By Larry Andresen. Larry is the President of Andresen Construction, Inc., in Truckee, CA, an Excavation Contracting business, providing excavation and building services since 1979.
My Introduction to the Wonder of Sawing
"The ‘Dreams’ project includes building a 3,000’ shop/garage and a 1,400' residence above."
There are times in life when we actually get what we pay for and sometimes when making a particular investment, we get even more. In 1996, I purchased the Wood-Mizer LT40HDG24 and started designing and planning the ‘Dreams’ project. This story is about the dreams and accomplishments made possible with a Wood-Mizer sawmill along with details and experiences of these projects over the past 15 years.
Let me start by saying, I love sawing logs
. The anticipation, the endless possibilities, the beauty and individual characteristics found after each cut continues to intrigue and amaze me. With each log alter making that ﬁrst cut and removing the ﬂitch, what is it going to be? Because each log is different, it's kind of like being on a treasure hunt. Until that ﬁrst cut is made, you don't know what you're going to see.
As an excavation contractor in the Truckee/Tahoe area, our ﬁrst step for a typical excavation job includes removing the trees. Most of the jobs are for custom homes built one at a time. Consequently, most jobs result in obtaining only one or two or a few good saw logs at a time. With only a few logs at a time and with the nearest mill being so far away, hauling to the mill is not feasible. With no mill at hand or close by, good saw logs would end up being turned into ﬁrewood.
"Logs that would have been turned into ﬁrewood could now be brought to their fullest potential..."
Why I bought My Wood-Mizer Sawmill
After years of seeing good saw logs being turned into ﬁrewood, the idea of acquiring a Wood-Mizer came to mind. Once the Wood-Mizer mill was acquired, not only did turning logs into lumber become a possibility, it became a regular occurrence. From then on logs that would have been turned into ﬁrewood could now be brought to their fullest potential and used in the most beneﬁcial way. It was this discovery that literally changed my life by helping to inspire fantastic dreams and to enable them to come true. With this new found discovery, I began working on exciting projects, which have proved to be tremendous learning experiences, great tasks of accomplishments, in addition to providing very rewarding returns.
My Dream Project Begins
The ﬁrst ‘Dreams’ project includes building a 3,000’ shop/garage with covered storage areas 12’ x 24' on each corner and a 1400' residence above. The shop/garage area is 72' long by 30' wide with 24' x 12' wings protruding from the middle of the building on each side. Inside the shop, incorporated within the roof, are three 24' long x 12' wide lofts for storing lumber. The design of the building was primarily to accommodate the sawing, processing and storing of lumber and space for special wood working projects. There are three 14' tall x 20' wide roll up doors on three sides of building with lots of glass for natural light. The idea is to provide room inside for three units of 20' lumber and machines for processing along the walls on each side.