25. January 2013 00:22
Cabin Building 4/13/11
Haven't put up pics for a couple of weeks because I can't remember to bring my camera. Got all but one of the trusses done last weekend, only have one more to make in the jig. Have them up on the top plates ready for 1x skip sheeting before putting on the metal roof.
Started moving slabs of the ice and stacking them for next years fire wood. Spring is on the way, maybe 2 or 3 weekends left before traveling by snowmachine will not be possible. Great days for building now with daylight hours from 7 am to 11 pm.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 17!
10. January 2013 20:01
Worked on putting siding on this weekend.
House wrap installed and siding story board marks made on wall.
South wall left side done.
Right courses done up to top of window.
South wall finished with siding.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 16!
3. January 2013 19:37
Cabin Building Day 14
Got a couple more logs cut down ready for making siding and put the double top plates in place. Squared up the walls and braced them, ready to install house wrap and siding next weekend.
24" Big Daddy Spruce, hope that 20" chain from Baileys comes in for this one, been on order for 2 months now, should be in this week.
Top Plates installed
View from above
20. December 2012 18:50
Cabin Building Day 12
It finally warmed up in interior Alaska
Got the second long wall done with the window openings. One more wall to go.
End view, planning on getting the last wall with door and window done on Sunday.
Loaded up the big spruce to cut some 2x4's
Big spruce with log lifts bottomed out, just able to take a small slice with the 20" bar, to big for the 16" bar.
Had to use a standard stihl chain and standard 20" bar, ordered a 20" bar and low pro rip chain from Bailey's but it has not come in yet.
For those who are wondering how the mill cuts with standard cross cut chain, it really slow and makes some big chips (lots of them)! Rip chain is way faster!
Really did not have a choice, was able to take off 4 slabs and get the log down to a 14" square cant to cut with the 16" low pro rip chain and bar.
14" cant is the max for my 16" bar, cut two 4x14" cants from center then rip the both at the same time into 2x4's, nice getting 2 stud boards with each pass.
Was able to yield 15 true 2x4's and one 1x14" from the large spruce.
13. December 2012 23:40
Cabin Building Day 11
After not being able to go out for two weeks (temps in the -40's F) on the weekend, finally got out this weekend. Two plus feet of fresh snow so I spend most of my time digging things out and getting stuck pulling logs to the mill. Was able to get the rest of the wall beams cut and some of the walls studs for the last two walls. Planning on getting the walls finished up next weekend if its not -40!
Logging in 4' of snow, mad felling skills on the right tree, should have been a field goal kicker J
1st tree loaded up ready to head to the mill, got stuck 12 times on the way (1/4 mile), with a 24" superwide track!!!! If its not -40 its 4' of powder. Warn winch got its workout today.
Snow around floor deck, lumber for last two walls.
Mill after digging it out of the snow.
29. November 2012 18:18
Cabin Building Day 9
Had a local inspector looking at the project this morning when I arrived, I think he was happy with the progress so far. Suggested I upgrade to a m7 J
Back to building
Had too much taper on this one and had to cut it down so the 16" bar would cut it. Cutting another corner post.
Side wall done.
End wall done after dark.
End wall pic 2
Planning on getting the other walls done next weekend if the weather holds out.
Be sure to check back next Thursday for Part 10!
29. June 2012 00:12
Our friends at Husqvarna are offering rebates in the form of Visa gift cards with the purchase of popular chainsaws and blowers from June 8, 2012 until July 4, 2012. For a list of eligible units, click here. The rebate includes the popular Rancher line of chainsaws and handheld blowers.
19. November 2011 01:03
For years professional loggers have used this handy little filing assistant for sharpening their chains on the bar in the woods. However, not all part-time woodcutters and weekend warriors are aware of just how much help this little tool can provide when sharpening your saw chain outside of your shop or garage. Nik Bailey explains the proper use and advantages of the indispensible stump vise. After the scrench, the stump vise is probably a woodcutter's next best friend! We offer stump vises in just about every flavor (Husqvarna, Oregon, Stihl, WoodlandPRO and Carlton). Click here to take a look. But first, click PLAY...
20. September 2011 17:27
FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED SPECIAL OFFER!
Our Paul Bunyan "Shootout" demo units will be available for sale in Cambridge, Ohio!
LUCAS PORTABLE SWING BLADE SAWMILLS - We will be bringing a 6" Lucas Mill Model 618 and a 10" Lucas Mill Model 1030 to the show. You can save in two ways. First, if you pick it up at the show you'll save on shipping and second, we're offering the 18 horse power 6" demo unit for only $11,499 ($1,000 savings off the current SALE price) and the 30 horse power 10" demo unit for only $16,999 ($2,000 savings off the current SALE price)! Just pay for the mill ahead of time and pick it up after the show on Sunday! Our operators will even give you a free quick lesson if you show up a little early. These machines only have a few hours of use - just enough time to break it in for you. There's only one each available at these prices, so if you're interested, give our Lucas Mill specialist, Doug Coughlin, a call today at 1-800-322-4539 extension 228.
As an added bonus, if you purchase one of these units you can brag to all of your friends that Stihl Timbersports World Champion, David Bolstad "broke" your mill in for you!
8. July 2011 01:19
Last week a customer asked us via our facebook page what our thoughts were on the Oregon Powersharp. Bluntly put, he asked "So does it really work?" Well, I talked to Nik Bailey about this because he spent quite a bit of time testing the system at the Bailey tree farm in Northern California. Nik gave me a bunch of great information that I then dutifully posted to facebook. After I was done, I thought, "Gee, it sure would be a whole heck of a lot easier if I just sat Nik down and made a quick video with him on the topic." So, here you go. I took this on my Android phone, so the audio quality is just "okay," but if you're considering giving the Oregon Powersharp a try, Nik has some good information for you. Just click PLAY!
You can also check out Oregon's own Powersharp video and my previous blog post on the topic, here.