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"When I retired, I needed a project to satisfy my creative spirit and to keep me physically active,” said Mike. “All my life I wanted to build my own home, and as I always loved construction, and woodwork in particular, this was the perfect dream project." It took more than three years for Mike Collier to build his 2,800-square-foot dream home. "I cut 80% of the wood which equated to more than 25,000 board feet for this project," said Mike. Using his Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill, Mike estimated saving around $40,000 on lumber while using mostly local wood to build his water front, lodge-style home on Gambier Island near Vancouver. "Given that the island was only boat accessible, I have a great feeling of accomplishment that I was able to do this," said Mike. "The house could only be built because of my Wood-Mizer sawmill."
At age 65, Richard Cloutier's carpentry workshop is the project of his lifetime. Richard used his Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic to cut 100% of the white pine needed for the workshop. In just eight weeks, with help from family, Richard completed the 9.1m x 6m (30' x 20') workshop with 3.6m x 9.1m (12' x 30') side additions for a total of 85.5 square meter (920 square feet). Richard's LT40 Hydraulic gave him the ability to create two 3m x 3.6m x 6m (10' x 12' x 20') beams, which he used to finish the inside of the shop along with a tongue and groove of pine boards for wall finishing. Richard estimates he saved $20,000 by sawing the 5,000 board feet of white pine on his LT40 Hydraulic. In addition to his personal creativity, Richard says his inspiration came from magazines, including past winners of the Personal Best Contest in The Wood-Mizer Way. It is fitting that his lifetime project may also inspire other Wood-Mizer owners to start their own dream projects.
Wanting a cabin on her property, Joe Vardenega’s mother-in-law used a roll of string, stakes and measuring tape to lay out the building plans. “My mother-in-law asked me to draw up the plan as she explained and we [began] working on the cabin throughout the summer and on the weekend as we had time,” said Joe. Before the project could resume in the spring with the start of good weather, Joe’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer. “We worked all-hands-on-deck, but she passed away five short weeks after her diagnosis,” said Joe. In just one year’s time and only a few months after his mother-in-law’s passing, the project was finished. Joe used the word “bittersweet” to describe the feeling of seeing the finished cabin. Joe estimated that by using his Wood-Mizer LT35, he saved close to $10,000 and was able to cut more than 90% of the 4,000 board feet of ponderosa pine and juniper needed for the project. The end result was a picture perfect, 36.4 square meter (392 square foot), 4.3m x 6m (14’ x 20’) cabin, complete with a loft and covered porch. “Unfortunately [my mother-in-law] did not get to see the finished product,” said Joe. The family currently enjoys spending time in the cabin and will continue to honor it in her memory for years to come.
After semi-retiring from fine furniture making, Gregg Turk decided to try out a new job: being Santa. However, when children saw Gregg’s Santa persona, they would ask, "Santa, where is your sleigh?" With help from his LT40, Gregg sawed 100% of the yellow and tulip poplar needed for Santa's sleigh. Gregg worked on building the sleigh eight to ten hours a day and spent his evening designing the parts he would build next. Gregg considers his sleigh the culmination of more than 35 years of woodworking and the best project he has ever undertaken. His Wood-Mizer sawmill allowed him to work with high grade material that he never could have purchased at a lumber yard and gave him the flexibility he need in sizing his material. As Gregg says, "The combination of being a woodworker, a Santa, and owning a Wood-Mizer sawmill allows you to be able to build anything you can imagine!"
Wanting to build something special for his family, Nicholas Spooner was hired to construct a barn for his brother Chris and wife Aimee after they bought a new home in Piermont, New Hampshire. "Chris wanted to incorporate lumber from all three of the properties he owned to build this project," said Nicholas. "The white pine sideing and ash pegs were harvested from his property in Piermont where the barn was to be built. The one long, red pine post our late grandfather planted, completed the requirement for property number two." The third piece was from Chris and Nicholas Spooner's grandmother's estate, a perfect cherry tree for spline joints in the building. Using his Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic sawmill, Nicholas sawed approximately 33,000 board feet of lumber for the new barn. After a few years of construction, the 368-square-meter (3,960-square-foot) structure was completed. Nicholas estimated he saved $18,000 on the project and 99% of the wood needed for the barn was sawed on his Wood-Mizer sawmill. On August 25, 2012, a plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Spooner's Grandfather's birth was mounted to the red pine he had planted and the building was dedicated to him. "Thanks to all who helped make my dreams a reality," said Nicholas. "I couldn't have done it without all of your support and family spirit."
