Category 5: Interior Projects

  Sawyer: Hank Carroll
Location: Bluffton, SC
Equipment: LT40

Project Dimensions: 18'x20', 14' ceilings 
90% of lumber cut on the mill: 3,600+ BF
Estimated Savings:
$5,000+ on lumber
Wood Species Used: 
Antique southern heart pine

GRAND CHAMPION - A Gunroom for the Outdoorsman

From the detailed hunting mural carved into the fireplace mantel to the floor-to-ceiling wall boards, almost all the wood used to create this 400 square foot gunroom was cut on a LT40 sawmill.

Hank Carroll was approached by a friend to create this beautiful gunroom project, using all antique southern heart pine…one of the most popular and attractive hardwoods used in interior projects. Hank says, “The owner would stop in and comment on the wood and how it was coming together several times during the process to tell us how he liked it.” Hank had a crew of workers operating the LT40 sawmill to help build the winning gunroom. His sawmill made it, “Nice to be able to cut any size we needed” says Hank. “There were a lot of different parts that had to be made, sized and put together. The crown molding was cut from one beam for the best grain match with no scarfing needed.” The ceiling was tongue and grooved boards, and the columns were single ceiling-to-floor boards. In addition, exquisite 18 foot long boards make up the floor.

One of the most stunning highlights in the room is the eye-catching fireplace mantle. Made from a wide piece of pine, the hand carved hunting scene design makes it the most attention-grabbing feature in the room. Savings thousands of dollars and working eight months to complete this project, Hank comments, “Sometimes when I work on something so long, it is hard to see the end result.” But after all was said and done and the finish coatings were complete, Hank says, “It was a great feeling of accomplishment.”

With Hank’s passion and creativity of “building things,” he submitted another inspiring interior project in the contest. The owner of that project gave Hank the opportunity to design all his floors, interior beams, and one-of-a-kind staircase and baluster. The beauty of the antique salvaged wood and fine craftsmanship that Hank put into both projects will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Hank's Project Photos








  Sawyer: Kevin White
Location: Reno, NV
Equipment: LT15

Project Dimensions: 3’ X 4’
100% of lumber cut on the mill: 50 BF
Estimated Savings: $1,000
Wood Species Used: 
California black oak

FIRST PLACE - The Quartersawn Oak Chair

Quartersawn California black oak…that is the wood Kevin White chose to use to construct an impressive “Morris Chair” for his very first challenging woodworking project. The reclining back, wide arms, and expansive seat create the perfect place to watch TV, read the Sunday paper or simply relax with one of the family pets.

“I wanted to make a piece of furniture from wood taken off of our property that would last for generations,” comments Kevin. “It’s the first thing you see when guests walk in the front door.” There are a variety of ways that lumber can be cut out of a log, but Kevin decided to quarter saw oak from his own property with the LT15 Wood-Mizer sawmill. “I was able to choose the best quartersawn material for each piece”, says Kevin. Kevin showed a great deal of patience and craftsmanship in completing the chair, using all mortise and tennon construction. “Completing this piece has given me the confidence to try several additional pieces,” says Kevin.

There’s no greater feeling in the world quite like sitting in a well crafted chair built with your own two hands that will make
family memories, and also become an heirloom for many years to come. “It’s the centerpiece of our living room. My wife really loves it,” Kevin said.




Sawyer: Leo Stoehr
Location: Egg Harbor City, NJ
Equipment: LT30

100% of lumber cut on the mill: 112 BF
Estimated Savings: $300
Wood Species Used: white oak

HONORABLE MENTION - The All-in-One Table

Leo Stoehr had a very good reason to build the 48” diameter top by 30” high table
with attached stools. With three small grandchildren Leo explains that it makes for “easy clean-up” and “no chairs to scratch the new floor.” It took Leo two months off and on to complete the table. He cut a total of 112 board feet of lumber and estimates that he saved more than $300 by using the sawmill. There is a 5” depth
mortise for the stool joists and the feet are doweled to the pedestal. Everybody has been impressed by Leo’s creativity and design of the kitchen table. “It looks great” and “Everyone loves”, says Leo.