eyes. I have some dull red paint I might use up. Brown would be better. One of the nice points on this build is that I didn't mill or buy a stick of the materials. All job leftovers from my son's work. All I paid for was the nails. 8) oh, and the tarp. :D
 Gonna go listen to some good Bluegrass now. Tomorrow is another day.
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Re: Staying Busy and out of trouble, 2020-21?.
« Reply #238 on: July 17, 2020, 09:43:45 PM »
I like the pic of the old International fire truck cab (it's not rust, it's "Patina" ;D). 
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« Reply #239 on: July 19, 2020, 07:25:06 PM »
Well, yesterday it was SO hot and I was pooped from the previous days so I became a bum for a day. I just did little piddly things, got a cover up in the air over my pine drying skid and not much else I can think of. Too hot.
 Today, it was even hotter, but we had chores to get done. We had an arborist drop a twin trunk maple over at my folks house that was threatening the house only about 20' away. SO today we did the cleanup, or started it anyway. We don't have any lifting equipment, so we worked with what we had on hand. We rigged up a snatch block in the head of the trailer and winched the logs in pulling with a winch on another truck.


 

And here is the truck end.


 

We took advantage of the work and provided some winch operator training. He did a good job.


 
While he was operating, I had a few seconds to shoot a short video, but that log got hung and I had to go roll it.


So now I have a little more wood here. We still have some to fetch over for firewood but we got most of the big stuff. I ran out of sweat again.


 
Today it hit 95 and not only was my shirt (when I still had it on) wringing wet, my bandanna was dripping and I had to use another. My shorts looked like I wet myself all over ( I did not) and were just soaked through all around. By 1 pm I was done in.
 I came home and tuned in the last day of the Festival live stream. Most of that wood will either be firewood or stickers unless I find some neat spalting. I am tired of running out of stickers. I figure if I spend a day or so making stickers, maybe I can get ahead a little.

My son hauled the trailer over here an hour ago and we just dumped it. Tomorrow is another day and we have another heat advisory already up for it. ;D
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