Most folks don't have alternatives, that's true. But we discussed an option Dan has had on his mind for awhile. After all, we've had a lot of our old pine trees coming down lately.
|Remember this one from a post in February?|
|This one came down in March. Landed smack-dab on top of a t-post!|
|This one in the doe browse came down in April.|
Most of these old pines are already dead when they fall, but they get hung up in the other trees to where they can't fall to the ground and rot. Dan wondered, why couldn't we make our own lumber?
On a whim we took a look on Craigslist and found just what Dan was looking for.
|An almost new Central-Machinery sawmill from Harbor Freight Tools. The|
former owner installed a bigger horse power engine & included new blades.
The amazing things was that Dan happened to be home during the week, the seller happened to be home that day, it was priced to sell, and we had enough money in our barn savings to get it.
|The log is secured to the track and the saw is pushed along the track|
to cut it. The track is 9 feet long, although Dan would like extensions.
|Dan tested it out on some old logs we had lying around.|
|He experimented & practiced until he could make a pretty fair 4x4.|
So then. The first step toward the barn was to cut some of those fallen trees into manageable lengths and haul up some logs.
|An afternoon's work.|
You can see what Dan did with them here.