Sunday, January 6, 2013

Homeschooling 101: A Day at the Sawmill

While children were getting on the bus to return to school and adults were heading back to the office on Wednesday, Sheldon and I headed up to Stow, MA to mill a log my friend had been eyeing on his property. Fortunately, he also has a woodmizer, a metal detector and a willingness to spin a single log a few dozen times to quartersaw wood by my definition, which isn't quite as stringent as Sheldon's.

Here is a picture that is representative of the quality of milling for every single piece that made it into the back of the truck.

And for the record, the entire log made it into the back of the truck. 10.5' long, 32" at the widest end and 26" at the other.

The wood is standing on end for the next few days while I pick out a color for the latex paint. Then the wait begins.


  1. Hi Matt,
    Looks like nice beech. You may want to be careful about the legality of transporting non-kiln dried wood across state lines. Some laws exist to slow the spread of non-native invasive insects.


  2. Matt,

    You're not already decided on pink latex paint?


  3. Do you actually homeschool your kids, as the title implies?

    I'm jealous of Sheldon: I would love to be a part of milling lumber like this.

    If it is beech, will this be made into moulding planes?

  4. MWH,

    My wife and I homeschool our children, yes.

    This is a beech log and it will eventually be used for moulding planes if all goes according to plan.

  5. Picking a color of paint for end sealer is a topic that no one ever discusses. It is a big decision since you will be living with this wood for several years as it dries. I sense your next article for Popular Woodworking!

  6. I am with Chris on this - Pink latex for sure.

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  8. Too bad all that pith will have to go to waste. Never seems to dry right.

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