Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Sawmill day.


Wood is back from the mill.

11′ log 14″ diameter didn’t yield much, but I haven’t need for much. 7 very usable planks outta 9 total. The 2 oddballs will be cut down to something more usable, so no loss there either. What doesn’t get used makes killer kindling wood and winter is fast approaching. Net sum of zero loss on my end.

Cost $50. Might seem steep to some, but I managed to get more than enough for my project, and if I had had to order western cedar, the price would have gained a decimal place, to the tune of $500. ( more if I include the freight charges.)

Now, I need two pieces, 1″x3″x16′ in length and 3 – 1″x1″x16’and I have options on getting them. I can just run a scarf to join a pair end to end, or I can cut several, scarf them end to end and laminate them into one beam. Then cut the gunwales out of that. As soft as this wood is, the table saw should be able to handle that. I’ll likely make a test piece to try, before commiting to the whole deal. It certainly did not like that white oak. Either way, I have enough to make this boat, and at least one more.

Fun note: at the saw mill, the guys dropped jaws when I “manhandled” the log outta the truck to lay on the forks headed to the saw. One even came over to try it himself and dang near tossed the log off the forks in his attempt. They could not believe how light that log was. While not green, it is a touch damp, and will shed even more weight as that moisture goes. The tree we grabbed had been laying over for the last 3 years since the loggers came through, quite dead, but still very solid. Just a bit of rot at the stump end, and that was cut off before going to the mill.

Anyhows, Dio is about to start rolling forward on his yak attack: stay tuned.


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