When several tornadoes came through Alabama, it left a trail of downed trees. Not wanting to see this resource go to waste, Robin Graham purchased a Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill and began milling the logs into usable lumber. Two years after milling the wood to dry, Robin started construction on a boathouse using about 3,600 board feet of white oaks, cedar and cherry. In eight months, Robin had built a boathouse measuring 32’ x 30’ with an 18’ x 20’ upper deck and 140’ of walkways and stairs leading to the water. Robin estimated he saved about $20,000 by using his LT15. “Being able to design the boathouse, then cut, mill, and prepare the wood has provided a great sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment,” said Robin.
"We began our adventures in dairy farming four years ago with one jersey cow and her calf so that our granddaughter could have fresh milk. As the number of grandchildren increased, so did our dairy herd," said Ralph Klein. "To accommodate our growing need for barn space, I began to work on a dairy barn. Two years later it was finally completed." Using his LT15 sawmill, Ralph milled 650 board feet for the 38' x 28', 1,456 square feet dairy barn and estimates saving around $4,000 by milling 92% of the lumber needed for the project. Ralph praised the "durability and dependability" of his LT15 and said, "I am so thankful to have finished this project, hope I have time to build something else."
When traveling abroad, Bob Brothen was inspired to bring something back. “On a visit to my grandfather’s home in Norway I saw buildings constructed by my great grandfather in the 1880’s. The ability to saw lumber to build in that style inspired us to plan a building that would emulate his work.” With the use of his Wood-Mizer LT10, and some help from his brother and son, Bob created his 924 square foot barn over the course of one fall and two summers. Bob was sure to stay true to his inspired design. “We used a type of timber frame construction, board and batten siding, extended floor joists, dormers, and wide board flooring similar to what my great grandfather might have done. The trim and color is old Norway inspired. I felt that we produced something that will last not only because of the solid wood construction but because its unique character will be worth preserving,” said Bob. “In a world where so much is manufactured and mass produced, a unique building using unique materials always seems to generate interest.” For this project, Bob, his son, and his brother, were able to cut 6,000 board feet of pine and poplar in a little over 60 hours, spread over five weekends. “When we purchased the LT10 sawmill, we planned to saw only specialty lumber for small projects. We soon learned that our Wood-Mizer has the capability to go well beyond our initial expectations.”
Inspired by a steam engine design in his grandfather’s mechanic’s book from 1900, Bob Harbrige decided to build a fully-functioning, wooden air engine. Using his Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill, Bob sawed 30 board feet of hickory, white oak and black cherry for the 39” x 20” x 19” machine. “The engine has been used to run a small generator powering LED lights,” said Bob. “It has a three inch bore and a six inch stroke and works on approximately four psi of air pressure created by a vacuum.” The intricate work that went into the four month project makes plenty of use out of quarter sawn materials from Bob’s Wood-Mizer sawmill.
Looking for a place to live in Alaska while working for the Kingdom Air Corps Aviation Ministry, Harry Lippert built his own cabin with help from his Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic. With it, he sawed more than 5,500 board feet of white spruce for the 18’ x 28’ cabin in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska. Harry spent two summers building his two-story 756-square-foot cabin with a 180-square-foot deck overlooking the Talkeetna Mountain Range. Harry estimates he was able to save approximately $5,000 by sawing 95% of the lumber needed for his cabin on his LT40 Hydraulic. “I am very satisfied with the way the cabin turned out, and with the way it looks,” said Harry. When asked which feature of the LT40 Hydraulic helped the most with this project, Harry answered, “Just having the ability to cut lumber on site was a big help.”
Thoughts of an expanding family had the walls closing in on Ross and Joslin Bennett of New Hampshire. Realizing their current space wasn’t large enough for any new additions to their family, the Bennetts started outlining a plan for building themselves a new, more family friendly home. The plans called for a 1,350-square-foot, two-story home built on a 700-square-foot unfinished basement. During the build, approximately 20,000 board feet of eastern white pine was cut with their Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill. “Even though this was one of Wood-Mizer’s smaller models, it was amazing what just the two of us were able to accomplish,” said Ross. Sawing over 75% of the wood used in the build, the couple estimated their savings from using their Wood-Mizer at approximately $25,000. Two years after the start of the project, and just one week before Joslin’s due date, the house was finally completed. When asked about the completion of their home, the couple responded, “The feeling of bringing our new daughter into the home we built for her was breathtaking.”
During the course of three and a half years, Richard and Sharon Maki used their Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill to expand a 600-square-foot cabin into a beautiful 2,100-square-foot family home."We needed a place to live, as our daughter, husband and two boys moved to Montana and were living with us. We decided everyone needed more space," said Richard. With the exception of the stairway support fir, all of the wood used for the cabin was taken from standing, dead trees on the Maki's property. "This project was quite an undertaking, but [our LT15] performed extremely well." After seeing their finished cabin, Richard and Sharon said, "It was a great feeling of accomplishment. We are happy to have a unique and rustic home to live in."
With the help of his two sons and his Wood-Mizer LT70 mill, Craig Forman converted 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.