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Last time we sliced up the longer section of this silver maple tree that was topped and left standing for 5 years. This time we'll continue on and slice up the shorter section. This one is from the base of the tree with a diameter close to 3'.
After being gone for a week and another week back with a bit of a slow start, I'm back at it.  Highlights this week are making progress on the sideboard by adding the vertical dividers and cutting the panels.  I also cut the white oak log that I showed in my last update.  
There's a few factors to consider when selecting a winch for urban logging. What size you need will greatly depend on the size of logs you're going after and potentially planning for even larger logs than you're expecting now. The short answer is to buy bigger than you need and not worry about it as much. The cost difference between the different capacities isn't very large. The only downside is as the capacity increases the winch gets heavier but if you're not moving it around and leaving it bolted to your trailer, this isn't really an issue.
Trucking along on the sideboard this week. I finished up the internals - the bottom frame and the drawer runners, kickers, and guides. I also picked up another log for the sawmill. I'll be away for a week: heading to Texas for a couple days to visit April and then over to Atlanta for IWF.

After having taken my sawmill apart to paint it, I wanted to make sure everything went back together correctly and is still calibrated. I saved this offcut from a log I cut about a year ago so I would be able to make a wide test cut to verify the saw still cuts consistently.
I spent a great few days outdoors cutting up some logs on my sawmill. I made it through the two silver maple logs that I've had for about 8 months. They had some amazing color and spalting and the bigger one also included some embedded metals which made things fun. Back in the shop, I added the horizontal dividers to the sideboard. The top divider is dovetailed into the legs and the lower one connects to the legs with a double mortise and tenon.
Paul Lemiski of Canadian Woodworks and Legacy Lumber is a custom furniture maker, saywer, and woodworking instructor. I had the opportunity to visit Paul while I was in Toronto recently. I previously visited him 2 years ago. Paul's shop and operation has grown substantially in that time.
Paul Lemiski of Canadian Woodworks and Legacy Lumber is a custom furniture maker, saywer, and woodworking instructor. I had the opportunity to visit Paul while I was in Toronto recently. I previously visited him 2 years ago. Paul's shop and operation has grown substantially in that time.
I'm back from a quick trip to Toronto and while I was there, I shot a couple videos with Paul. Back in the shop, I added the rails to the sideboard to start framing out the case and outside I moved a big silver maple log up onto the sawmill.
This time we'll install the motor that will drive the sawhead lift and complete the sprocket installation that will route the chain from one lifting column to the other.