David Weyler is in the process of starting his own winery in Kentucky, and after three months of work and an LT28 sawmill, he was able to add to that goal with a wine bar pavilion constructed from cedar timber frame. He says, “People are coming from all over…They love it!” The rock fireplace has a built-in firewood stacking area and a grill, and also doubles as a retaining wall. Large flagstones give the floor an extra special look, and the bar is built from 80 board feet of hickory. David estimates he saved $20,000 by sawing the 1,000 board feet of lumber needed for the pavilion. "The Wood-Mizer purchase was hands down the best investment we made in our farm. It has returned the original investment over six times in six years and this is without doing any commercial sawing. We have rebuilt several barns, two houses, a garage, fences, and recently the wine pavilion. It has enabled us to improve the value of our assets as well as create a profitable business off our land without doing traditional farming.”
With his Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic, Justin Metcalf’s design-as-you-go grist mill became a reality. "This has been a dream since I was a boy,” said Justin. “Grist mills have always been a great interest to me, as I am a 4th generation miller.” The grist mill was created with 8,500 board feet of hemlock to make up the framing, floors, siding, trim, beams, and grinding mill parts. Additionally, 600 feet of cypress was used to construct the water wheel, 400 board feet of yellow locust adding to the beams, exterior stairs, door locks and latches, and 500 board feet of chestnut oak for the water wheel carriage. Justin sawed 95% of the 10,000 board feet of lumber needed for the project on his Wood-Mizer sawmill. “This would not have been possible, it would not exist, if not for my sawmill,” said Justin. “My sawmill made it possible to fulfill a dream!”
"My main reason for buying a Wood-Mizer was to build a hunting cabin. However, I became side-tracked and built a playhouse, barn, chicken coops, picnic tables, benches, tomato stakes and more," said Warren Candee. Once Warren was able to use his lumber for residential structure building, he decided it was time to build that hunting cabin he always wanted. With his LT40 Hydraulic, two years and 22,000 board feet later, Warren completed his cabin. "I am amazed! The project turned out so much better than I expected. With the Wood-Mizer on site, the jobs involved were easier than I had expected, and overall, more efficient," he said.
Wanting to remodel his 100-year-old kitchen, Chris Becker used his Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic to saw 800 board feet of lumber and estimated he saved $10,000 by sawing his own lumber. The type of wood that Chris used for the flooring in the kitchen included black walnut, English walnut, cherry, hard maple, soft maple, hickory, spalted copper beech, and white oak. The upper cabinet boxes and shelves are made out of poplar. The faces of the cabinets and the drawers were quarter sawn copper beech. The framing lumber for the breakfast bar was spruce. Rough cut pine, spruce and hemlock were used in the framing and siding to modify a window and two doorways. The breakfast bar top was made from a live edge slab of catsura. After eight months of remodeling, Chris reflected on the project, “An absolute JOY! Everything came together perfectly!” Chris not only used his LT40 Hydraulic to mill the lumber, but also to straighten the edges of the boards. He utilized his mill to flatten out the live edge slab he used for his breakfast bar before running it through a drum sander. Chris said, “Being able to trim a few boards at a time saved a lot of time and decreased the waste.”
"I enjoy making maple syrup but it can be difficult when trying to do it entirely outside,” said Robert Gondar. “I had always wanted a comfortable and warm sugarhouse and with a little prodding from my grandchildren, the dream turned into a reality.” With his Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill, Robert sawed 100% of the 3,734 board feet needed for the 512-square-foot sugarhouse. Robert estimated saving $2,240 by sawing all the tamarac, spruce, fir, and eastern white cedar for the project. “It was a true sense of accomplishment that wouldn't have been affordable without having my own wood lot and a Wood-Mizer,” he said. “I was finally able to boil my sap from an outdoor barrel evaporator to a nice and comfortable building. Many friends and neighbors joined me during the sap season to make it an enjoyable and tasty winter."
