sounding board Our bulletin board for letters, comments, and timely updates Solar kiln plan leads to career as sawyer Back in June 1994 (issue 70), you was outstanding! I dried all showed a diagram of a wood-drying of my lumber, and some for solar kiln (see photo, below). In a way, a few customers. that article changed my life and allowed The next year, I leased me and my wife, Patty, to start a new my friend’s mill and dried woodworking business. 6,000 board feet of lumber Several years ago, I hired a friend for myself and for a growing with a portable mill to cut lumber from number of customers. trees on our farm. I needed to dry the In November of 1998, I lumber, so I ordered plans and built bought my friend’s sawmill, your kiln. right, and his dehydration The kiln, which I built on skids for kiln to keep up with portability, came out great. My first requests for custom-drying. A Wood-Mizer bandsaw mill, located in an open-sided attempt at drying, though, was a disas- As my volume of work shed, makes Mark Shupe’s setup complete, allowing ter. Heavy rains caused one corner of increased, I needed more him to cut logs into lumber before kiln drying. the kiln to settle, so the whole load kiln space. In 2001, we built twisted and warped as it dried. a 3,000-board-foot solar kiln, shown What was just a hobby has become a I fixed and leveled the kiln, and cut a below, based on your original design. business. We stay booked for months at a batch of new stickers. The next load It works great. time with custom milling and drying. It’s all thanks to that one simple article. —Mark Shupe, Toledo, Ill. Mark Shupe now dries enough stock to fill his original WOOD ® magazine solar kiln, left; his Note: To order plans for our 1,000- new, super-size solar unit, right, board-foot-capacity solar kiln, a copy of that holds 3,000 board feet of the original article, a materials list, and lumber; and a commercial dehydration kiln, not shown. information about drying, send $9.95 to: Great job, Mark. Keep that Solar Kiln, WOOD PLANS®, PO Box 349, beautiful lumber coming. Kalona, IA 52247; or call 888/636-4478. Promote your woodworking event online through WOOD Extra Have a large-scale woodworking event WOOD Extra subscribers using an inter- to: WOOD Extra Calendar, 1716 Locust coming up in your area? Let the world active regional map. St., GA-310, Des Moines, IA 50309-3023. know using the calendar at WOOD Extra, To get your event posted online, send To become a WOOD Extra subscriber, our new online woodworking magazine. us the event name, location, dates, and go to www.woodextra.com. Whether it’s a woodworking gallery contact information (both telephone and opening, a craft show with a strong wood- e-mail, if possible). You can reach us working presence, or an event for a large by e-mail at email@example.com, Write Us! club, we’ll post it free. or you can mail the Do you have comments, criticisms, suggestions, Then we will make it information, as far in or maybe even a compliment specifically relating to available to our advance as possible, an article that appeared in WOOD® magazine? Please write to: Tool-test update Sounding Board WOOD magazine •7 mid-priced bandsaws (issue 144, p. 78): 1716 Locust St., GA-310 The horsepower rating for the Jet JWBS-16 is 11⁄2 hp. Des Moines, IA 50309-3023 Get article information online Or, if you prefer, you can send us an e-mail at Do you have a question on a project? You’ll find a complete listing, from issue 1 through today, of all known firstname.lastname@example.org. updates to past WOOD magazine projects on our Web site at www.woodmagazine.com. Just click on WOOD Due to the volume of letters and e-mails we magazine on the left side of the screen. Then select Editorial Extras from the options on the next screen. receive, we can respond to and publish only 6 those of the greatest interest to our readers.
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