Building my dream shop #12: Been a while

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Blog entry by rep posted 03-13-2011 08:28 AM 2440 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Pre-Chrismas Update Part 12 of Building my dream shop series Part 13: Making lumber with my EZ Boardwalk sawmill »

OK – Time for an update.

Been spending most of the time clearing land and planting trees. I think we are approaching the end (yay!) of planting for this season. Working on the last rows this weekend.

Last weekend was very windy, and the temporary cover for the sawmill was blown off.

I made some heavier duty stakes and with ropes replaced, I think it will hold up for the next storm

A real woodworking project is also in process . We have taken some of the pine trees on the property, milled the logs into boards, dried them, and will be using them to build some seed tables to grow out some pecan trees from seeds.

Here is the first unit completed. LOML picked the color (and did the painting)

Very cool to process the wood from start to finish. Used Kreg pocket screws for assembly.

I did pick up a new tool yesterday (2 of them).

Came in handy for dimensioning the homemade 2×4s for the seed table.

Maybe more wood working in the near future…I can hope.

-- rick

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 10:49 AM

my eye´s …. my eye´s … hurt now ….. that colour burn
but the rest is looking good :-)

take care

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 02:25 PM

i have read your blog from the very beginning you have really done a lot of work on that place and one day it will be nice to see the completed project i know that you will be glad to see it finished. Keep up the hard work and keep us updated.You are the closest person that i have found on LJs Keep us posted on progress.


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Will Mego

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 06:29 PM

coming along! might want some deer protection for those trees though. If you don’t, and they DO eat them down, never fear, they’re still building root bases, I’ve seen fruit trees get largely eaten for four years then shoot up like crazy when protective measures are applied.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 03:31 PM

I do have some deer fence to put up, but not sure when I will have time…
Do deer eat pine trees? These are cypress and pine.

-- rick

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Will Mego

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#5 posted 03-18-2011 06:44 AM

sadly, it depends on the availability of food in your area, and the type of pine. White and Mugo pine are tasty to deer, and they’ll attack them, but all pines are at risk to deer that get the serious munchies. Again, cypress it depends on the type. Leyland Cypress are like deer candy, it seems, while some other types are popular antler rubbing targets, but again, hungry enough, the deer will eat any new growth off of almost any tree. If you worry or start to notice some snacking, consider a product like a plantra tree tube, which seems to do a great job, or a deer repellent spray, but keep in mind you’ll need to reapply regularly if you go that route.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 03:12 AM

More, More. Can we see some video of the mill???

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#7 posted 04-18-2011 02:54 PM

The next BLOG entry should include a step-by-step video of the sawmill features, and processing a log into boards.

-- rick

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