|Forum topic by dakremer||posted 03-11-2012 01:35 AM||1747 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
03-11-2012 01:35 AM
Hey guys, For those of you who know me, you know that I dont have my own shop or tools. My neighbor has a workshop that he doesnt use very much anymore (at least not for woodworking). He now mostly concentrates on fixing up his old John Deere Tractor….
His tools are kind of old, but I’ll take anything to get my woodworking fix! His tools include a Table saw, Radial Arm Saw, Jointer, Planer, and a Bandsaw. He also has some really old hand tools – I dont use these much because they need some lovin and I’m not at a skill level to get them back into tip top shape…..
He lets me get into his shop any time I want to do woodworking. He even gave me the code to get in and everything so I can come and go as I please! I dont know what I’d do without it!! I’m still in school, and am not anywhere near being able to get my own shop/tools. It truly is a blessing to have this available to me.
Because he lets me use it, and I make most of the mess in the shop now, I try to keep things nice and clean. I’ve taken almost all of his equipment apart and gave it a good thorough cleaning, replaced blades, sharpened knives, organized, swept, etc, etc. Its literally the least I can do for what he is allowing me to do!!
He just had a huge tree felled on the property (I think an oak). It was a huge tree. Maybe 5-6 feet in diameter….
Its a sad day when you see this large of tree being used as fire wood only! I would have loved to have a portable mill around to get some thick slabs of this stuff! Unfortunately that wasnt the case…..
He had been cutting up the logs for fire wood and throwing them in his wagon for the last week. Every time he gets a wagon full, he hauls it over to his stacking area and dumps it on the ground….only to go fill up another wagon full.
Since he does so much for me, I decided I’d help him stack the firewood….
He uses the wood to heat his shop in the winter time. He also sells some of his firewood for a little spending money. He sells it by the bundle or by the pallet – that is why we are separating the wood by pallet….
The pics above are about 1.5 wagons worth of wood. Thats not even half of the wood from this one tree!! Talk about a hard day’s work! Man, if you ever need a workout, just stack lumber for a couple hours! Holy cow! I’m glad I have a ton of friends in the Chiropractic Biz!! :)
So after stacking lumber he pulls up this other wagon with a tarp over it and says “have at it…..”
He also had a little trailer with some wood in it. I think there is some walnut at the bottom of this stack!
He told me he’ll probably never use it all, and that I should feel free to use whatever I need! There used to be an old old garage on the property that he tore down. he saved a lot of the framing. Those are large oak beams you are seeing in those pics above.
Here are some close ups….They are over 2” thick!...
One of them seems to have a pretty cool grain pattern….
I’m not a huge fan of oak, but wow….this should keep me busy! Even though my neighbor isnt on lumberjocks, I want to thank him for his generosity. Without him giving me the ability to actually do some woodworking, and without the knowledge and inspiration I receive from Lumberjocks, I probably wouldnt have this amazing hobby in my life!!
-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!