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Posted: 3/13/2011 4:56:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 6:37:39 PM EST by weptek911]
An old friend of mine from the USCG put out a facebook call for free labor in return for free donuts and beer. How could I resist ?

A neighbor that works for the local power company hooked him up with 30 LARGE utility poles made of 50 to 70 year old , old growth cedar. My buddy is building an up North cabin and is going to use the cedar for the exterior and and interieror tongue and groove pine paneling.

Here is the evil Genius in charge


Sorry for the crappy pic, they get better.


He found a guy on Craigslist that rented himself and a portable saw mill for $40 an hour.


The bulk of them were turned into 1X12 or 2 X12 boards 12 feet long. Pictured is a nice 12 by 12 beam as it is being sawed down into planks.


Lunch was a big bowl of Northern Michigan Venison Chili (with beans of course). It was good. His 16 year old daughter shot the deer.


Here are three of the 2X12 Rough cut cedar boards with a beer can for scale.



This is a picture of about one third of the wood cut over a two day period. Not to mention 20 yard waste bags full of sawdust and a huge supply of well seasoned cedar firewood.


Thanks for looking

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:04:20 PM EST
Cool, bet it smelled real nice too. Cedar is getting about impossible to get.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:06:47 PM EST
Two words...

Metal Detector

Get one.

Life will get VERY interesting if your saw finds it for you.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:07:14 PM EST
Pretty cool. I have not looked into Cedar's structural properties but I'm sure it's no worse than Pine.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:08:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By clutchsmoke:
Cool, bet it smelled real nice too. Cedar is getting about impossible to get.


He told me before this he paid about $600 bucks for some little bit of rough cut cedar for his trimming his hunting cabin.

It did smell nice.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:09:52 PM EST
That big bowl of chili looks a bit small
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:09:59 PM EST
Beer. Lumber. Tools. Projects requiring skill.

I'm goddamn jealous!
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:10:17 PM EST
Does it have creosote on it?
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:10:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By tightlockF:
Two words...

Metal Detector

Get one.

Life will get VERY interesting if your saw finds it for you.


It just dulled the blades. He had to buy the operator a blade or two. We found everything but 5 small nails and a 12 guage shotgun slug.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:11:00 PM EST
Sounds like your buddy got a hell of a deal..
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:11:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By KanTex:
Beer. Lumber. Tools. Projects requiring skill.

I'm goddamn jealous!


I was just dumb labor. The saw operator ran the machine. The guy was incredible. Ran the saw for 12 hours with one lunch and one dinner break. No beer for him.

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:31:13 PM EST
No chemical preservatives?
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:34:23 PM EST
Looks like a fun project
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:36:16 PM EST
That looks like an awesome project!
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:36:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By clutchsmoke:
Cool, bet it smelled real nice too. Cedar is getting about impossible to get.

You should come to the Upper Peninsula. Plenty of cedar around these parts. My neighbor just clear cut 80 acres of cedar swamp for $75.00* a cord.





* Im pretty sure this is what hes getting paid for it but not 100%
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:37:48 PM EST
Looks like a good day.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:48:07 PM EST
When you said "up north" Michigan and I saw a TimberKing 1600 I almost thought your buddy was my dad.

My dad is building a place up near Standish and last year he purchased a TimberKing 1600. He drove down to the factory, took a class on it, and towed it to the property. He is using the trees he cleared off the land to make all the interior trim for the house.

Looks like a good time. I suspect I will be doing the same once this weather gets a little warmer.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:00:13 PM EST
Damn. That is a hell of a manly day.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:33:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By Not_so_Clever:
No chemical preservatives?


Not in the old growth cedar. The new poles I see them putting up have the tell-tale green tint of preservatives.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:39:28 PM EST

you should have ripped those boards into planking for canoes.

could have made a killing.


Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:46:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 6:48:27 PM EST by weptek911]
Originally Posted By RI0T:

you should have ripped those boards into planking for canoes.

could have made a killing.




We are going to do it again. what size do you cut for canoe planking?

edit! never mind, I googled it.

http://www.wooden-canoes.com/material.htm

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:48:55 PM EST
What you did... Is beautiful.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:23:09 PM EST
Now that is a hell of a good day.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:26:44 PM EST
Hoe did the neighbors like that project
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:32:02 PM EST
That's like winning the lotto!


We would love to see pics of the cabin if possible.


Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:35:37 PM EST
I had a bunch of those logs, made nice kindling! Full of 22lr lol!
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:37:36 PM EST
/so tagged
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:42:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 7:43:13 PM EST by grasshoppercowboy]
Double tap
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:46:28 PM EST
Are those utility poles pressure treated with formaldehyde?
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:50:11 PM EST
Sounds like a blast. I bet it smells good
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:56:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By PaintItBlack:
Are those utility poles pressure treated with formaldehyde?



No, Chemical free.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:08:34 PM EST
30 years is not "old growth".
300 years is old growth.

Pretty cool.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:13:34 PM EST
Sweet! nice find.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:17:49 PM EST
A couple more pictures

Hard to believe this was inside of a 60 year old telephone pole.


Another side shot of my buddy Eric and the saw mill. This was taken earlier in the day and you can still see the mountain of poles. He got them for FREE delivered by the power company.


Here is a rear view shot of the operator. The man was like a precision machine himself. I didn't want to bug him for a photo.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:20:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By KA3B:
30 years is not "old growth".
300 years is old growth.

Pretty cool.


We had 30 poles. They had served as power poles for 50 to 70 years. I had a tag from one that said it had been installed in 1952 That's pretty old to me.

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:21:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By KA3B:
30 years is not "old growth".
300 years is old growth.

Pretty cool.


I'm thinking they have been poles for that long.not that that was the age of the tree

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:45:59 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:47:18 PM EST
damn dude, that is a hell of a deal
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:49:36 PM EST
Damn all that saw dust could be a lifetime supply of flux for lead.....
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 9:03:54 PM EST
The the first 6-10" of almost all cedar poles are treated with some sort of preservative. Take a picture of the tag and post it, it should either confirm or deny the existence of preservative.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 9:33:41 PM EST
Coolest post I've seen in awhile. Thanks for posting the pics.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 9:43:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 9:44:01 PM EST by nutsandbolts]
Was this guy running the mill ?
Cant wait to see the finished product.....
Tim The Tool Man Taylor !!!

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 10:07:11 PM EST
putting it into numeric terms, could anyone estimate the value of the sawn cedar? or even just one pole?

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 10:14:22 PM EST
awesome. Looking forward to cabin pix.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 10:34:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By torstin:
putting it into numeric terms, could anyone estimate the value of the sawn cedar? or even just one pole?



Eric thought he'd end up with about $6000 dollars worth. It was going to cost him about $1000 to pay the saw man. personally I think it will be worth more than that. We were too busy to sit down and calculate board feet etc.

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 10:35:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By nutsandbolts:
Was this guy running the mill ?
Cant wait to see the finished product.....
Tim The Tool Man Taylor !!!

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y174/nutsnbolts/tim_allen_mug.jpg


No, The saw was powered by a little V-Twin , Tim the tool man would have put in a V-8 Engine.

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 10:36:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By RichR:
awesome. Looking forward to cabin pix.


That might be a while.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 10:54:29 PM EST
Tag for later
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 5:13:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By bailagent100:
Coolest post I've seen in awhile. Thanks for posting the pics.


Thanks!

The trees were reported to be around 200 years old before cut.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 5:34:22 AM EST
That's pretty awesome!
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 5:36:25 AM EST
$40/hr for one man's labor and the saw mill? That sounds like a hell of a deal.
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