I mentioned in a recent post about the logs that the Electric Company cut down in order to prevent them from blowing down on top of electrical lines in a storm. We are planning to use those logs for board and batten siding on our house.
Most of the work we have had to hire out has been done by neighbors or their family members who are in the business. We have been very blessed in that they have all done excellent work, and are good and trustworthy people on top of that.
It turns out that the people who built our barn/outbuilding have a portable saw mill, and we hired the man’s son to mill our logs into boards. I had never seen a portable saw mill before, so it was kind of exciting. (It doesn’t take much to entertain me out here in the sticks.)
First, he cut the big logs into smaller, board-sized pieces with a chain saw. There is a cradle on the other side of the machine and he somehow got the log onto the cradle, and after that, all of the lifting and positioning of the log was done by the machine.
First, he cut off the bark of the log which left the log in a square piece. All of the sawdust came pouring out and left a nice big pile of sawdust. I intend to collect all of the sawdust and use it on the poop board in the hen house to make it easier to scrape the chicken poop off in the mornings.
The saw mill has a computer in it, so the desired board thickness and width can be programmed in. We ended up with a nice pile of boards, but unfortunately, it will not be enough to side the whole house. It is all red oak, and we will have to buy more wood in order to have enough to completely side the house.
Another fringe benefit is all of the bark pieces and small pieces left when the board was cut to width, that we can use for firewood, or other projects.
Bud has found many uses for bits and pieces of wood left over from other projects. He is very resourceful that way. One such project was the little roost that he made for the chicks. The wood came from leftover pieces from the building of the barn/outbuilding/hen house/shop/carport (we still haven’t decided what to call it yet.)
Bud also had the idea to use some of the leftover bark pieces to make rustic signs. Imagine this piece of wood with a hand painted sign that says, “Fresh Eggs for Sale” or “Bud and Kara’s Place.”
So there you have it! Now you know what a portable saw mill looks like and how it works. This was ‘big doin’s’ here in the holler. 🙂