## Re: [MedievalSawdust] Board feet

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• ... --The current plan is to have the Amish not only cut the wood but also be part of construction as well, the local community is very involved in local house
Message 1 of 23 , Apr 5, 2006

It's a very good price, even if you have to purchase 20% overage
to compensate for checking, shrinkage, theft, and the measure nonce,
cut once, darnit mentality that I sometimes suffer from. :-)

--The current plan is to have the Amish not only cut the wood but also be part of construction as well, the local community is very involved in local house building:)

Halv

• ... If other than these the standard is 1 board foot = 12 wide x 1 inch thick x 1 foot long x per 1board James Cunningham Sawyer assuming 16 pieces 10inches
Message 2 of 23 , Apr 5, 2006
> There seems to be some wierd math involved that I cant seem to figure
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If other than these the standard is 1 board foot = 12 wide x 1 inch thick x
1 foot long x per 1board

James Cunningham
Sawyer

assuming 16 pieces 10inches wide by 10 inches thick and 10 inches long
16 x 10/12 x 10/12 x 10/12 = 9.259
30 x 10/12 x 6/12 x 10/12 = 10.417
8 x 3/12 x 6/12 x 10/12 = .8333
8 x 2/12 x 6/12 x 1/12 = 1

Assuming 16 pieces 10 inches wide by 10 inches thick by 10 feet long

16 x 10/12 x 10/12 x 10 = 111.111
30 x 10/12 x 10/6 x 10 = 125.000
8 x 3/12 x 6/12 x 10 = 10.000
8 x 2/12 x 6/12 x 1 = .666

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• That is about average you will loose about a fourth to a third in drying. But the 10 x10s are cheap per/board foot to cut out. Thin lumber is the expensive
Message 3 of 23 , Apr 5, 2006
That is about average you will loose about a fourth to a third in drying.  But the 10 x10s are cheap per/board foot to cut out.  Thin lumber is the expensive stuff for a sawyer to make(uses up a lot of sawblade and even more time).

James Cunningham
Sawyer

PS 250 board foot is a small cabin.  I used 1125 board feet  to sheet a roof for a 20 x 40 building   16 x 43 x 2 = 1344 square foot of roof

Keep in mind that I assumed all the dimensions you gave were in inches.

Over at Rockler theres kiln dried, S2S red oak ¾ thick for \$3.50/bf.  As long as youre up for drying and surfacing the wood, Id say the Amish are cutting you a square deal.  How soon did you need to start this project?

Charles

That's a fair bit of wood.

--Yup, it takes a fair bit to build a longhouse:)

Though at the prices I am looking at it appears as if we will be able to build either more houses or at least a larger intial house.

So, I am not rocket scientist but if the local Amish are charging .50 a board foot foot for their green oak and I need approx 250 board feet, I am looking at \$125??? (that cant be right can it?)

What does wood generally run commercially per board foot?

Halv?

• I think I have missed a posting to the list. What type of cabin are you going to build? Remember you cannot drive nails into dry oak. James Cunningham
Message 4 of 23 , Apr 5, 2006
I think I have missed a posting to the list. What type of cabin are you
going to build?

Remember you cannot drive nails into dry oak.

James Cunningham

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> to compensate for checking, shrinkage, theft, and the measure nonce,
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> "What the hell was I thinking - that could never have worked!")
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• Next question The local Amish can supply me with the wood i need Their prices are \$0.15/board foot to cut logs we supply, and I believe \$0.50/ board foot for
Message 5 of 23 , Apr 5, 2006
Next question

The local Amish can supply me with the wood i need

Their prices are \$0.15/board foot to cut logs we supply, and I believe
\$0.50/ board foot for [oak] lumber he cuts from his supply.

Now in period (Viking Age) i dont see initial settlements being
constructed of dried wood. I imagine the lumber for the first few
houses were cut on site.

(Basically we are using timber framing methods)

Halv
• From what I have seen using green lumber is better because the frame locks as it dries. Mark ... From: Robb Schuster To:
Message 6 of 23 , Apr 5, 2006
From what I have seen using green lumber is better because the frame locks
as it dries.

