Backyard Alder Milling #2: Divide and conquer

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Blog entry by damnHippie posted 03-03-2008 08:22 PM 1214 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Saturday was the day. Mr. Dorje came over with the tools and know-how, I provided assistance when able. We spent about seven hours, milling five logs each between six an eight feet long, and about 26” in diameter.

The two widest logs we milled into 10/4 slabs, the rest we milled closer to 5/4 planks. The 10/4 is ear-marked for a friend of mine who will use it to make electric guitar bodies. The rest? I’ll figure that out when it is dry and as the need arises.

It was a great day—I had a good chance to get to know Ananda, I learned a bit about chainsaw milling, and my wife and I really enjoyed hitting the pub with the Dorje’s after.

Sunday I spent a few hours moving and stacking the lumber. Great workout, but now I’m pooped! So, in about a year I’ll be looking to get a bandsaw, so I can take full advantage of the alder!

Sorry I don’t have any pictures of the process—I seem to have misplaced my camera.

-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P

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#1 posted 03-04-2008 01:19 AM

This is a nice post. I have always wanted to have the ability to mill my own lumber simply because by doing so you can participate in the entire furniture cycle (with the exception of tree creation of course). Don’t worry about finding a use for the lumber, if you have the lumber the plans will come.

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#2 posted 03-04-2008 02:24 AM

That was a great day! Start to finish! damnHippie said, “I provided assistance when able.” Yeah right! He did half the work…it’s not the easiest work in the world either!

Do I have to come over to take pictures so that people will believe you? I mean, can I come over and take some pictures?

Hey – you want to knock over another one of your trees? Say, in a year or two?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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