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Old 02-09-2010, 07:02 PM   #571
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Was out fishing off of tent Island for those illusive ..."winter Springs"..and came home through the most wood debris choked passage ever to Chemainius..which means you must have 'received' a ton of free wood to your mill! Was tempted to "catch and drag" some of those logs to you...but then..."reason"..stepped in! Love what you are doing..almost with a new .."push"!
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:55 PM   #572
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The nicest is when I pull some Red Cedar up. Been doing mostly hemlock the last little while, and some fir.
The hemlock has no smell really, the fir smells OK, but the Red Cedar is by far the nicest. That's the one everyone likes.

So Scoggy, tell us, did you manage to get the big spring? I notice that three or four days ago we had a big dragger going back and forth in front of our place. I know he doesn't get into the holes where the springs like to hang out but still and all they get lots of fish.

I see we have a huge number of seals hanging around for some time now, so there must be loads of food for them out there.

If the rain quits I will have a go at the walls on the woodshed today. If not, I'm inside making a runoff table for the tablesaw. I sure do miss that 27' long bench I had the saw embedded in. It was just so easy to rip stuff quickly.
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Once again I can rip inside the house. Got the runoff table made, and the bench raised to meet the tablesaw height in front.

Here's a 2 1/4 by 10 red cedar, 12' long ready to go.
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It got turned into many pieces of 1/4" by 2" strips for various areas of the curved walls.
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Every once in awhile I really misjudge a log.

What I thought was a big old fir turned out to be anything but. Early yesterday morning, I had this big (24") fir log in the chute. I wasn't sure if I could even get it to the log deck, so I decided to give myself 15 minutes to do that.

It wasn't as heavy as it should have been - that should have been my first clue - and when I lifted it up, there was some steel in the bottom of the log.

Normally, that would be my hint to throw it back in the ocean, but for whatever reason I didn't.

OK, up on the log deck I looked at the steel in the log and started to try and remove it. I made a single pass with the mill on one side and took the first slab off. OK, didn't hit any steel.

Here's some of the offending steel bits.
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These seem to be mostly 1/2" steel pins of varying lengths. A couple were threaded rods which refused to pull out.

After turning and cutting the slabs off, I ended up with a big cant. Tried to figure out where the remaining steel was, and just misjudged this one. After putting a brand new blade on the saw, I just clipped the end of this steel rod and hurt one side of the teeth.

That little shiny thing is the very tip of the steel.
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I was able to use a cold chisel to drive that one partly out of the log, and then bend it over a big steel bar and force it out.

I wasn't quite as lucky with the next one...I caught it worse than the first one and finished the teeth on the blade off on one side. When this happens - thankfully not very often - the blade will not cut straight. It either dives or rises immediately. At that point you stop the mill and chainsaw off whatever part of the board is cut. Then back the mill up and change blades...again!

This is the one that did the blade right in.
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You may have noticed that this doesn't look a whole lot like fir, and you'd be right.

Before I started to cut the log, I chainsawed off one end which was all chewed up and cedar started to fly! Right away I am thinking that this will provide decking around the future hot tub.

This little piece of wood here is the bit that was cut off after changing to yet a third blade on this log. That's how much the previous one, damaged by the steel, rose up after it was hit.
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That wood was 1/2" thick in the middle. Not good.

And here, except for three big pieces which I had to chainsaw right out of the log, is the steel collection which I did manage to remove.

All told, this log took a full day to destroy. But I do have some cedar boards nearly 18" wide. I think there will be enough for a small deck.
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Yes, that is sunshine on that log above. One of the very few nice days we have had in some time.

But it has been unseasonably warm here. As proof I offer up a few shots taken in the garden today.

First one is what we call the humming bird bush. When it comes out the humming birds arrive within days. It is a month early this year, so I hope the little hummers don't get here just yet. We could still have a cold snap.
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Rhodos, again rather early...even for the west coast.
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Crocuses, not unusual for them to be up, and Japanese irises in the Japanese garden.
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One of the coral bark maples...now you see where the name comes from.
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There is a lone geranium in bloom in the green house. There is no supplementary heat in there and normally at this time of year these things are about half past dead. But for some reason, this one decided to put on an early show.
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A couple of heather plants in one of the rockeries.
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