Mark

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robb Schuster" <schusterrl@...>
To: <medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:28 PM
Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Board feet

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• --The worst thing about green oak is its real heavy, but it will cut a bit easier under your chisel when its green. My dairy barn was timber framed with green
Message 7 of 23 , Apr 5, 2006
--The worst thing about green oak is its real heavy, but it will cut a
bit easier under your chisel when its green. My dairy barn was timber
framed with green oak 100 years ago and its still standing. I have
read many books on timber frame, in at least one, the builder used
green oak to frame a house, his findings were basically just what I
said, its heavy, but strong. You will want to get all your timbers
framed into the structure before they dry out too much and start to
warp. If not, at least stack them and maybe band the pile with plenty
of stickers in between, to keep them as straight as you can till they
get used. If you cut real mortise and tenons and peg them with dry
dowels, you should have tight joints. One thing to remember, wood
glue wont work at all, on green lumber, PL200 subfloor/construction
adheasive, is rated to bond green treated lumber, and will work much
better, if you intended to use any glues.
Jared

- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "Robb Schuster" <schusterrl@...>
wrote:
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> Next question
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> The local Amish can supply me with the wood i need
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> Their prices are \$0.15/board foot to cut logs we supply, and I believe
> \$0.50/ board foot for [oak] lumber he cuts from his supply.
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> Now in period (Viking Age) i dont see initial settlements being
> constructed of dried wood. I imagine the lumber for the first few
> houses were cut on site.
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> (Basically we are using timber framing methods)
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> Halv
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• If the woodworkers that are supplying the wood will also be participating in the build, you should have nothing to worry about. They ve probably got more
Message 8 of 23 , Apr 6, 2006
If the woodworkers that are supplying the wood will also be
participating in the build, you should have nothing to worry about.
They've probably got more experience working with the lumber that
you're ordering than anyone else you could find in this country.
Though your building may look different than their typical work, let
them have free run on the techniques of the frame, they should be
masters on this task compared to the combined experience from this
board (no insult intended to anyone here).

It sounds as if you've found a great opportunity for materials and
expertise. Given the same chance, I'd start this project in a
heartbeat.

Eirikr Mjoksiglandi,
Way out west...

--- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "Robb Schuster"
<schusterrl@...> wrote:
>
> Next question
>
> The local Amish can supply me with the wood i need
>
> Their prices are \$0.15/board foot to cut logs we supply, and I
believe
> \$0.50/ board foot for [oak] lumber he cuts from his supply.
>
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> Now in period (Viking Age) i dont see initial settlements being
> constructed of dried wood. I imagine the lumber for the first few
> houses were cut on site.
>
> (Basically we are using timber framing methods)
>
> Halv
>

--The current plan is to have the Amish not only cut the wood but
also be part of construction as well, the local community is very
involved in local house building:)

Halv
• If the woodworkers that are supplying the wood will also be participating in the build, you should have nothing to worry about. They ve probably got more
Message 9 of 23 , Apr 6, 2006
"If the woodworkers that are supplying the wood will also be
participating in the build, you should have nothing to worry about.
They've probably got more experience working with the lumber that
you're ordering than anyone else you could find in this country.
Though your building may look different than their typical work, let
them have free run on the techniques of the frame, they should be
masters on this task compared to the combined experience from this
board (no insult intended to anyone here)."

Not that I am any expert on timberframe, but my next door
neighbors are amish, and of course build thier own houses with larg
groups of men very quickly. But they use milled 2x4s just like the
rest of us, they are currently doing a log cabin, that will be
dissasembled and sent to georgia, (we're in wisconsin) Jonas (the
elder) told me they had never built one before, amazing, that anyone
would hire anyone else to build thier house, site unseen, and assume
it would be done in a skilled manor just because they were amish. If
you or I were to try to get that job, we would have to prove our
expeirience very completly.
Please dont get me wrong, they are good people and good neighbors,
I have nothing against them, but it just bugs me the way the tourist
market around here pays extra for "Amish craftmanship". Ive been in
thier cabinet shops, they do good work, but no different than myself,
they use exactly the same tools. A grizzly table saw, jointer and
shaper and even pocket hole machines, (all run by a line shaft) and
thay use pnuematic sanders. Good craftsmanship, but not exactly "old
world".
If any fellow scadiens do many projects with hand tools, you are
probabably more authentic than even the most conservative amish in my
area. (there are many different groups). Its not the Amish that
bother me at all, its the ignorant view that others show about them.
Certainly a higher percentage of them have knowledge in carpentry and
cabnitry, than the rest of the general public, but To assume that all
are born with the talent to be a craftsman, is no more intelligent
than any other stereotype you can think of.

I hope I have put this well enough to assure that that this is not
a view of prejudice in any way, and I dont intend to offend anyone,
just present a logical view on the topic.
Jared
• ... market around here pays extra for Amish craftsmanship .
Message 10 of 23 , Apr 6, 2006

>> I have nothing against them, but it just bugs me the way the
tourist
market around here pays extra for "Amish craftsmanship".  <<

... and therein lies the difference between 'real value' and perceived value.  As they said in Indy Jones... take a cheap watch, bury it in the sand for a few thousand years and it becomes priceless.  What's changed... only the 'perception of value/rarity/whatever pushes your personal psychological buttons' ...  most 'value' is in perception, hence the marketing tool of 'branding'...

