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    Keith Walton
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    So i am tired of working with mdf and plywood at my job, I applied to work at the local sawmill/ lumber supplier and was asked to come in Thursday and shadow and check it out. I was so excited, but must admit, I’m a little nervous. I’ve never used commercial equipment like they have. I’ve used a small jointer before and some thickness planers but none on the size and scale I will be doing here. They also use a straight line rip saw and wide belt sander which I have never used either. I know I will like it way more than my last line of work, even though it seems a bit more laborious, but I’m so eager for change and interested in wood and woodworking that I think it will work out. Wish me luck

    #619277
    Keith Walton
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    Well, I enjoyed my first day. I know processing rough lumber is not the most exciting task in the world, but I was very unhappy at my last job. To spend the day watching grain and color emerge as customers looked on in excitement thinking about their project was enjoyable for me. My arms are a bit tired today but my body feels ok, I’m sure I will strengthen up quickly

    #620371
    Keith Walton
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    Had to snap a pic of this colorful oak we were milling up today.

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    Aaron Fore
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    That’s some nice looking lumber. Where is the mill located? I haven’t seen any oak in my area with that type of coloring.

    I spent twenty years working around sawmills, started off-bearing when I was about eight years old. Was head sawyer at a mill by the time I was 25. It sure can be interesting, but also hared work. It’s amazing the difference there is in boards by just turning a log. You can turn #1 Select into Grade 3 pallet lumber by turning at the wrong time. It makes for interesting work. I kind of miss it.

    #630693
    Keith Walton
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    I’m in south central Pennsylvania USA. Yes, I agree, some days are some hard labor that’s for sure. Overall though I’m enjoying it. The access to choice lumber is a major plus for me right now. I’m just a helping hand when on the sawmill at this point, not making any decisions out there. I’m more comfortable inside milling boards for customers and getting orders together.

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