Category 4: Small Barns and Tool Sheds

 

Alan Buschena   •   New Brighton, MN   •   LT15   •   20% of lumber cut on mill   •   $150 estimated saved

Alan needed more storage space so he could fit his wife's car in their garage. Two months and 200 board feet of blue spruce later, he built this 10' X 12' garden shed. Alan said the "cutting thickness setting device" on his LT15 helped most during the project.



 

 

 

 

Corey Airington   •   Jefferson, South Carolina   •   LT15   •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $2,000 estimated saved

Inspired by the love of making something unique and historical, Corey built this 7' X 7' colonial garden shed using 2,500 board feet of southern yellow pine. Corey said, "The ability to make my own lumber, including studs, rafters, roof sheathing, and clapboards," on his LT15 helped greatly during the project. "It just feels good to make a reproduction of a historical garden shed."



 

 

 

 
Dennis Carter   •   Deer Isle, ME   •   LT15   •   67% of lumber cut on mill   •   $1,100 estimated saved 

Living on a self sufficient farm, Dennis and his wife operate a lodging business to show visitors how they live well without much money. "Though affordable, the LT15 is our biggest and most expensive piece of equipment, but it also provides the greatest benefits. We are able to turn our own trees into a variety of wood products for our own use. I think the Wood-Mizer is the most environmentally friendly tool we could have used to make lumber this successfully." This 99-square-foot sleeping hut was built out of red oak, red and white spruce.


 

 

 

 

Evart Barton   •   Blue Hill, NE   •   LT40 Manual   •   50% of lumber cut on mill   •   $900 estimated saved

Wanting to build a Christmas gift for his granddaughter, Evart used 660 board feet of western & eastern red cedar, douglas fir and oak to build this 10' X 16' structure that includes a playhouse, deck, porch, swing and sandbox.


 

 

 

 
Glenn Trombley   •   Schuyler Falls, NY   •   LT15   •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $600 estimated saved
“This cedar pole barn allows me to work in the shade and out of the elements. My Wood-Mizer sawmill, visible from the road, is showcased in this unique, hand-built, pole barn."


 

 

 

 
Jens Muller  •   Schuyler, VA   •   LT40  •   95% of lumber cut on mill   •   $1,500 estimated saved
Jens used his LT40 to cut 690 board feet of pine and cedar to build a custom chicken house and run. "This was a fun yet functional, unique project that doesn't come along everyday. I'm satisfied with the functional finished product that exhibits European styling and the customer/contractor relationship that was formed from dreaming up [a design] and making this project a reality."


 

 

 
Jerry Renz   •   Sula, MT   •   LT15   •   95% of lumber cut on mill   •   $1,000 estimated saved

Needing a place for tools and mowers, Jerry had his LT15, a tree, and the time to build a tool shed. He cut 1,800 board feet of lodge pole and douglas fir and completed a 10' X 16' structure to house his tools and mowers. Jerry said the ability to "cut all beams, floor, joists, studs, rafters and siding" for his project was a great feature of his LT15.


 

 

 

 

Jim Dorsey   •   Deer Park, WI   •   LT15   •   95% of lumber cut on mill   •   $500 estimated saved

Jim's first project submitted in this category is an 8' X 12' chicken coop and storage room made out of white oak and white pine. Upon seeing the finished building, Jim was "very proud."


 

 

 

 
Jim Dorsey   •   Deer Park, WI   •   LT15  •   95% of lumber cut on mill   •   $500 estimated saved
Wanting a greenhouse for growing vegetables and flowers, Jim's second project entered in this category is a greenhouse and solar lumber drying kiln. This half and half functional building is 10' X 12' and made from more than 1,000 board feet of white oak, white pine and red cedar. Jim was "very happy" to see the finished project and said, "[The LT15] makes projects more affordable and I get satisfaction from turning logs into something that I can use."


 

 

 

 
Lawrence Powers   •   Valencia, PA   •   LT30   •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $1,500 estimated saved
Needing a place to store his tools, Lawrence built this 12' X 10' tool shed out of 1,200 board feet of white pine. "I was very pleased with the finished project. Having my Wood-Mizer saved lots of money and it gave me a sense of satisfaction knowing that I sawed all my own lumber."


 

 

 
Leo Morin   •   Vaneta, OR   •   LT15   •   90% of lumber cut on mill   •   $300 estimated saved
"I wanted a structure by my pond to store benches, fishing rods, tools and other things associated with the pond." Leo used an "overlapping cant design to give a log cabin effect" and says, "the ability to set the depth of cut off the crank" on his LT15 was helpful in completing the douglas fir shed.


