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Old 03-08-2010, 10:09 PM   #661
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Just before sunset I was sitting down for short rest and noticed this reflection of the sun off the ocean on the ceiling. Couldn't resist.
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I am so loving all of this wood work. Would you like to come to Alabama (we have lots of warm weather) & help us finish ours we started about 3 yrs. ago and probably have 30 more to go before finishing.
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I told my dad about this project. He couldn't believe that someone has their own sawmill! I need to get him on here to look at the pics. Amazing stuff.
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I am so loving all of this wood work. Would you like to come to Alabama (we have lots of warm weather) & help us finish ours we started about 3 yrs. ago and probably have 30 more to go before finishing.
Warm weather wouldn't hurt my feelings one little bit right about now! We have several days forecast in the minus range at night.

About the 30 years part...don't think I will live quite that long!

You'll have to start a thread here if you haven't already and show us what you're up to.
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I told my dad about this project. He couldn't believe that someone has their own sawmill! I need to get him on here to look at the pics. Amazing stuff.
These little sawmills are getting cheaper all the time. You do need to make sure that you get one that will cut the trees in your area, whatever they may be.

And the other thing you need is room. Boy, after awhile you find yourself with all sorts of slabs and whatnot kicking around. Thank goodness the new woodshed is done and I can get all this stuff chainsawed up and stored away.
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Warm weather wouldn't hurt my feelings one little bit right about now! We have several days forecast in the minus range at night.

About the 30 years part...don't think I will live quite that long!

You'll have to start a thread here if you haven't already and show us what you're up to.

HaHaHa, We have the basement closed in, with the floor joist & sub floor down for the next floor (it's gonna have a basement & 2 more floors when finished), we have covered that with a temp roof for now. We are trying to build as we can & not have to borrow from the bank. When I get a chance I will start a thread with pics but they are gonna be really boring compared to yours.
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What about steaming them or set them in the rain for a day or so? Would that help to keep them from breaking? dorf dude...
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Hi shu:

Some of the boards I have discovered have hairline cracks in them. It appears as if this particular log from which these boards were cut must have landed pretty hard when it hit the ground.

As for steaming, that takes lots of energy which we don't have. And the breaks in the non-hairline boards are at spike knots. It is just that the bend is quite severe. I just need clear wood, that's all.
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I got up with the birds this morning and set to work on the pond. Apparently we are in for wind and rain again, and I need the liner in PDQ.

First I finished cleaning out most of the brambles and weeds. Raked everything up and took it out of the pond.

Next was a fairly thick layer of sawdust, no shortage of that around here.

It looks like a patchwork quilt.
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Next was a layer of carpet and underlay. One of the gals at the local re-cycling place had this at her house and gave me the whole lot.
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Next was the liner. This thing is 20' by 40' and it is heavy! What makes it worse is that it is so slippery. Difficult to get in place by yourself.
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Here I have done a quick trim around some of the outside of the liner. It will get done properly once the water level has been established. I'm hoping it will be nearly 2 feet deep when filled. Hopefully I can get some water lillies in later this spring.

I just turned the hose on before this pic, so there isn't much water in there yet. It should be close to full in about a day.
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Ness, now is the time to be taking photos. Take a few every time you complete something. That way you can look back in later years and see what you managed to accomplish.

It might seem boring to you, but maybe not to someone who wants to try the same thing.

Kudos for doing this mortgage free. That's what we did here, although we did have the cash to buy the property and get the initial materials. The amount you save by not paying interest forever is huge.
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This afternoon the missus was going to start loading the woodshed. Keyword here "was". Any old excuse to get out of work will do.

She claimed she couldn't get to the entrance because of a big pile of wood and the walkway wasn't finished. Humff, likely story.

OK, maybe she good reason to say this. So here is her newly done floor and it's cleared away in front.

That big pile inside? She never said anything about the inside. That's her job.
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Just kidding...she started filling up the woodshed today! Hooray!

I did a little forensic work on the broken wood. It appears that the cracks must have been there for some time. Where the breaks are the wood clearly looks as if it has actually been completely broken for some time. Rather than destroy the rest of it, I'll use it on short flat sections.
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