Milling Lumber,  Sawmill

Shiver me timbers

Shiver me timbers. It was going snow well. I won’t pine about it. I’ll just lumber on.

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Snow on deck.

I put a 24″ pine on the saw mill yesterday and made two cuts. Discovering the joy of rolling a decent sized log. Leverage is your friend. The good thing is the the log gets lighter with each cut.

I figure I will get at least seven 2×10 timbers from this log, along with other miscellaneous sized 1x (one inch thick) boards. Its a straight log so maybe a couple smaller 2x boards.

Yesterday I had 4 logs on the crib for the sawmill. The first two were hemlock, and I made a couple 6.25×6.25 timbers along with a couple smaller pieces of 1x lumber. I’ve been cutting the bigger lumber a bit oversized so that should the need arise, I can resaw them into small dimensions. So a 6.25×6.25 cant will still net three 2×6 sticks of lumber. That big one shown below is the one that is currently on the mill (pictured above).

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Hemlock and pine logs.

I’ve also been spending time building a rig to help cut up firewood, without having to be bent over all the time to cut and pick up the wood to bring to the splitter. At the moment I am using it to cut up waste material from the sawmill that will become kindling.

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Splitting firewood.

Gravity does much of the work. As a log is cut it will roll down to the splitting area. Slab lengths don’t roll, so its a bit more work.

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Processing firewood with a home made unit.

A little while ago the setup was elsewhere in the work yard, it looked like this.

Even the waste bits of bark are processed and make good ground cover.

A Newfoundland born Canadian with a life long interest in woodworking, baking and anything else that peaks my curiosity.

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