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Cutting on the Deck

Okay, I'll admit it.  I had a few reservations about cutting logs from the deck.  Just knowing how heavy some of those logs were...well...what if the log ramp, the deck, or the foundation wouldn't hold them. 

It turns out I had little to worry about.  Kevin rolled the first log up and in place and once we had Oscar uncovered and lubed, we were ready to go.  As I pushed the sawmill down the track, I knew instantly that this was going to work and work well.

We played a lot this time out.  We cut 4/4 boards, we cut 6/4 boards and then we got into cutting veneers.  First 2/4, then 1/4 and just for kicks, we cut one 1/16.  That 1/16 was awesome.  We held it up to the light and could see right through it.  Pretty cool.

By the time the day was done, we had cut almost 500 board foot.  Not bad for a days work, plus now we had some thin stuff to play with.

After we sticker stacked the boards, we brought the veneer inside the house to dry.  Now, I'll admit, most women would never think of having a stack of wood drying on her living room floor.  Then again, I'm not most women.

Before the weekend was over, our good neighbor with the tractor brought down logs of his own for us to cut.  So now, we had our first 'real' customer (not that we were going to charge him after all the help he had been).  Our goal for his logs was to see if we could cut well enough to satisfy the customer's request of 3/4 boards. 

That would have to wait until the next weekend though.

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