Friday, September 25, 2015

Workshop part 2

Today i am posting from our local library in Bombala, free limited internet. It is only open 3 days a week and i usually miss the times as they are all random, its crazy.
 That's small town life for ya.
Here is what we were up to last week when the sun was shining unlike the last few days where we have had snow, sleet, fog, wind, a little sun and buckets of rain.

Part 2 of the workshop

This is another branch from the tree in the front paddock.

First Andrew has to cut off all of the side branches before he can cut the log from the trunk of the tree.

The above cut is the limb Andrew and Joshua milled last time.

This little guy was hanging out on the other side of the tree and stayed there all afternoon, i think his mum must have left him behind.

The final end cut before chain sawing the log from the tree. 

There are no pictures of us moving the log as it was just the two of us this time.
Before cutting the log from the tree we put smaller limbs under it so we could roll it with the log dogs to where we wanted it.

Having is sit on the limbs makes it easier and you can cut more from the log.
We had people popping in and out most of the day so the mill wasn't set up till the afternoon.
Andrew milled the top so we had a flat surface, then we covered it for the night and went back up to the cabin.

We started early the next morning and here are the first bearers for the work shop. 

There was a bit of rot at one end but these can easily be trimmed up when we use them.

Next came the joists and as you can see the log is getting pretty small.

This is all that is left, the last joist came away before Andrew could finish the cut.
The mill was packed up and all the timber stacked and all before lunch.

We got 9 Bearers, and 9 Joists plus numerous off cuts.
It may not look like a lot but its enough to build our shed.
And as you can see from above the stack of framing Andrew and Joshua cut last time.

After lunch we put in 4 more stumps these are put in at 1500mm apart from centre to centre.
Closer than normal because it will be full of tools.
We will be adding another 4 stumps as we are going to have a veranda on it.
As you can see from the picture the stumps are getting shorter at the front, it is following the slop.
By the time we do the last 4 stumps the ramp to it will be pretty low.


  1. Wow, what a busy time you've had. I can't believe you are doing all these amazing things AND keeping a blog! Bravo to you.

    Thanks for sharing your post at the Sundays Down Under link up. Hope you can join us again next week.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz (in Brisbane!)

  2. I can only imagine how satisfying milling your own wood for your own home would be.
    Bombala! My mother-in-law was born in Bombala & all her family are form there & near by areas.
    In the past in desperation I also head into town to our library for a technology hit (internet).

  3. thanks for dropping in Natasha, and thanks for hosting the link up.
    so many people sharing their lives its great, just not enough time or internet to visit them all

  4. hey Kerrie, its a small world, its great milling our own wood it means we dont have to worry about how much we use and what for. As for town its is a 40 min drive on dirt roads so only go if we need to do more than one or two things, thats what we get for moving to the middle of the bush, where the birds wake you up and the kangaroos congregate around the cabin, oh the peace and quite