Category 2: Small Homes and Cabins


Sawyer: Joe Vardanega
Location: Terrebonne, Oregon
Equipment: LT35

Project Dimensions: 14' X 20’, 392 sq ft 
90% of lumber cut on the mill: 4,000 BF
Estimated Savings: $10,000
Wood Species Used: Ponderosa Pine, Juniper

FIRST PLACE - The Memories Live On

With a roll of string and a wish, the plans for this beautiful family cabin in Terrebonne, Oregon took shape almost immediately. “This project started when my mother-in-law said that she would like to have a cabin built on the property that she owned. So one day I gave her and my wife a roll of string, some stakes and a measuring tape and told them to lay it out. I came back about four hours later, after felling some trees on the property, and found that they had it laid out. My mother-in-law then asked me to draw up the plan as she explained. We worked on the cabin throughout the summer, on the weekends as we had time, and had it dried-in by winter.”

Before the project could resume in the spring with the start of good weather, Joe’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer. They worked hard to get this cabin done before she passed away as it was her life-long dream to have a cabin on her property. “We worked all-hands-on-deck, but she passed away five short weeks after her diagnosis.”

In just one year's time and only a few months after his mother-inlaw’s passing, the project was finished. Joe used the word “bittersweet” to describe the feeling of seeing the cabin. “Unfortunately she did not get to see the finished project,” he said. The family currently enjoys spending time in the cabin and will continue to enjoy the cabin in her memory for years to come. 

Joe estimated that by using his Wood-Mizer LT35 mill he saved close to $10,000. With the help of the mill, Joe was able to cut more than 90% of the ponderosa pine and juniper needed for the project. He estimated that approximately 4,000 board feet was cut for the build. The end result was this picture perfect, 392 square-foot, 14' x 20' cabin, complete with a loft and covered porch. Some other features of this cabin include a propane refrigerator and four-burner propane stove with oven. On the lower level there is a juniper dining table with benches as well as a futon. The upper bedroom loft area of the cabin provides extra space and is accessed from an outside stairway. All the decking surrounding the cabin is pine, and all of the hand railing is juniper. Metal roofing covers the large front porch and the 14/12-pitch cabin roof.








  Sawyer: Harry Lippert
Location: Rockvale, Tennessee
Equipment: LT40

Project Dimensions: 18' X 28’, 756 sq ft cabin, 180 sq ft deck 
95% of lumber cut on the mill: 5,500 BF
Estimated Savings: $5,000
Wood Species Used: White Spruce

SECOND PLACE - Cabin in the Valley

If you travel 35 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, you will find the Matanuska Valley, and there, in a clearing, is an 18' x 28' cabin built by Harry Lippert from Rockvale, Tennessee. Harry was able to build his own Alaskan cabin with help from others and his Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic. With it, he sawed more than 5,500 board feet of white spruce.

Harry spent two summers building his two story, 756 square foot cabin with a 180 square foot deck overlooking the Talkeetna Mountain Range. The cabin is stick-built using an A- Frame design. It has an open floor plan with a kitchenette and sleeping loft. Harry was able to save approximately $5,000 by cutting 95% of the lumber needed for his cabin on his Wood-Mizer LT40HD. “I am very satisfied with the way the cabin turned out, and with the way it looks,” he said.

Harry built the cabin because he was looking for a place to live while in Alaska working for Kingdom Air Corps Aviation Ministry. Kingdom Air Corps Aviation Ministry, started in 1999, is a non-profit organization that takes in interns and teaches them that their love for airplanes and flying can be used as a tool to spread Christianity to places that are difficult to reach. Kingdom Air Corps also prepares pilots and mechanics to fly and maintain aircraft in difficult places, and to develop relationships in order to bring the message of salvation. When asked which feature of the LT40 Hydraulic helped the most with this project, Harry answered, “There is not one particular feature that helped over any other; just having the ability to cut lumber on site was a big help.”






Sawyer: Warren R. Candee
Location : Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Equipment: LT40 Hydraulic

Project Dimensions: 24' X 36', 1,300 sq ft
100% of lumber cut on the mill: 22,000 BF 
Estimated Savings: $45,000
Wood Species Used: White Pine, Oak, Cherry, Ash

THIRD PLACE - Cabin Accomplished

"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." 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."






Share This Page with Friends:
Email this page to a friend