Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Making lumber


During the late fall and early winter, Dean busied himself cutting down a bunch of the big tall pine trees on the property with the intent to have them cut into lumber.


Logs lined up along the driveway - in the cue for the sawmill

We hired a sawmill guy - Hank - who brought his portable sawmill to the property and spent a couple of days cutting.



Dean's job during this part of the project was to use the ATV to drag the logs up to the sawmill.  From here, they are rolled into place on the arms of the machine and lifted up into position for cutting.  I thought I shot some video of this, but I can't find it...

Hank's dog Ben - a very friendly giant long haired German shepherd was on the job site.  He weighs like a hundred pounds!


Here's some of the output.


When Hank was done we had a big stack of lumber, and a big pile of sawdust!


We ended up with 6 x 6's, 4 x 4's, and a bunch of 1 x and 2 x stock of various widths in 8 and 10 foot lengths.


From here, we had to move all of this lumber into piles for drying.  


We used the truck and worked together to move the wood to several areas around the yard where we stacked it for drying.



We had some supervision from Missy.


The wood is stacked neatly with these separator strips of wood in between to allow for air flow.




And here it sits for about 6 months before we can use it to build things.




We plan to use the lumber to enclose the soffits on the garage, and to build a shed.