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Chainsaw Milling Lumber

Why & How to Seal End Grain of Log with ANCHORSEAL

Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal

Why & How to Seal End Grain of Logs with ANCHORSEAL – Life in the Log Yard

One of the most important parts of milling quality lumber from salvaged logs is proper drying. The first step of a good drying process is to seal the end grain of the logs. It is best to seal the logs as soon at the tree is cut down. If unable to seal right away the next best practice is to put a fresh cut on the logs before sealing. By sealing the ends of the logs you slow the drying process down. Most of the drying process happens when water leaves the log from the ends. The water leaves at a faster rate from the log ends then the middle of the log and that difference is what cause the wood to crack or check. The best product to use to seal logs is call Anchorseal. Anchorseal is an end grain sealer specifically made for sealing the ends of logs and lumber. It is a premium wax emulsion end sealer made for the prevention of end checks and drying splits. However you mill your wood it is best to seal the end grain of the logs.

Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – By sealing the ends of logs you prevent the wood from cracking as ot dries. That cracking is also known as checking.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – The Log Yard at the Workshop at The Gardens is always receiving new logs that have been salvaged.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – As salvaged logs make it to the log yard they are sorted and lined up to begin the process of turning logs into lumber.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – The recent arrival of some White Oak logs and a monster Ash log.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – The best time to seal a log is as soon as the tree is cut down. When the end of the logs are exposed the drying begins.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – It is easy to see the small checking that begins soon after the tree was cut down. The best practice is to put a fresh cut on the logs before sealing.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – A seal white oak log. Anchorseal dries clear so you are still able to see the wood grain prior to milling.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – Depending on the temperature the Anchorseal will take some time to dry. It is a waxed base product so you will be able to feel if the log has been sealed.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – Once logs have been sealed they do not have to be milled right away, but it is best to keep them of the ground.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – Anchorseal can be applied with any paintbrush. Depending on how many and the size of the logs the best way to apply Anchorseal is with a roller. The smaller micro rollers work great for applying Anchorseal.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – Anchorseal is water soluble and the roller and tray clean up easily for reuse.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – Using the paint roller makes quick work of larger logs.
Why & How To Seal End Grain of Logs with Anhcorseal – It is also good practice to seal the ends of “Slab Cookies” to help minimize the checking during drying.
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Creative Landscape Design Ideas Pergolas & Arbours

Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today

Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Make a grand entry to your home with a cedar pergola.

Cedar pergolas and arbors are a wonderful addition to any landscape project. The offer many functional uses. From creating a sense of entry to privacy screening and of course some offer shade from the sun are the key features of pergolas. But there is also an intrinsic beauty that they offer. Some will harken to a more romantic time in landscape design. We love them for the wonderful spaces they create in gardens and landscape. Pergolas can be constructed of many materials. But nothing matches the natural beauty more than cedar. The ease of cedar to work with and its longevity from decaying make it a great choice for pergola projects. Find out more about the great properties of cedar at Real Cedar. Find a pergola detail you like in a picture? Make sure to add the photos to your favorite Pinterest board!

Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Create a sense of entry and a wonderful space to greet friends and family.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – A handsome Craftsman inspired pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – So many wonderful details and that remarkable cedar color.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Gorgeous simple lines in the details.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Nothing beats a beautiful space to gather with friends like a front yard patio with a cedar pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Create a little privacy around your patio with some cedar screnes on your pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Yes please! A dream outdor living space!
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The pergect addition to a cedar pergola… some cedar chairs!
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Craftsman inspired pergola… amazing!
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The naturals… stone and cedar!
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The front yard space done to perfection.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today The perfect greeting space!
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The front yard patio highlighted with a gorgeous cedar pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Wonderful in all season and all times of the day.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The pergola as gate and privacy screen.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The many beautiful colors of cedar.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – So many wonderful details and the ease of cedar to work with… stunning.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The cedar gate on the cedar pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – How to make a perfect garden, just add a cedar pergola and fence.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Create that perfect space on your patio with a cedar pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – That modern contemporary fell with all the warmth of cedar.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The perfect entertaining space created with a modern cedar pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Framing the view with a cdear pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – In all seasons the cedar pergola makes it beautiful.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – The hot tub in the garden covered and screned with a beautiful cedar pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – a perfect space on the back patio with a cedar pergola.
Cedar Pergola Design Ideas ~ Outdoor Living Today – Twin cedar pergolas.
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Growing The Gardens Timber Frame Projects

Building the Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees

Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – The completed post & beam project.

It’s not always the case that everything lines up for a special project. I had an idea to build a covered pavilion for my wedding venue, The Gardens of Castle Rock, and a few logs to do it. Mentioned this to a friend who had just purchased a track of land that would be combined with another field. The spruce trees were part of a shelter belt on an abandoned farmstead on this land. The site was being cleared to bring the full acreage into production. The trees were mine for the taking, what was left would end up on a burn pile. Felling the trees was fun and easy. The wind was blowing from the gravel road towards the open field. The hundred foot plus spruce trees seemed like slow motion as the came down. The Stihl 066 is a very powerful chainsaw and was an asset to the harvest. I had a rough idea how many timbers needed, and I cut a few extra. Wish I would have taken them all, but this being my first hewing project and large-scale post and beam build I didn’t. The skid loader handled the logs with ease. I just had to get used find in the center of the log and moving such long material. Several trips were made to transport the logs back to the yard. The project had begun…

Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – Watch the YouTube video of harvesting the trees for the Garden Pavilion.
Building the Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – The trees were located on an abandoned farm and were being cleared for row crops.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – The large spruce trees were part of a wind break for a farm and were estimated to be around eighty years old.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – With a proper hinge cut in the trunk it only took a gentle push to get the tree to fall.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – It always seems like slow motion when a hundred foot tall tree goes over.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – The New Holland skid loader with a homemade grapple had no problem handling the massive trees.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – All piled up and ready to be transported.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – It took multiple loads to transport all of the logs back you the yard.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – For sure, the trailer was not overweight…
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – It took multiple loads to transport all of the logs back you the yard.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – It took multiple loads to transport all of the logs back you the yard.
Building the Post & Beam Garden Pavilion ~ Harvesting the Trees – The completed post & beam project.
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Timber Frame Projects

Building the Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses

Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The sawhorses at their new home at the Workshop at The Gardens

Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The North House Folk School is in Grand Marais, Minnesota and has hundreds of classes each teaching Northern craft. Timber framing is one of the original coursed taught at the folk school. Ben Finely from DuckHill Workshop joined me for nine days in a timber framing class at North House in which we created a 10’x16’ frame for a pavilion.  During our class we made a video a day about our experience and the are all in a playlist located here—> Build Your Own Timber Frame. We finished our frame a day early and wanted to learn more about timber framing, so we set out to construct a set of sawhorses. The sawhorses were made from green white pine harvested in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Thank you for checking out this post! Enjoy!!

Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Watch the video to see the sawhorses form the very beginning to completion.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – North House Folk School is located on the shores of Lake Superior in Grand Marias, Minnesota.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The sawhorse design, sketching out the dimensions and layout.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Laying out the timbers and marking the cuts.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Breaking down the timbers…. yeah, that’s a big saw!
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Ben giving the vintage mortising machine a go in doing the sawhorses.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Chisel work cleaning out the mortise.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The corner chisel works great, but not an easy one to sharpen.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Knocking away the cut offs from the tenons of the legs.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Cleaning up the tenons… nothing beats a sharp chisel and green white pine.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Cleaning up the tenons… nothing beats a sharp chisel and green white pine.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Putting the angle cut on the feet of the sawhorses.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Cleaning up the feet of the sawhorses and making them look pretty.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Drilling the peg hole in the feet.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Assembling the components of the sawhorses.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Drilling the holes for the pegs.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Assembling the second sawhorses, learning as we go.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The strap pulls it all together nice and tight befor we drill the peg holes in the tenons.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Oak pegs are installed while still under tension from the strap.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – All of the esposed end cuts were sealed with Anchorseal.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The completed sawhorse set next to our pavilion frame in the Red Building… ready to head home.
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Chainsaw Milling Lumber

Chainsaw Milling First Slabs of the Year

Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill

Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill : The process of making your own lumber is exciting. Cutting into a log for the first time to reveal the beauty inside. To see the grain and the colors inside. The anticipation of what you will make with the wood someday in the future when it’s dried and ready to work with… it’s a lot of work to get the lumber ready after it is cut. But let’s back it up a little too before we even get to cutting that first slab. The is a lot of prep work to get done. And since I’m not a full time sawyer and primarily cut in the winter, that adds a few steps. My chainsaw milling setup for the first slab included the 36” Granbeg International Alaskan Mill, a 36” Cannon Superbar from Cannon Bar Works and the MS661 Chainsaw by Stihl. Watch the embedded video and you’ll follow through the first slab of my 2020 milling season! Thanks for checking it out! Enjoy!! ~ Glenn

Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – The beauty that lies within is ever so true when one chainsaw mills logs into lumber.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – A lot happens to get ready on the first day… watch the video to see my first day of slabbing!
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – The beautiful grain and color revealed… beautiful ash log.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – Once the cutting starts you can make quite a few cuts and get a fair amount of lumber produced.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – The Alaskan Mill with the Cannon Superbar are a great team for clean consistant cuts.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – The process of making your own lumber is so rewarding.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – Much time is spent admiring the slabs once they are cut.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – The beauty of the wood revealed.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – So many beautiful grain lines in this slab of ash.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – Amazing how braches effect the grain lines… so pretty.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – Succes indeed on the first day of slabbing for the season!
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – Love how the sawdust piles up during the millings.
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill
Chainsaw Milling Season 2020 – First Slabs of the Year with the Alaskan Mill – Yes! There is excitment when you’re chainsaw milling!!
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In the Shop Tips, Tricks, Hacks & How To's

EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack

In the Shop Tips, Tricks, Hacks and How To’s

You can never have enough sawhorses around the shop. Having a pair of all steel folding sawhorse is perfect for projects that need extra support. The EBCO steel folding sawhorse are easy to store and bring out when you have a larger project underway. Use this easy little sawhorse hack to mack the EBCO StorAway sawhorse more effective for your woodworking projects. Check out the complete line of EBCO products online.

EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – EBCO sawhorses can be found at most large box retailers and come in their convenient already folded up posistion.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – Having an extra pair of sawhorses in the workshop makes larger projects eaiser to handle.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens -Simple packaging that’s recyclable and easy to recognize.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – Yes, they need to put that on there… and also use caution when opening and closing so you don’t pinch your fingers.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – Any piece of wood can be used to attach ont he top of the sawhorse… I like to us 2X6 rough cedar.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – Use 1 3/4″ construction screws to attach the wood.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – There are four pre-drilled holes, two on each end, to use for attaching the wood to the sawhorse.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens -Quarter inch carriage bolts along with flat and lock washers are used to secure the wood to the sawhorse.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – Countersink the carriage bolt in the wood to make it less likely to hit when using a power saw on the sawhorse.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – Use the carraige bolt in the center of the sawhorse.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – Having multiple sawhorses of the same size is helpful when working on bigger projects.
EBCO Folding Sawhorse Hack ~ Workshop at The Gardens – The use of temporary sawhorses is great when the project is completed, they can be folded up and stored out of way.