Friday, July 16, 2010

Totally Floored

Today I was totally floored.

Not only did builder Gary find someone who wants our excess dirt,

(insert Halleluja Chorus)

but Drew also sent me pictures as he began to cut our logs into flooring.

Here are our logs. Remember the Wicked Witch green sealer on the ends?  The orange machine in the upper left is Drew's portable saw mill.
Here's another view with the logs in the background, the saw mill, boards for flooring and then scrap.
That's all just from the first log!
In addition to all the flooring, the first log also yielded a bit of hardware.  Drew assumed it was a screw eye for a hammock, but I told him that it could have been a tie up for the horses 40 years or so ago.  Anyone want to venture a guess whether it was horses or a hammock?
Drew also sent examples of rift sawing (above) and quarter sawing (below).
See the swirls (or figure as wood snobs call it) in the quarter sawn boards?
We will have a mix of rift sawn and quarter sawn to make maximum use of the logs.
By the end of the day, Drew had  made all these flooring blanks.
I tell you, he just can't help himself.  Here he goes again with the math.  First on the trees themselves and now on the boards.
I guess that means that the stack represents 527 sq feet of flooring.

So, with flooring piling up and dump trucks lined up, it's time to dig a basement!

Many thanks and a big photo credit to Drew Leviton for today's pictures.

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