 

 

 

 
Leo Stoehr   •   Egg Harbor City, NJ   •   LT30   •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $200 estimated saved
After building his grandchildren a back yard outhouse, Leo says, "then the orders started." In 20 hours, he cut 125 board feet of yellow pine on his LT30 and built this 3' X 3' X 8' tool shed. Upon seeing the finished shed, Leo said, "All my friends, and myself love them. They all want one."


 

 

 
Mike Guglielmo   •   Sterling, CT   •   LT15   •   93% of lumber cut on mill   •   $1,300 estimated saved
Cutting more than 1,200 board feet of eastern white pine on his LT15 , Mike used timber construction to build this 10' X 12' pool shed in just three weeks. After seeing the finished shed, Mike said, "I felt great!"
Moses & Betty Eicher   •   Harwood, MO   •   LT28   •   90% of lumber cut on mill   •   $300 estimated saved 
"We needed an outdoor building for our business so we decided to build an A-Frame roof with a porch along the front." Moses and Betty used 650 board feet of red cedar and pine to build their 6' X 8' X 7' office.  "[The] portability, dependability, ease of operation, and low maintenance combine to make my Wood-Mizer LT28 a pleasure to own and operate. In short, I love my Wood-Mizer!"


 

 

 

 
Moses & Betty Eicher   •   Harwood, MO   •   LT28   •   95% of lumber cut on mill   •   Red Cedar and White Pine
With a need for an area to do horseshoeing and farrier work, Moses & Betty's second entry in this category is a red cedar and white pine horse stall. "I was pleased with the overall appearance of the doors and walls of the horse shoeing area." Moses & Betty were satisfied to see the product that their LT28 helped produce "working great" for their business needs.


 

 

 

 
Pete Handler   •   Lake Errock, BC   •   LT28   •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $11,000 estimated saved
Pete cut more than 7,000 board feet of douglas fir, western hemlock, red and yellow cedar to build numerous buildings for his turkey and Christmas tree farm. Not only does Pete use the lumber cut on his LT28, he turns sawdust into beds for farm animals and uses firewood slabs to heat his home. "I'm amazed at what can be built with logs, that would otherwise not be used. [My LT28] is a great mill, true cut and easy to use and learn."


 

 

 

 
Robert Rydeen   •   Langley, WA   •   LT40 HD   •   99.9% of lumber cut on mill   •   Douglas Fir, White Fir, Cedar
When his "better half" wanted a market stand to sell produce and eggs from their ranch, Robert went right to work. A month later Robert had built his wife a 10' X 14' road side market out of 1,500 board feet of wood cut on his LT40. Robert said the hydraulics were the most helpful feature during the project and that he is "relieved to have the market finished."


 

 

 

 
Rusty Tuttle   •   Harrisville, NY   •   LT35   •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $500 estimated saved

"This was the first project that I ever used lumber that I cut from my property and sawed on my LT35 Wood-Mizer." Rusty cut more than 500 board feet of white and red pine to build this salt box chicken coop. Rusty said, "I can't believe I was looking at a mill that didn't have [simple set]. I'm so glad I upgraded."


 

 

 

 

Sean Mathias   •   Glenville, PA   •   LT10   •   95% of lumber cut on mill   •   $1,200 estimated saved 

Sean built this 6' X 19' woodshed out of 600 board feet of chestnut, white and red oak. "[I am] satisfied to know I have the ability to transform trees into useful things that benefit myself and others."


 

 

 

 
Steven Brown   •   Stafford, VA   •   LT28   •   80% of lumber cut on mill   •   20' X 40'
Steven needed more room to dry wood, so he built this 800-square-foot drying barn out of pine. "I was excited to have more room to dry wood. All posts, beams, flooring, siding, roof and floor joists used on the barn were cut from the Wood-Mizer mill." In addition, Steven has spent 30 hours hand carving a tree on the drying barn door, and says, "it is still unfinished."


 

 

 

 
Tim Gartland   •  Clearwater, BC  
 •   LT15   •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   100% Fir
"We were going to get chickens, so we obviously needed a chicken coop." A few months later, Tim had completed an 8' X 8' chicken coop out of 100% fir which was all cut on his LT15. "When I am there from log to structure [it] makes me feel like I'm a part of it and like its all mine. Those chickens have no idea just how stylin' they are."

 


 

 

 

 
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