Mikros Kosmos #9: The sawmill is up and running....

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-14-2010 05:09 AM 1435 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a very pleasant surprise today! I do not know if the person who sent it wants to be ID’d or not – but thank you. :) These pieces were all planed to 1/8” and had a destiny waiting for them…

Halfway there. Can you guess? In addition to the wood I received today (I did not cut it all!!) I also used a few pieces of 1/8” exotic I had, which was waiting for just this project.

Thought you’d get a kick out of this. I’m sure you all are wondering what my “scrap wood” looks like – considering that I am using mostly scrap wood to start with. This is it. I could even use them, except they’re uneven widths. I am not so dedicated that I am going to re-saw them to get 1/16” planks. ;)

I then cut the long planks to length. 4”. That was a lot of sawing.

My band saw, I am happy to report, is perfectly adjusted right now. All of my planks came out square, smooth and beautiful.

I did a dry fit. Look, floor! :) I need to cut MORE WOOD… I did not cut enough! Damn.

Looks pretty nice eh? I am pleased. I even cut out the wood for the stair-posts, so that it sits snugly in the floor. That was a pain. However I planned this in advance, and some of the planks on the floor are pine. Like the ones around the stair-post. ;) Cuts great with a knife.

Need to cut some pieces to fit in the edges, so the bathroom looks a little ridiculous at the moment.

Also the area in this room is mostly made up of pieces smaller than a full plank of wood. All I had this evening were 4” long pieces and then some 1.5” long pieces (cut-offs) so wherever a whole one did not fit, I skipped. And then ran out. Re-creating my width jig is going to be FUN. O.O;

It looks great in person though! The exotic wood here and there really adds a lot. Since I was just doing a dry fit tonight I paid no attention at all to the placement of the wood, the colours, etc. I will be doing a bit of attention to that in the glue-up. Areas that you won’t see (under the bathtub, for example) do not need exotic wood. I really, really like mixing it up.

also I noticed that the areas under the doors… there’s not QUITE enough room for the door to open. We’re talking just around 1/64” too much wood to fit. I think, after everything is glued and dry and settled, I’m just going to lightly sand the floor in a swoopy pattern around the doors. Easier than trying to mess with the doors.

What makes this batch of wood I received so special is that it was all the same thickness precisely – which made my life way easier in this regard. Any “bumpiness” you see in the pictures is due to there being some stray sawdust or wood chips, the wood is level. It’s beautiful. It’s going to be amazing. I’ve decided to shellac it – that will soak into the pores and make things flat. It will also be easy to apply some “wear and tear” to the floor after shellac is applied. I’m going to use my watercolours. Do some thin layers of brown and dirt in the corners and whatnot and buff it out and then a little shellac on top. It’s going to be fun distressing it in place, oh boy! But it’s going to look amazing.

I am going to be receiving a few more parcels of wood from fellow Lumberjocks and it makes me so happy, you have no idea. You guys give me so much support, it really makes me look forward to pushing limits and doing more. Using wood from all over and that’s been involved in other, bigger projects just fills me with inspiration and joy. I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s so, so true.

As a sidenote – I am going to be doing trim around the floors, too, which would make the line between the floor and the walls a lot less distracting than it is now. Have not yet decided what kind of trim though. It may be simple flat boards, but maybe not. The ceilings are going to be very fancy.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 05:49 AM

now that looks great !

and hooray to your benefactor ,
way to go !

this coming along very nicely ,
you have allot to be proud of here .

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 06:04 AM

We are enjoying the progress you are making !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 06:48 AM

Yup, looks good :-) Titebond?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 10:37 AM

This is coming along wonderfully and it was really nice of someone to send you those materials, and so precisely dimensioned too. Very kind and very thoughtful. I think we can all understand your joy at getting everything to work so well. We have all been there, some more than me perhaps, so I’m glad you are having a good time with this project and adding your own touches.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 01:25 PM

Looking good!

Your having way…Too much fun with this!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 02:00 PM

All those wee tongue and groove joints! LOL!

This is a great project and the floors look much better than the paper floor you had before.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 07-14-2010 02:04 PM

Great great job.

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#8 posted 07-14-2010 02:21 PM

Lis, this is so cool. It looks great and it is a joy reliving your enthusiasm. It is contagious.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 07-14-2010 02:27 PM

What an incredible chapter in your story for me to wake up to! I found myself smiling all through reading your post, Lis! The floors are just wonderful. The colors are amazing. It is a beautiful example of what can be accomplished.

What wonderful friends to help you out, too. I am not surprised, however. It seems to be the nature of the people here to be so caring and giving of themselves. Everyone here is so wonderful!

I bet you had a hard time even sleeping thinking of all of this! I know I would. Thanks for a great story. It is so fun to see it come to life so beautifully.

Have a great day! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 07-14-2010 04:17 PM

Thanks, all!

I really could not have done this if the pieces weren’t dimensioned beforehand. that made such a difference. My bandsaw skillz are pretty good so far but I have yet to dimension them on all sides with the BS. (I tried!!)

today I am itching to work on this SO BAD… :) But I have “real work” to do, alas… off to the salt mines! (Or computer code, as it were.)

I am now waiting (as patiently as I can muster) for the next box to arrive from my postman.. oh man.. it’s like Christmas.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#11 posted 07-14-2010 06:11 PM

congrat´s with such a gift, had me smile all over to see that
and it look great on the floors

yuo are going to rock the house with that
can´t wait patenly but I wil look for the next installment
thank´s for sharing Lis


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#12 posted 07-15-2010 03:47 AM

Looking great Lis! Your house is going to be fantastic!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#13 posted 07-23-2010 09:01 AM


Just found your blog tonight. Glad you like the wood and are able to make some use of it.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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