I just read the post about we need more posts....so:
I need more time....it is a wonder I have time to read the posts, and yes, I read every post, on this site and 3 others in our family, (contractortalk.com, diychatroom, and saw&timber.com).
Just so you guys know, I haven't posted anything in awhile since I haven't been near my woodshop or my mill since last winter....never enough time, especially since as a general contractor with a 6 month backlog of work, it is hard to get time when you aren't dead tired to get out in the shop. I was down watering the horses today and looked at my log pile (would make you drool, Daren) and thinking I have a weeks worth of sawing to get done. I am clearing timber for our new home site, building two new custom homes currently, and five steel buildings, plus a few remodels and commercial projects. I expanded our construction work by adding an insulation service and wrecking buildings, as if I didn't have enough to do...oh yeah, backhoe and bobcat service as well.....
Now, if I had time, this is what I would be doing:
I have some beautiful black walnut that I sawed 2 years ago, ready to go, 8% moisture, and I need to build three grandfather clocks, mission style, for gifts for Christmas.....three more cedar chests (and Daren, I have boards like you do, 16 feet long and clear, makes beautiful chests), plus the trim work for our new home, and the 4000 board feet of cedar we are going to panel parts of the interior with...all to be rough sawn. I was given 4 cottonwood trees, 4+ feet in diameter by 30+ foot long sawlogs, to go and get, and I have a lead on a bunch of walnut trees that I can't even get the time to go look at.....geez!
So, if you guys had the time, what would you be building?