FIRST PLACE - Began with an Idea, and a Wood-Mizer
Brookhaven, Mississippi local, Lynn Davis is an active member of the Macedonia Baptist Church. When fellow church members became involved in a food mission that would help the small community near War, West Virginia, Lynn knew just what to do. He would take his LT40 Super Hydraulic on the 11-hour journey and help build a 400-square-foot food distribution center to be used to sort, shelve, and fulfill the community’s mission to feed the hungry.
A building schedule was established, everyone marked their calendars, and a few days before their departure, the lumber was
loaded onto a trailer. They formed a small caravan, drove through the night to Knoxville, Tennessee, where they spent the night at a local campground. The next day, they experienced a vehicle mechanical failure on the interstate and but arrived at the destination that Sunday afternoon just in time for church service.
The work began early Monday morning, setting the foundation pads, blocks, and sills. With the volunteers’ help, Lynn sawed out 2" x 12" boards for the floor joists and 2" x 4" and 2" x 6" boards in southern yellow pine for the studs, roof trusses, and lathing. Also used were 1" x 12" boards and 1" x 4" boards cut out of yellow poplar for the siding. Next it was floor joists and then plywood subflooring. This gave them a level building platform on which to lie out and construct the roofing trusses. With these trusses completed and set aside, they could begin the stud wall construction.
Once the necessary permits had been secured, the electrical wiring was completed. Soon after, the roof trusses were raised. Meanwhile, the windows and door had been installed, and purlings had been placed so that the yellow poplar board and batten siding could be installed. The walls and ceiling were insulated and fluorescent lighting strips were hung. OSB was used as wall paneling and the ceiling was sheathed with plywood. A ramp was built so that a dolly could be used when unloading food. “As a side note, a miscalculation had been made and we lacked having two pieces of roofing. The local building supply store had only two pieces of green roofing. They were the wrong color, but longer and extended over the doorway and ramp. We took that as a good sign,” Lynn said.
Lynn and his fellow volunteers camped in an old churchyard; they enjoyed meals that their wives cooked and served each day, and shared the fellowship of others. It ended Friday, when they could finally pause and admire the fruits of their week’s work. With the building completed, it was dedicated, and the keys ceremoniously passed hands.”
“The project had begun with an idea, and a Wood-Mizer. It continued with a group of volunteers traveling to a location 740 miles away hauling a load of lumber and a dream,” Lynn said “Our journey home was filled with the satisfaction of knowing that we had indeed helped a group of people that we did not know to somehow have a better life.”