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Buildings and Renovations,Hauling, digging, etc

Cousin Lee Lends a Hand Moving Trees

10 Aug , 2015   Video

Had a family member drop by for a visit earlier in the summer. It was a relaxing to hang out with a person that was in the same mindset with the off-grid lifestyle. Lee and I as children were lucky to travel to the family cottage on weekends. It was the opportunity to make epic tree forts, build sand castles and go fishing all day.
A few days into the visit, Lee offered to give me a hand to move some trees for the future stair project. The trees were just over 50 feet long and weigh around 2500 lbs. We had to use smaller logs as rollers and lumber as levers. Lee and I would rock the tree and my son would use a DC (battery) powered winch to pull the trees. It took a long time, put the trees eventually were moved into position for drying. Next year, the tree will be used as stair runners.
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Music credit: Cielo by Huma-Huma, YouTube Audio library

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Hauling, digging, etc,Heat and Cooling

Using a Winch-in-a-Bag to Move Large Logs

8 Apr , 2015   Video

  • Strap on log
    Strap on log
  • Lay of the land
    Lay of the land
  • 50' Trees
    50' Trees
  • Plywood used to skid the logs
    Plywood used to skid the logs
  • Winch on wood box
    Winch on wood box
  • Two logs hauled
    Two logs hauled
  • Ready to be processed
    Ready to be processed
  • Rollers help the logs
    Rollers help the logs
  • 2000lb rating
    2000lb rating

This portable winch is a must have for an off-grid dweller or off-road explorer. It’s set up to work off a trailer hitch, 12 volt car battery and has a pulling rate of 2000lbs. Picked up last year, on sale, for only $79 dollars (regular $129.99).

The project I needed it for was to move some large logs a distance of 50 feet and up a hill at our off grid cabin. Decided to try the “Winch-in-a-bag”. Since I didn’t have a trailer hitch, I had change the mount for my application. Used a come-a-long hand winch anchored to a tree and the other hook through the trailer hitch base plate. Found a wooden box used for hauling wood scraps and put the winch on it to keep it out of the dirt.

The winch comes with a 30-foot cable, but I still had another 20 feet to go to reach the logs. Found a heavy-duty ratchet and strap in the workshop and used that to snag the logs.

It worked quite well. Had no problem pulling the logs up and didn’t see any safety concerns.

 

 

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Other,Woodworking

How to Build a Log Archway and Cedar Boxes

27 Sep , 2013  

Had a wonderful opportunity to work on a different project for a wedding.

An out-of-town bride and groom wanted to be married under an archway made of logs.

So, to get started, a reference photo was emailed from halfway around the world and the bride asked to have it ready for their wedding in a month.

The criterion was, it had to be portable, tall enough to stand under, but, could also fit inside a standard 8 foot tall ceiling room (in case of rain). With aid of a trade show booth base plates, it was quite easy to come up with a design that could stand up.
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