Category 6: Exterior Projects

 

Sawyer: Gary Allison
Location: Turlock, California
Equipment: LT40

Project Dimensions: 14’ X 21'
100% of lumber cut on the mill: 1,750 BF
Estimated Savings: $3,500
Wood Species Used: Deodar Cedar

FIRST PLACE - A Family Gathering Place

One of the benefits of owning a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill is how it can help make you make the best possible use of resources, whether that resource is space, time or materials. Gary Allison used his Wood-Mizer LT40 to find an excellent use of space on his property as well as a use for logs that would have otherwise gone to waste.

As Gary’s family expanded, his house was becoming a little too small for entertaining and hosting family gatherings. His wife
encouraged him to provide a place where they could all spend time together. Since California has nice weather most of the year, rather than adding onto their house, they wanted to create an outdoor room and take advantage of that nice weather.

The resulting project is an oval gazebo that is a roomy 14' x 21'. Gary worked on the gazebo during his spare time over the course of a year. To begin the construction process, he anchored the posts to the foundation with a 2" steel pipe. He made the post to rafter connection by notching the post and dadoing the rafter to fit while also gluing and bolting it. Gary used a compression header to build the roof structure, and he made the roof decking out of 2" tongue and groove material. The gazebo is an inviting outdoor space with plenty of sunlight as well as the shade of an oak tree. The pagoda roof is
complete with two ceiling fans to keep guests cool on warm days. 

All 1,750 board feet of the lumber Gary needed came from deodar cedar logs he salvaged from urban forest. These logs were
destined for the landfill, but Gary was able to salvage them and instead 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 his logs. Gary estimated that using his LT40 saved him at least $3,500. After it was all finished, Gary said, “I was relieved to have it done, as well as happy it came together as I had envisioned it.” The well-designed gazebo has gotten more use out of it than Gary initially expected. It has become a favorite location for Gary’s family gatherings, serving as a location not only for dinner parties but for graduation parties and
rehearsal dinners as well.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sawyer: Craig Forman
Location: Meadville, Mississippi
Equipment: LT70

Project Dimensions: 16’ X 24’, 384 sq ft
66% of lumber cut on the mill: 1,400 BF 
Estimated Savings: Priceless
Wood Species Used: Southern Yellow Pine, Red Cedar, Beech

SECOND PLACE - Outdoor Living Space

Whether it be a two-foot overhang or a 2,000-square-foot wraparound,
the “porch” means something different to almost everyone. The people who have them love them, the people who don’t have them wish they did. With as many different functions as designs, the “porch” has definitely found its place in American architectural heritage.

Craig Forman began reevaluating the design of his front porch soon after moving into his new Meadville, Mississippi home. The original porch consisted of several steps leading up to a covered 8' x 24' pin oak floor that gave access to the front door. Although the porch was functional and did provide some room for seating, it was not the enjoyable outdoor space he had originally envisioned for his family. “The original porch was not really big enough to use for anything,” said Craig.

With the help of his two sons and his Wood-Mizer LT70 mill, Craig began
converting his current porch into a larger, (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 about completing the project.


 

 

 

 

 

 
Sawyer: Gerald Christenbury
Location: Seneca, South Carolina
Equipment: LT40 Hydraulic

Project Dimensions: 33' X 8' X 8'
100% of lumber cut on the mill 
Estimated Savings: Thousands
Wood Species Used: Red Oak, White Pine, Hemlock 

THIRD PLACE - Camp Buc Bridge


When Camp Buc needed a road connection between two parts of a youth camp, Gerald Christenbury was there to lend a helping hand. Gerald made use of his LT40 Hydraulic to cut 100% of the timbers needed for the covered bridge and finished the project in two months. "This project was especially satisfying because we completed the bridge with essentially salvaged lumber which would have been a total waste without my trusty Wood-Mizer." Gerald touted "the quality and uniformity of the cuts" made by his mill as being a very helpful in the construction of the bridge. "We could not have done this project without the Wood-Mizer!"


 

 

 

 

 

 
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