... "What's in a name?" ... in a lot of cases... well...  'a lot'...

... and then there's the consumer perception of "collectable" vs. the merchandising perception of "collectable" (I.e., "we can build more of em' than you can buy... but we dare ya' to try to keep up")...  BUT THAT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT RANT...

I share yer' pain Jared...

Chas.
• Is James Cunningham an Amish name? buttons ... What s in a name? ... in a lot of cases... well... a lot ...
Message 11 of 23 , Apr 6, 2006
Is James Cunningham an Amish name?
buttons' ... "What's in a name?" ... in a lot of cases... well...  'a lot'...
• Might be... heck I d be tempted to pay more for an original Cunningham... particularly if it was signed and numbered!!!! Chas.
Message 12 of 23 , Apr 6, 2006
Might be... heck I'd be tempted to pay more for an original Cunningham... particularly if it was signed and numbered!!!!

Chas.

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Is James Cunningham an Amish name?
buttons' ... "What's in a name?" .. in a lot of cases... well...  'a lot'...
• Jared wrote: If the woodworkers that are supplying the wood will also beparticipating in the build, you should have nothing to worry
Message 13 of 23 , Apr 7, 2006
Jared <tudweber_jr@...> wrote:
"If the woodworkers that are supplying the wood will also beparticipating in the build, you should have nothing to worry about.MUCH SNIPPAGE
I hope I have put this well enough to assure that that this is nota view of prejudice in any way, and I dont intend to offend anyone,just present a logical view on the topic.

COMMENT
Jared,
that's a most interesting Post.

Do you think that the perception of "Amish quality" might have something to do with their Tenets - "All things done well for the Glory of God"? - and - "Not unto us the praise, but unto God, who hath guided our unworthy hands in His Work?"

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• Jared, Your point is well taken. I did make the assumption that if they were milling green oak for sale, that they would have done similar milling before, and
Message 14 of 23 , Apr 7, 2006
Jared,

Your point is well taken. I did make the assumption that if they
were milling green oak for sale, that they would have done similar
milling before, and also assumed that thay would have used the
material for their own purposes before and would be familiar with
the appropriate techniques, not genetically imprinted, but gained
though acquired experience.

So, this is a good reminder to discuss people's experience with your
specific project in mind when considering getting help, paid or
not. One's perceived reputation or skill won't necessarily help
when deep in a project, past work and/or references are probably
more reliable.

Standing corrected from positive prejudice,
Eirikr

--- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "Jared" <tudweber_jr@...>
wrote:
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> "If the woodworkers that are supplying the wood will also be
> participating in the build, you should have nothing to worry about.
> They've probably got more experience working with the lumber that
> you're ordering than anyone else you could find in this country.
> Though your building may look different than their typical work,
let
> them have free run on the techniques of the frame, they should be
> masters on this task compared to the combined experience from this
> board (no insult intended to anyone here)."
>
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> Not that I am any expert on timberframe, but my next door
> neighbors are amish, and of course build thier own houses with larg
> groups of men very quickly. But they use milled 2x4s just like the
> rest of us,....
> Certainly a higher percentage of them have knowledge in carpentry
and
> cabnitry, than the rest of the general public, but To assume that
all
> are born with the talent to be a craftsman, is no more intelligent
> than any other stereotype you can think of.
>
> I hope I have put this well enough to assure that that this is
not
> a view of prejudice in any way, and I dont intend to offend anyone,
> just present a logical view on the topic.
> Jared
>
• I do not intend to ruffle any feathers, it is just that I have gained a greater insight on the various amish beliefs in my area since I have been suurounded by
Message 15 of 23 , Apr 8, 2006
I do not intend to ruffle any feathers, it is just that I have gained
a greater insight on the various amish beliefs in my area since I have
been suurounded by them. The ones next door to me are most
conservative, thay wont even use covered buggies, thay go down the
road when its below zero, holding an umbrella in front of them. They
follow many other stringent rules, but they do ride in other peoples
cars and come over to use my telephone, and like I said, use the same
tools in thier cabinet shop as I do. All powered by a line shaft with
a diesel engine at the end of the building. Another local sect is
much less conservative and I know many of them how drink coffee, smoke
or chew tobbacco, and converse casually and jokingly with others, I
have no judgemental view on any of this, its just when you really look
at it, some of them really live something of a life of reenactment,
with certain provisions. Not disimilar from sca, were we follow
certain rules that work for most, but not willing to give up all
convieniences.
This is a concept most of us could ponder, how inclined would we be
to do things, authenticly, in period fashion, if we had to do it all
the time, and the easy way was right there and available, all the time.
The thing about any Amish work or woodwork, that people dont realize
is that they will always do things as efficiently as they can within
thier rules, they are not foolish, instead, fitting between the
guidlines they live by makes them more inginuitive, they have to
figure out how to modify all modern equiptment to run on stationary
engines, or build thier own. The largest amish sawmill, a few miles
from me, has a hydralic log clam mounted on a chasis with steel wheels
drawn by a team of horses.
The whole thing strikes me as one giant anochronism

This is a far different view from many of my nieghbors, who have
nothing good to say about them and are very unhappy that they moved
into the valley. As far as I can tell this is nothing more than " I
dont like them cause thier different" type of mentality. Myself, I
would much rather have a neighbor who was bound to a life of honesty
and hard work, than say, someone who intended to move in and start a
meth lab ( thier quite the rage in wisconsin right now).

