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Old 01-22-2010, 11:21 PM   #496
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Back to the business of cutting wood. Here I am at the beginning of a cut.
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...and ending that cut...
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:23 PM   #498
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...and here I am ending the second cut...I will make a piece of 1 by from this piece.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:24 PM   #499
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When all four sides are done, we get what is called the cant.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:25 PM   #500
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This one yielded 5 2 by 8's.
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Next log up measures 14 1/2". I will cut 2 by 10's for the beams under the woodshed from this one.
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And here is the 10" square cant from that log.
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The above log yielded the 6 2 by 10's I needed for the two beams, plus assorted 1 bys which need to be trimmed.

Here is a shot of the drive assembly. The old girl has the original 13 h.p. Honda engine, which still runs remarkably well.

There is a clutch drive which powers the big wheel on the right via a drive belt. Tension for this is done by moving the engine itself. Unbolt the four mounting bolts, wind up the tensioning bolt and re-tighten the mounting bolts.

It's a real SOB to get at, but fortunately it doesn't need to be done too often.
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Here's the front with the guards off showing the whole business end of things. The blades are 144" long, by 1 1/4" wide with a 7/8" pitch. The blades travel at 120 miles per hour. It's not a good idea to stand right in front of this thing when it's at full speed!
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Awesome Thread happening here. Thanks for providing your time and effort to keep us informed of the progress.
I've taken the time over the last several days to read each and every post. Wonderful stuff. You are indeed a true magician in what you are doing with the salvage.

As you might notice, we share parts of our addresses. But I am on the high side of the province... Haven't been your way in 3 or 4 years.

Glad the Mrs' knee is better, and your health as well seems to be coming along fine, I hope. Sorry about your Mom.

Can't say enough about the fabulous job you are running under difficult logistical circumstances. Keep up the good work and keep posting pictures.


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Wow, great photos and great process! What a facinating situation, to be able to trot down the path, pull a log out of the water, and mill it into any stock size you happen to need. (...albeit with quite a bit of effort).

Thanks for the extra effort to document the process and tools!! (And thanks to wife #2 for helping out)!

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Thank you for your kind comments..It is extremely rewarding to know that someone is enjoying reading this stuff.

At the end of the day yesterday we had a couple of friends pop over for a quick visit. They are from Victoria, and usually don't come up until at least March. I was just starting to cut up a broken boomstick when they arrived. Of course, I got the usual comments about them coming to see what all the noise was about, and the boom out in the bay.

Naturally, I feigned complete ignorance of any boom whatsoever, claiming it must be a figment of their imagination, or maybe just a few bits of driftwood.

I suppose this is what they were on about, not really sure...
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This morning the barometer finally started to rise, and we had to spend the day going over to town to pick up some furniture from my mum's estate. But before we left, I had to pull up the two pieces of the broken boomstick I cut yesterday. The two pieces are 19' and 16 1/2' respectively. And this was after I cut about 4' of damaged wood off.
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There is still evidence of a crack in the closest log, which is just under two feet thick. I can't imagine how much effort must have been required to snap that log in half, must be pretty staggering.

But I have yet another big stick out in the bay, which I think might be even bigger than this one. It looks to have been in the water for quite some time, so you never know what surprises await inside the log. It looks almost like it has a burl on it around the 40' mark. Perhaps I will find out when I cut it.

That won't be until at least Monday, as the MRS is going over to Vancouver tomorrow to visit our grandson (and mum and dad of course) - who, we are informed - will be joined by a baby brother this July.
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And while it may be nice to think that we can go out and find a log whenever we like, I'm afraid tain't so. The past 5 days have been truly exceptional due to the extreme high tides we experienced. It's one of those deals where you have to make hay while the sun shines, if you will.

Plus we are getting next years firewood supply all in one go.

Here's the first piece of the broken boomstick in the lift.
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