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