First “post” as a LJ. I have more shop-time than online-time, please don’t cut me slack but offer any how-to-do-better on HTML or posting as you will.
A director at work had a big oak tree in his yard DIE (as in about a month) and have to come down. When he asked if I was interested, of course I leaped at the option. He had the arborist keep log-length 8-10 feet. His contacts were able to pull the four ~2-foot thick logs from his front yard…longer story, lesson: getting chain around log on ground takes ingenuity.
Logs at yard:
Found a local sawmill(http://www.thewoodshedinc.com/SpecialtyCutWood.asp), finally, halleluiah! Basically Van Pendleton saved my whole deal. Great sawyer, super nice guy to work with. Big (to me) horizontal bandsaw that made all four logs into lumber in a weekend.
Got the milled lumber back onto the borrowed trailer attached to the borrowed truck (Thanks, Van and Jeff!) and brought to the spread. I was lucky to have a fairly flat place to have the steel-beam-braced-flat frame to place:
Not the best picture (still not in the habit to capture step-by-step). Not the whole thing, just the green frame. I figured it would make a flat stable base to put a bunch of wood on top of.
Unloading was it’s own challenge (“don’t try this at home, use professionals” said my shoulders).
The next part is to USE the wood!
Notes for later, or lessons learned:
-getting a chain under a ton of tree almost requires digging under it
-Chainsaws are still scary
-having a lot of contacts, associations, references helped. Make as many friends as possible. This would never have happened without my manager knowing persons with trucks, hoists, cranes, big yards, etc.
-Don’t use “water-proof” or deck-treatment on board ends and expect no checking. Next time I will use some kind of thick (maybe oil-based?) paint for the end grain.