Mortise and Tenon make a porno

A rehab in pictures…

The old sawmill had seen better days…

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A larger box mill was added to original sawmill. Both had been stabilized until work resumed.

Its restoration would include as much of the original timber and sheathing as possible-

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There’s a lot of assessing when determining which of the old timbers can be reused.

Joinery notes or a martini recipe? You decide-

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Wanted: Oak and pine timber with an early 19th-century aspect:

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Plans worked out and timbers hewn, it was time to cut.

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We are not adverse to machines-

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Though certain joints are cut in the old style:

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A pin will crash this party between mortise and tenon-

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Cutting is relatively easy, relative to layout that is…

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The beefy top of a jowled post.

The slow dance of trial fitting…

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Here, Pret replaces the forlorn end of an old tie beam.

New life for old ties-

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The beam in context with its new post:

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A sweet little brace with perfectly swept grain is still perfectly functional-

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Now that the majority of the sawmill’s frame was cut, the North Bennet Street School Preservation Carpentry Program helped us to raise it.

First the long walls–

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Then the tie beams-

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Hatch Mill volunteer and photographer Bill Powell captures the action-

 

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And good men who had been steadfast in their vision and support of this old up-and-down sawmill took a moment to enjoy the progress at day’s end-

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Dean and Roy, two of several people who refuse to let Hatch Mill die.

 Time to cover the new (old) frame-

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 The roof sheathing was also a mix of old and new:

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September’s fair weather allowed us to make hay-

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 The NBSS students returned to get their shingling technique on-

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There was good progress after a couple of days-

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Preservation student Emily made a great video of the NBSS contributions:

MLB Restorations returned after a week of dreary October weather to finish roofing and start on sidewalls-

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 And with the help of many, what once was…

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Continued a return to its former–if humble–glory.

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For more information on the restoration of The Hatch Mill, please visit:

http://hatchmill.com/ 

or The Hatchmill Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hatch-Mill/364489727000021

 

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8 thoughts on “Mortise and Tenon make a porno

  1. Shelley-Jo says:

    Rick, once again, the best few minutes of my day are reading about your adventures in oak. Keep it coming.

  2. francedozois says:

    tres complique and I hate gifs

  3. Always love your posts, Rick. That gif of Pret with the salvaged post is pretty sweet!

    • Rick says:

      I appreciate that John. The scarfed piece was like Legos for timber framers–Pret just kept cutting squares and shoulders til he found good wood.

  4. Richard Dort says:

    HI Guys, Thanks for the update on the old mill. It is good to see another sash mill that will soon be turning out lumber again. If you want to see another working sash mill come on up the Maine and see the one at the Maine Forest and Lumber Museum in Bradley at one of our events next year. I got to help rebuild the water wheel about four years ago. There is video out there of it working if you wish to see it.

    Richard

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