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  • Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – November 5, 2018

    Getting the last large items taken care of on the sideboard. I built and installed the adjustable shelf system and got started on the doors. I also picked up a Huot drill cabinet at an auction which has made my twist drill organization so much......

  • Slabbing a Clumpy Sugar Maple

    This time we’re slabbing up a sugar maple with a lot of limbs clumped towards the middle of the log. The tree was also tapped for maple syrup during its life so we see the results of that....

  • Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Oct 26, 2018

    This week I finished up the drawers on the side board and spent some time working through my smaller logs out on the mill....

  • Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Oct 15, 2018

    The sideboard case is all assembled and done. Isn’t prefinishing great like that? Next up are the drawer fronts which I am working on fitting to their openings....

  • Sliding Burl Lid Box

    A small box made from thermally modified ash with a live edge sliding cherry burl lid and box elder splines. Inspired by Faisal Malik Design https://www.instagram.com/faisalmalikdesign/...

  • Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Oct 5, 2018

    I’ve been away for a bit due to childcare issues but I have been moving the sideboard project forward over the past few weeks....

  • Spalted Silver Maple Slabbing – Smaller log

    Last time we sliced up the longer section of this silver maple tree that was topped and left standing for 5 years. This time we’ll continue on and slice up the shorter section. This one is from the base of the tree with a diameter......

  • Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Sept 7, 2018

    After being gone for a week and another week back with a bit of a slow start, I’m back at it.  Highlights this week are making progress on the sideboard by adding the vertical dividers and cutting the panels.  I also cut the white oak......

  • What Size Winch Do I Need for Urban Logging? – Ask Matt #26

    There’s a few factors to consider when selecting a winch for urban logging. What size you need will greatly depend on the size of logs you’re going after and potentially planning for even larger logs than you’re expecting now. The short answer is to buy......

  • Spalted Silver Maple Slabbing [Embedded Steel, Brass, & Copper]

    My friend, Brandon, removed a silver maple tree and brought me the logs last fall.  The tree was topped and left standing for 5 years before Brandon removed it.  This longer section is from the top section of the tree and s about 34″ in......

  • Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Aug 17, 2018

    Trucking along on the sideboard this week. I finished up the internals – the bottom frame and the drawer runners, kickers, and guides. I also picked up another log for the sawmill. I’ll be away for a week: heading to Texas for a couple days......

  • Robbinsdale Maple Offcut [Making sure the saw still cuts wide]

    After having taken my sawmill apart to paint it, I wanted to make sure everything went back together correctly and is still calibrated. I saved this offcut from a log I cut about a year ago so I would be able to make a wide......

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Making Your Own Lumber

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Building Your Own Bandsaw Mill

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