Thursday, September 08, 2011

"solid wood"

I spent a good bunch of time cutting up the parts of that oak tree that fell in the driveway a while back, and then when we got the truck back, we dragged it down to the mill, and I wrestled it up there... and then spent a bunch of time slicing off the sides to get it mostly square so I could cut out big chunks for a desk I was going to make...

and one more slice in to it revealed a huge rotten hollow spot. oh well. fancy shaped firewood.

Then, in this super dry hot weather we're in right now, I've started to hear (!) cracks coming from the front and back doors! After hearing a particularly loud one, I discovered a crack going from the top of the door to the porthole window:

and it goes all the way through! It's not a huge deal, as I can putty it up,

as I did all over the back door. Here it is before I sand and repaint:

What's amazing about these cracks is that these boards came from ends of logs that were cut down maybe 4 or 5 years ago - before the timber frame got put together, obviously, as they are the end cuts from that project. I'm glad I built those doors with strong cross braces.

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Starting anti-fire prep

Well, we never really stop.  But, took a picture of today's raking below the yurt.  Every year I work to get a bit wider swath cleared....