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Using Sawmill Lumber or I Knew My Floor When It Was a Tree

A photo of GaFarm Woman PamAnother ongoing project we have here on the farm is the wood for the downstairs floors.

The wood goes on quite a journey.

This is my husband putting the boards he has run through the planer in the barn loft to finish curing.

Putting boards in the barn loft to cure

It began last summer when we cut the trees at the back of the property to use for the chicken house.

Building the chicken house

We went ahead and cut extra to use on the floors.

The trees that were cut

We hauled the logs up to the sawmill.

Wood on the truck on the way to the sawmill

Where my husband cut the logs into slabs on the farm’s sawmill.

Cutting logs into slabs on the sawmill

Logs on the sawmill

Then cut the slabs into boards on the table saw.

Cutting slabs into boards

Then … stacked the boards so air could get between them to dry the moisture out.

Stacking sawmilled boards to dry

So that by spring time we can start putting the new boards down.

Here is the kitchen floor that we did a few years back. From scratch.

Kitchen floor from sawmill boards

I knew the kitchen floor when it was an oak tree.

The trees we are using for the other floors are poplar, black gum, sweet gum, sycamore and oak. We thought it would be pretty to use different types and colors of wood.

We have the wood floors down in the living room now and hope to finish the downstairs floors this spring.

Living room floor from scratch

Just one of many projects. Life is never dull here on the farm.

Have a great day!