Looking for a place to live in Alaska while working for the Kingdom Air Corps Aviation Ministry, Harry Lippert built his own cabin with help from his Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic. With it, he sawed more than 5,500 board feet of white spruce for the 18’ x 28’ cabin in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska. Harry spent two summers building his two-story 756-square-foot cabin with a 180-square-foot deck overlooking the Talkeetna Mountain Range. Harry estimates he was able to save approximately $5,000 by sawing 95% of the lumber needed for his cabin on his LT40 Hydraulic. “I am very satisfied with the way the cabin turned out, and with the way it looks,” said Harry. When asked which feature of the LT40 Hydraulic helped the most with this project, Harry answered, “Just having the ability to cut lumber on site was a big help.”
Inspired by a steam engine design in his grandfather’s mechanic’s book from 1900, Bob Harbrige decided to build a fully-functioning, wooden air engine. Using his Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill, Bob sawed 30 board feet of hickory, white oak and black cherry for the .99m x .5m x .48m (39” x 20” x 19”) machine. “The engine has been used to run a small generator powering LED lights,” said Bob. “It has a three inch bore and a six inch stroke and works on approximately four psi of air pressure created by a vacuum.” The intricate work that went into the four month project makes plenty of use out of quarter sawn materials from Bob’s Wood-Mizer sawmill.
"We began our adventures in dairy farming four years ago with one jersey cow and her calf so that our granddaughter could have fresh milk. As the number of grandchildren increased, so did our dairy herd," said Ralph Klein. "To accommodate our growing need for barn space, I began to work on a dairy barn. Two years later it was finally completed." Using his LT15 sawmill, Ralph milled 650 board feet for the 11.6m x 8.5m (38' x 28'), 135 square meter (1,456 square feet) dairy barn and estimates saving around $4,000 by milling 92% of the lumber needed for the project. Ralph praised the "durability and dependability" of his LT15 and said, "I am so thankful to have finished this project, hope I have time to build something else."
“I always wanted a nice bed for my daughter,” said Hank Carroll. “I thought castles and a fairy tale theme would be perfect.” Using his Wood-Mizer LT40 sawmill, Hank sawed 100% of the 100 board feet of reclaimed heart pine for the 1.5m x 2m (60” x 80”) Rapunzel Castle Bed. Hank said his mill was most helpful in, “Being able to custom cut a beam with heave figure to bring out the best grain pattern in the wood.” To create the one-of-a-kind bed, Hank used a variety of construction methods such as traditional joinery, mortise and tenon, and hand carving with jigs and fixtures for some of the round corner posts. Hank estimates he saved close to 50% of the cost of materials by milling his own lumber for the project. “The bed is one of my favorite furniture pieces,” said Hank. “It was very satisfying to find a reclaimed figured heart pine beam and cut it to maximize the figure’s impact in the finished piece.”
Thoughts of an expanding family had the walls closing in on Ross and Joslin Bennett of New Hampshire. Realizing their current space wasn’t large enough for any new additions to their family, the Bennetts started outlining a plan for building themselves a new, more family friendly home. The plans called for a 120-square-meter (1,350-square-foot), two-story home built on a 700-square-foot unfinished basement. During the build, approximately 20,000 board feet of eastern white pine was cut with their Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill. “Even though this was one of Wood-Mizer’s smaller models, it was amazing what just the two of us were able to accomplish,” said Ross. Sawing over 75% of the wood used in the build, the couple estimated their savings from using their Wood-Mizer at approximately $25,000. Two years after the start of the project, and just one week before Joslin’s due date, the house was finally completed. When asked about the completion of their home, the couple responded, “The feeling of bringing our new daughter into the home we built for her was breathtaking.”
