Tuesday, June 9, 2009

housing the Logosol planer

Great satisfaction is derived from producing your own lumber to build your projects. Dimensional lumber is such a valuable commodity when you have to buy it from the lumberyard, and to be able to plan your building without that constraint is very liberating. No more building just strong enough to do the job by using 24 inch centers or buying plywood because T&G decking is too costly. Building stronger becomes more a matter of extra time than extra money.

Setting the band-mill in a convenient location in the mill-yard and in a spot that would not impede the flow of materials took some thought, but I think we got it right. This bandsaw was built several decades ago by the same man who operates it today. It is reliable and efficient, able to cut any size of log we are likely to encounter, and is cheap to run. Its first real task in its new mill yard is cutting the material for a planer enclosure on the back of this pole building.

We reasoned that 14 feet would be sufficient width and at that, the run of the roof would allow us to raise the deck about 20 inches and still allow enough headroom to accommodate lifts of rough lumber for processing. With the planer in the center and doors at both ends, we should be able to handle normal lengths with the doors closed and longer lengths with them open.

We re-roofed the pole building at the same time with salvaged industrial strength metal that a neighbour procured for us at a reasonable price. We plan to put a sliding door in the open portion and remove the wall in the original building, extending the deck throughout for finished lumber storage and processing.

So we are well underway. The planer is now installed in the building although is is not permanent as its first real job is to process the new decking for the floor. It takes a bit to wrap ones head around being able to produce such a rare commodity, so much so, that it hadn't occured to the builder till I mentioned it, that we should probably use something other than rough planks.

Good for a laugh for both of us . . .

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