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Old 11-04-2008, 07:17 PM   #61
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- Cooking
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- Slowly starting up with the banjo
- Chasing kids

That's about all I seem to have time for. I used to be quite an avid fisherman, but just do not have time these days. Also been spending a lot oftime at the gym, but its not what I would call a hobby. Sadly, the canoe has been sitting in the yard for some time.
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:30 PM   #62
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- wrenching on my old car ...when my bad back allows
- I also love to read

Looking at Brewers post above reminds me ....I've always wanted to try wine making. Some of the best I've ever had was home made by an old Czech guy here in town.
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:48 PM   #63
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Cummon, what old car? the rest of us have to know?
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:13 PM   #64
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Guitars, playing them, acquiring them, creating satisfying music with them, especially in a band situation with like minded musicians, and all the intricate subtleties of the genre, from fine acoustics to brutal electrics to vintage tube amps, to a plethora of stomp boxes and gadgetry. DW is somewhat famous on boards more closely associated with Guitars and such where she is known as the IGBW (Incredible Guitar Buying Wife). The party line is that I don't actually own any of the stuff, I just play with it. Works for me. Playing a musical instrument (44 years now) is such an enriching experience. I highly recommend it, at any age.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:19 PM   #65
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Jonny, you must be related to my husband. Ahhhh, musicians.............
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You people are awesome! Financially responsible and have fun hobbies! Talented group too.
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Old 11-05-2008, 08:23 AM   #68
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Old 11-05-2008, 08:31 AM   #69
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74 vette. It sat in a barn for 15 years before I rescued it and towed it home in 99. Turned out to be way more of a project that I thought.
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Most of the outdoor activities allow my dog (black lab) to enjoy them as well. He even kayaks/canoes with me. I have always wanted to learn to brew beer so that is on my list.
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I'm in the process of residing my house 1" x 6" x 12' square planks. From your experience in homemade sawmills, is it possible to cut to these plank dimensions and be significantly cheaper than the woodstores, if I supplied the wood?
We have some local small personal sawmill people around our area, and I've been thinking about cutting one of my cedar trees (it is leaning badly) and have some siding made out of it.

Do you think this would be a reasonable way to go?
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I'm in the process of residing my house 1" x 6" x 12' square planks. From your experience in homemade sawmills, is it possible to cut to these plank dimensions and be significantly cheaper than the woodstores, if I supplied the wood?
We have some local small personal sawmill people around our area, and I've been thinking about cutting one of my cedar trees (it is leaning badly) and have some siding made out of it.

Do you think this would be a reasonable way to go?
Rates that a sawyer will charge you will vary a lot but if you have a reasonable amount of wood, it will definitely be cheaper than buying- not sure how much handling after the planks are cut is involved with siding- if you need to have a groove milled for overlap, a lot of small sawyers won't be equipped to do that. It would cost extra and you will probably need to let the wood dry (could take 6 months to a year, depending on where you're located) before using it.

The good news is that a 1X6 is a pretty simple cut and there are folks that have portable mills that could come to you to mill the wood. Some expect you to do the heavy lifting to get the log on or near the mill, and obviously, the more they do, the more they charge.

I use logs from the neighborhood (mostly oak and a cherry once in a while) and mill them for woodworking, seem to have accumulated more logs than I could ever use preparing for retirement so I'm selling some of the wood off for about 50 cents a board foot as I mill it, helps to cover my other woodworking costs.

Good luck with siding but think the first step is to contact a sawyer to see what they would charge in your area and what your role would be? Also not sure how much siding you can get from one tree but thinking you'll need a bunch to do a house?
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:10 AM   #80
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I would imagine that most manufactured siding is kiln dried. Anyway, check out this site: Lumber Measure Conversion - Metric - U.S. (from and to)
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