Gary Allison used his Wood-Mizer LT40 sawmill to find an excellent use of space on his property as well as ause for logs that would’ve otherwise gone to waste. As Gary’s family expanded, his house was becoming a little too small for entertaining and hosting family gatherings. Wife his wife’s encouragement, they decided to create an outdoor space for the whole family to spent time together. The resulting project is a roomy 4.3m x 6.4m (14’ x 21’) gazebo. All 1,750 board feet of the lumber Gary needed came from deodar cedar logs he salvaged from an urban forest. These logs were destined for the landfill, but Gary was able to use his Wood-Mizer LT40 to transform them into beautiful lumber for the posts, rafters, headers, railing, ballisters, and roof decking. Because of the sawmill’s accuracy of cut and minimal waste, he was able to maximize the amount of wood he yielded from the logs and estimated he saved $3,500 by using his Wood-Mizer sawmill. “I was relieved to have it done,” said Gary. “I’m happy it came together as I envisioned it.”
With the help of his two sons and his Wood-Mizer LT70 mill, Craig Forman converted his current porch into a larger, 4.8m x 7.3m (16' x 24') more usable space. The rafters were extended for the roof using oak boards to sandwich the original beam, eliminating the need for a post in the middle of the new porch. Red cedar was used for the beautiful new railings around the porch and cedar was also used for the uprights. The rafters, beams and floor joists were all made from southern yellow pine, and slabs of cedar and beech were cut to make the new benches. Approximately 1,400 board feet was cut with the Wood-Mizer during the week-long project. Craig said he could not put a price on how much he saved by using his Wood-Mizer mill, but “without my Wood-Mizer, I could not get the cedar lumber. Everything except 5/4 deck boards were cut on the mill.” With the addition of his great grandmother’s rocking chair and his grandparents' leather bottom straight back chairs, the new porch has finally become the comfortable family outdoor space that he had imagined. “It’s a nice feeling to be able to provide something beautiful and functional for my family,” Craig said.
During the course of three and a half years, Richard and Sharon Maki used their Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill to expand a 55-square-meter (600-square-foot) cabin into a beautiful 195-square-meter (2,100-square-foot) family home."We needed a place to live, as our daughter, husband and two boys moved to Montana and were living with us. We decided everyone needed more space," said Richard. With the exception of the stairway support fir, all of the wood used for the cabin was taken from standing, dead trees on the Maki's property. "This project was quite an undertaking, but [our LT15] performed extremely well." After seeing their finished cabin, Richard and Sharon said, "It was a great feeling of accomplishment. We are happy to have a unique and rustic home to live in."
When several tornadoes came through Alabama, it left a trail of downed trees. Not wanting to see this resource go to waste, Robin Graham purchased a Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill and began milling the logs into usable lumber. Two years after milling the wood to dry, Robin started construction on a boathouse using about 3,600 board feet of white oaks, cedar and cherry. In eight months, Robin had built a boathouse measuring 9.7m x 9.1m (32’ x 30’) with an 5.5m x 6m (18’ x 20’) upper deck and 43m (140’) of walkways and stairs leading to the water. Robin estimated he saved about $20,000 by using his LT15. “Being able to design the boathouse, then cut, mill, and prepare the wood has provided a great sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment,” said Robin.
When traveling abroad, Bob Brothen was inspired to bring something back. “On a visit to my grandfather’s home in Norway I saw buildings constructed by my great grandfather in the 1880’s. The ability to saw lumber to build in that style inspired us to plan a building that would emulate his work.” With the use of his Wood-Mizer LT10, and some help from his brother and son, Bob created his 924 square foot barn over the course of one fall and two summers. Bob was sure to stay true to his inspired design. “We used a type of timber frame construction, board and batten siding, extended floor joists, dormers, and wide board flooring similar to what my great grandfather might have done. The trim and color is old Norway inspired. I felt that we produced something that will last not only because of the solid wood construction but because its unique character will be worth preserving,” said Bob. “In a world where so much is manufactured and mass produced, a unique building using unique materials always seems to generate interest.” For this project, Bob, his son, and his brother, were able to cut 6,000 board feet of pine and poplar in a little over 60 hours, spread over five weekends. “When we purchased the LT10 sawmill, we planned to saw only specialty lumber for small projects. We soon learned that our Wood-Mizer has the capability to go well beyond our initial expectations.”