Meet the Wood Mizer

[caption id="attachment_277" align="alignnone" width="584"]IMG_20141010_095911 Some finished boards and a new log ready to go[/caption] A few weeks ago we went on a field trip to learn to mill wood with a friend in San Ramon. It was a beautiful day at the end of which we had two full truck loads of freshly milled Aromatic cedar, elm and redwood. While building houses by hand has been a really fun learning curve, taking the process back to its origin is even more exciting. In six months when the wood has finish curing, I will build a house knowing exactly what 42" log my boards came from. [caption id="attachment_273" align="alignnone" width="584"]IMG_20141010_124713 The 'Mizer in action[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_276" align="alignnone" width="584"]Our first challenge, cutting down a 42" log in preparation for milling. Our first challenge, cutting down a 42" log in preparation for milling.[/caption] Our day started at sunrise and involved a lot of large machinery. The wood mizer we were using had a 36" capacity which meant we had to trim the log with a chainsaw until it fit the tolerances of the machine. After that we made quick work of the log, cutting mostly 1"x 10" with a few really amazing wide pieces thrown in. I see some really beautiful community tables in the near future. [caption id="attachment_274" align="alignnone" width="584"]IMG_20141010_122722 As the hot blade cut through the wood, steam was released through the end.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_275" align="alignnone" width="584"]Half way through the log. Half way through the log.[/caption]

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