It’s Milling Time (Or, The Unexpected Surplus)

Yep. It’s that time. Break out the gloves and goggles because we’re cutting wood today. The redwood we stored went from this:

To this:

That’s just about three logs. That’s money. That’s at least $800.00’s worth here in California. Hmm. Redwood, oak, fir, madrone, walnut, maple. Where does a girl start? Goodbye Home Depot and Lowes, hello free garden boxes and fencing. Goodbye expensive furniture stores, hello country cabinets and dining table. Goodbye California Closets and Closet Maid, hello free shelving and dresser drawers!

The hubby not only has vision, but you have to see his ‘make-it-work’ style in action. The tractor became a lift as he used the post hole digger attachment to lift the logs onto the mill.

Brilliant.

The cutting goes fast…

…you just measure and get going on it. Right now, he’s squaring it off by taking a bit from three sides.

That makes boards that are ready to put together for garden boxes – the first project on the list.

I’m just starting to learn about ways to use all the leftover sawdust. To tell you the truth, it surprised me. Quite unexpected to have so much of it. There are many articles on making wood pellets and composting, but I don’t know if you can do either with redwood. At the very least, I know I can just stick it in the recycle bin. (We figured out a few things since then… see here and here!)

Beautiful. (teardrop) The hubby went through a lot to get to this point. He’s having one of those “I love you man”, “Miller time” moments where all is good in life. And he deserves it.