Donn Saindon Gave Reclaimed Wood a New Life



Donn Saindon has built many homes since purchasing his Wood-Mizer LT40 in 1987, but this is a special home for him because he built it for his family. “I wanted to build something special that would stay in the family for a long time,” he says of his project.

Built on a cliff overlooking the Teton River near Tetonia, Idaho, the building site only allowed for a smaller home, which Donn designed himself. The 1,200 square foot, one-car garage cabin serves as the primary home for Donn and his family. The cabin took two years to complete, and Donn says it would not have been possible without the help of his LT40. The feature of the mill that he found the most useful was its ability to produce unique and creative wood components.

Most of the wood that Donn used in the cabin was reclaimed from different locations. Donn salvaged the majority of his wood from the Lucin trestle that crossed the north end of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Redwood platforms from an old Heinz pickle factory near Sacramento, California, became the siding on the cabin, and fir from an iron ore trestle on Lake Superior found new life as the deck joist and beams.

Donn’s LT40 is also an important part of his furniture making business. “I could not go a day without my Wood-Mizer and will always have one,” says Donn.

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