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  •  Hooks in the ceiling to hang toys, then presents (17+ / 0-)

    I'm installing hooks for toys - canoes, kayaks, bikes, paddles, sailboat masts, etc.  As I get older, I seem to have more toys.  A good deal here, and a free boat there, and pretty soon I have a lot of stuff.  Only recently have I recognized that over a dozen small boats might be a sign I have gone a little overboard.  Come spring, Craigslist will see a bunch of this stuff.  

    A local marina was getting rid of a dock system, and what they had left were 6 4x20 floats - heavy duty.  Free!  Each appears to weigh well over 1000 pounds.  Anyway, I gave 4 of them to the local snowmobile club to make into small bridges and two will come here.  If my friend with the flat bed trailer is available today, we'll use his excavator to load my two and bring them over.  I have not figured out how to move the one I want to use on the river the 150' it must go through the woods to the water's edge.  The other will form the deck for a little sawmill.  The previous deck was a couple of old hemlock beams that have rotted enough to no longer produce straight boards.

    Small sawmills are a wonderful thing to have inasmuch as relatively little effort, and a couple of months of seasoning in the basement, will transform some pretty crappy logs into essentially free lumber - oak, maple, cherry, ash, and of course, pine.  I have a start on posts and beams for a friend's barn in the spring from storm damaged logs that are free because they can't go to any of the local commercial mills.  I also have a couple of hundred board feet ready for projects now.  That is the basis for a couple of bedside tables and a kids table/desk slated for Christmas presents.  I've got most of the pieces cut out already and the scraps are off to another friend's kindling pile.  I'm thinking about some stools too.  

    With a little bit of cooperation, we rural folk can live surprisingly rich lives.  In the context of current Washington negotiations, all of this is wealth building and not a single stick is going to be taxed.  Does that make me as bad as Mitt?

    •  No, but it makes you the envy of a lot of us! (9+ / 0-)

      I used to mill boards for projects like chopping blocks, cutting boards, small furniture; still have a great piece of cherry @ 3"x12"x15ft sitting in the barn, but no more oak lumber, etc. - gave it all away.

      I always thought having a small sawmill, planer, etc., setup would be the bomb for projects, but we just don't have the room here so I gave up my bigger tools too - nothing here like my old shop. Still have a couple of lathes, wood and metal, but never set them up when we moved in - too bad, loved to turn too.

      Yeah, I like what you wrote, and I have a bit of envy. Mittens wouldn't have a clue, though.

      Well said!
      John

      "...greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors." FDR

      by CodeTalker on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:21:38 PM PST

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