As far as perception of Amish quality being tied to scripture, I
dont know anyone who is really familiar with what scipture it is that
dictates what amish live by, so I doubt its possble that any of the
buyers have given it any thought whatsoever. I am very familiar with
biblical scripture myself, and attempt to live by it, but I wouldnt
say it decieds my quality of work, rather its my personal integrity
that is attached to everything I make that holds me to quality. I
feel personaly reaponsible for my work, and anyone who buys it should
be happy with it, and it should work properly. Most likely this value
of integrity comes from my christian upbringing, my father said and
lived by, "anything worth doing is worth doing right". If an Amish
man's dedication to quaility is tied to scripture, or tied to personal
standards, I could not possibly say, its just that I doubt that most
any of the consumers have ever consdered the manor with such depth.

If the rest of the world could live by "all things done well"
regardless of what god they believed in, if any, it would be a good start.
. Jared
Riesenweber

> I hope I have put this well enough to assure that that this is
nota view of prejudice in any way, and I dont intend to offend
anyone,just present a logical view on the topic.
> COMMENT
> Jared,
> that's a most interesting Post.
>
> Do you think that the perception of "Amish quality" might have
something to do with their Tenets - "All things done well for the
Glory of God"? - and - "Not unto us the praise, but unto God, who hath
guided our unworthy hands in His Work?"
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> Yours in Service,
> Matthew
> ["Messire Matthew Baker", Governor & Castellan of Jersey, 1486-1497:
> Motto - "Si vis pacem, para bellum" (Trans:-"if you wish for
Peace, prepare for War") ]
> aka. - Julian Wilson, - late-medieval Re-enactor; Herald,
Historian, & Master Artisan to
> "The Companie of the Duke's Leopards",
> [the Island of "olde" Jersey's only mediæval living-history Group]
> Meet us at < www.dukesleopards.org >"
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• --Eirikr It s more that you inspired me to voice my opinion on the topic than that I am saying you were wrong. Very seldom is anyone, or any statement 100%
Message 16 of 23 , Apr 8, 2006
--Eirikr
It's more that you inspired me to voice my opinion on the topic
than that I am saying you were wrong. Very seldom is anyone, or any
statement 100% right or wrong. Im not sure that you even need to
stand to be corrected, since you show no ignorance whatsoever.
Jared

- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "Eric" <ewdysar@...> wrote:
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> Jared,
>
> Your point is well taken. I did make the assumption that if they
> were milling green oak for sale, that they would have done similar
> milling before, and also assumed that thay would have used the
> material for their own purposes before and would be familiar with
> the appropriate techniques, not genetically imprinted, but gained
> though acquired experience.
>
> So, this is a good reminder to discuss people's experience with your
> specific project in mind when considering getting help, paid or
> not. One's perceived reputation or skill won't necessarily help
> when deep in a project, past work and/or references are probably
> more reliable.
>
> Standing corrected from positive prejudice,
> Eirikr
>
> --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "Jared" <tudweber_jr@>
> wrote:
> >
> > "If the woodworkers that are supplying the wood will also be
> > participating in the build, you should have nothing to worry about.
> > They've probably got more experience working with the lumber that
> > you're ordering than anyone else you could find in this country.
> > Though your building may look different than their typical work,
> let
> > them have free run on the techniques of the frame, they should be
> > masters on this task compared to the combined experience from this
> > board (no insult intended to anyone here)."
> >
> >
> > Not that I am any expert on timberframe, but my next door
> > neighbors are amish, and of course build thier own houses with larg
> > groups of men very quickly. But they use milled 2x4s just like the
> > rest of us,....
> > Certainly a higher percentage of them have knowledge in carpentry
> and
> > cabnitry, than the rest of the general public, but To assume that
> all
> > are born with the talent to be a craftsman, is no more intelligent
> > than any other stereotype you can think of.
> >
> > I hope I have put this well enough to assure that that this is
> not
> > a view of prejudice in any way, and I dont intend to offend anyone,
> > just present a logical view on the topic.
> > Jared
> >
>
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