So, starting a new page at this Alder Farm, I would like to say again that the mushroom farm idea has been replaced mostly with the idea of this Community Shop facility. Something good for the locals to share, and hopefully care for when I have shuffled off. My dream, if not producing shiitakes or whatever, is to produce something of high quality in a sustainable manner, as a cooperative, worker owned, company.
Today's plan is to start building some kind of trusswork to stiffen the tops of the posts and keep the overall structure stable, as with no walls, such a structure will be a wing when the big winds come. I could get by with just some big knee bracing all around, but I want some structure to stand lumber on end against. So, I'm thinking that a trusswork scheme with its bottom cord about five feet below the top of the top beams would be nearly nine feet above the ground, and could support standing up ten foot lumber, as I rarely cut anything shorter than ten feet. I don't cut much over 16 feet, so even that will be able to stand between the roof trusses near the center of the shelter.
I'm going to add another post to the north side because there will never be access from that side. The east, west, and south sides must stay open, though nine feet will be plenty open for the future when this will become where the sawmill sits. It will be nice to have a roof over it someday, when the shop is finally built, and the lumber will be used up or in there. The twenty foot open south side will allow long logs to be moved to the mill. The open east and west ends will allow the mill to be moved in and out, as the drive approaches from the west, and there will be a large door on the shop just out the east end. So, lumber coming off the mill can go straight into the first floor of the shop building, via a roller conveyor, where it can then be stacked for slow drying.
Edited by Alder Logs, 08 August 2017 - 09:43 AM.