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Old 01-08-2010, 11:00 PM   #466
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Hi Cocobolo. Glad to see you're back.

If (I should say, "when") you finish the house this year, what will you do to keep busy? Do you have a list of other projects to do?

I get a kick out of all the names you have for your wife (the Mrs., the wife, wife number two).

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Old 01-08-2010, 11:07 PM   #467
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Hi Barb: I daren't use her real name...she'd skin me alive!
As far as keeping busy, well, both of us are having health troubles. So, it looks like we will be selling up next year sometime and moving to Vancouver Island most likely.
Which means I will have a thousand other things to do when we move!
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:29 PM   #468
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All the work to get your dream house and then just when you finish you have to sell due to health. Sometimes things just don't seem fair! It would be nice to relaxe in the house you worked so hard on but I'm sure the build was quit the reward itself.

Best of health to you, Scott
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:18 AM   #469
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Well, Scott, what the plan is as far as we hope, is to finish up some time this summer, and then spend a year here hopefully without having to do too much work. A good rest might do us the world of good.
The good thing is that there is almost no heavy stuff to do now, so the rest should be a piece of cake.
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No sooner than I say the heavy work is done than I have to do a repair on my railway for the log lift and cut some more logs up for lumber. The first one up was a 20' hemlock weighing in at a cool 1,000 lbs. But it was a job that needed to be done, so all is OK again.

I have a friend here who also has a mill like mine, and he's gong to come over and help me for a few days to get everything cut that I will need. With a little luck it shouldn't amount to more than a couple of thousand board feet.

Still need all the framing lumber for the circular stairs which will go from the deck in front down to the hot tub. Some more cedar for some of the inside walls, and for some outside railings.

Wife number two has got the little bits for the double glazing all varnished up and she was busy installing them on the first door today. What a slow and laborious job that is.

In the mean time I have been able to sort out much of the huge piles of wood in the house and have found enough cedar to cover the wall between the solarium and the front entrance. Still have two other wall sections to find cedar for.

Not very exciting, I know, but it's the best I can offer tonight.
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....I have to do a repair on my railway for the log lift and cut some more logs up for lumber. The first one up was a 20' hemlock weighing in at a cool 1,000 lbs. But it was a job that needed to be done....
Maybe not exciting, but definitely interesting! I doubt that many of us here on the forum have done or seen anything like that.

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With a little luck it shouldn't amount to more than a couple of thousand board feet.
Just a couple thousand BF!! I just bought 200 BF of red oak, would love to have access to couple thousand BF.
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It seems I manage to keep disappointing myself. Just making up a cut list for the mill, and it looks more like 4,000 b.f. Could take awhile. One thing I need which will be somewhat special will be 3 boards about 4" by 18" by 18'.

We had a really high tide here yesterday morning and this morning, a combination of the new moon tides and a very low barometer. Fortunately, this floats all sorts of logs off the beaches and I picked up a massive dry fir log about 40' long. Pretty sure I can get my big boards out of that without much trouble. Except for the fact that they will weigh in at around 350 lbs. each.

I'm going to build another Japanese style bridge over the pond, and luckily it is only about 50 feet from the mill. Still and all, it's definitely going to be fun. The three big boards will make a single span bridge.

Wish me luck!
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...Pretty sure I can get my big boards out of that without much trouble. Except for the fact that they will weigh in at around 350 lbs. each.
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I know you float the logs at high tide into the log lift by the saw mill. But how are you planning to lug 350 lbs boards uphill to the install point?? (Just yesterday I was struggling with a 430 lbs object, so I'm particularly interested in this challenge...). Wheels on one end and pulling on the other? Or do you already have some type of rail or furnicular setup there? I guess you've hauled enough wood from the mill that you've devised a back-saving solution...
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All I can say is WOW! I look forward to following you on your journey.
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Heh thanks for the 'heads up', now I know what was going on when I saw all those logs floating out off of Coffin point! Was a great 'lesson', to understand how powerful the tides are...'over here' observed from my 'big front window'! Those big boards...can you take a pix when you cut them...and where are you going to use them? Great to see someone using the "bounty' provided by nature! Cheers
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Itsdanf, most likely I will have to devise something when the time comes. I think what I might do is to do the cutting of the big boards to shape right where we cut them on the mill, and then see if I can't cajole a couple or three of my friends over here to move them.
I just picked up one of those 5,500 lb. winches that the guys use on their ATV's. It runs off 12 Volts, so perhaps I could use that to move the boards, whatever I do I'll get some photos of and post. Plus I have a couple of those chain hoists which I use on the log lift. They would work as well, just need to lay some boards on the ground to slide the big ones over.
I suppose I should get the concrete footings in place first so we have somewhere to dump them.

Hi Scoggy:
Well. so far we've had three super high early morning tides, and I see my barometer is still way down around 970, so there will be another tomorrow morning as well. There's wood all over the place out there. I went across to Pirate's Cove this morning on the tide, but it was blowing like a banshee and too rough to grab much. I did manage a couple of cedars. I'm hoping tomorrow morning it's a bit calmer so I can bring more back over here. Getting to be a mini log boom out in the bay right now. What I really need is cedar, but most of the stuff is hemlock and fir.

The weather was so nice today - after all their doom and gloom predictions - that I spent the bulk of the day working on the mill. Cut up a couple of hemlocks for some floor joists and studs. Lots more to go.
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Itsdanf, most likely I will have to devise something when the time comes. I think what I might do is to do the cutting of the big boards to shape right where we cut them on the mill, and then see if I can't cajole a couple or three of my friends over here to move them.
I just picked up one of those 5,500 lb. winches that the guys use on their ATV's. It runs off 12 Volts, so perhaps I could use that to move the boards, whatever I do I'll get some photos of and post. Plus I have a couple of those chain hoists which I use on the log lift. They would work as well, just need to lay some boards on the ground to slide the big ones over.
I suppose I should get the concrete footings in place first so we have somewhere to dump them.
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Well, you never seem to lack vision. I'm looking forward to whatever you come up with. Thanks for sharing, and keep the photos coming! I'm particularly interested in seeing the mill in action...
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Hmmmm...I thought I had put some pix of the mill up before. I guess I will have to check, and if not, I'll get around to that soon. Maybe I will wait for the big fir log to go up, that should make for a good shot.
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Hmmmm...I thought I had put some pix of the mill up before. I guess I will have to check, and if not, I'll get around to that soon. Maybe I will wait for the big fir log to go up, that should make for a good shot.
You have shots of the mill (posts 18-20), but I'd like to see it actually being used! I can't exactly picture how the thing works. Of course, might be tough to be taking photos while you're cutting. Well anything you can manage. Not a normal sight for most of us.

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