|Project by HalDougherty||posted 12-29-2010 10:37 PM||2702 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
It’s not high quality wood, and it wasn’t free… But, I’m not going to waste a resource. I removed a bag of drywall screws that were holding everything together. Several 1×4’s, and a few 1×6’s plus 3 sheets of 1/4” construction grade plywood and a big 2×4 pine pallet were protecting my new saw! I’m going to put this lumber in my lumber shed to use for building a solar kiln.
This has been both a great month and a terrible month. I have to replace a heat pump, a transmission in my vehicle, and several other unplanned bills. I’ve been working for a long time to get a sawmill to mill my own gunstock blanks and other high quailty walnut, maple and cherry lumber. I got the Timberking 1220 manual mill for several reasons. It was less than 1/2 the price of the automatic mills. It might be a cheeper mill, but it’s got a 33” throat and the blade opening is 28.5”. The 25 HP engine should make it easy to cut big slabs for tables and benches. If I’d spent more money and bought the bigger mill, I would have to be in the lumber business 100%. I can spend 1/4 of my time making lumber for my products and home projects and won’t feel too bad letting the mill sit the rest of the time.
I’m parked under one of the big sugar maples in my yard. Tomorrow I’m hooking a big rope around a limb and hoisting the sawmill head and driving the base out from under it, just like hanging a horse thief back in the old west. When I buy a bigger mill, I hope to have enough money to afford a fork lift of some kind for moving logs, lumber and unloading my sawmills! Right now I’m just getting along as best I can.
My shop and house are in the background. One reason I bought the mill is to make poplar siding to replace the rotten siding that’s on it now. I don’t want plastic siding. This old farmhouse was built almost 100 years ago and at the time it was built it was a showplace. It was built by Dr. A.D. Miller and inside the home has lots of deluxe features. 10’ ceilings, french doors leading to the dining room, a built in china cabinet in the dining room, 4 huge walk in closets in the upstairs bedrooms, all hardwood trim, hardwood floors and it was wired for electricity when it was built. It was allowed to run down and I hope to restore it to the original beauty it had when it was built. This springs project is to make enough siding to cover the house from poplar logs. Next year’s project is to make flooring. It will take 3200 bft of flooring to replace all the floors. I started refinishing them several years ago, but they were in such poor shape, I stopped. On the back side of the property, there are several big white oaks that will make great quarter sawn floors. If you’ve got some walnut, cherry or maple logs that are cluttering up your place, bring ‘em down! I’ll find some place to put them!
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com