I am continuing on with my White Pine Flooring project!
Today the Mennonites that saw my logs into lumber came over and converted Pine, Spruce, Fir and Hemlock into boards. Only the White Pine will be used for my floor, but it is always nice to have wood for other projects on-hand and I think I have enough to build a porch and place inside my chicken coop. All in all, today produced 2800 board feet of lumber, at a cost of $603.66. Not bad considering you you might spend $603 at Lowes or Home Depot and come out with a lot less. The beauty is, other then the white pine which was specifically cut for this flooring project, the other wood was just junk wood that we had left over from road building jobs, cleaning up the edges of our fields, and some trees that blew down. About 1000 bf of wood that would have gone to waste!
And nothing sawn today will go to waste. Since they come to the farm to do the sawing, the boards will be used for flooring and various other projects, while the slab wood will be cut up and split into kindling for next years coal fires (and the year after, and probably the year after that too), and even the sawdust will be used for bedding for the sheep.
So it was a very productive day and another part of this project completed...a very big part!