Scott Wunder of WunderWoods does wonderful things with urban wood. Based in St. Charles, MO, Wunder not only creates custom woodwork, he saws logs from local trees he salvages and authors a a regular blog chronicling his business, selected cool custom projects and how-to do stuff, like choose a wood finish. His writings rarely fail to include a good dose of humor.
Such is certainly the case with a blog Wunder posted on New Year’s Day titled, Lucas Sawmill Is Small But Mighty.” It delves into how and why he chose to purchase a Lucas sawmill made in Australia and how he uses it.
This is what he writes about his initial reaction to his investment.
“I went to pick up the more than $10,000 sawmill at the shipping terminal, and I couldn’t help but feel like I way overpaid for the amount of merchandise I picked up (Did I mentioned that it fits in the bed of my pickup truck?). There was only a saw head, two long rails, and a few other miscellaneous metal parts that formed the frame ends. Besides that, the kit included a sharpener and some other odds and ends, but none of it added up to very much. I started doing the cost per piece arithmetic in my head, and it wasn’t looking good.”
Wunder’s opinion soon changed after he set up the Lucas in his backyard.
“After just a short time reviewing the directions, I had the sawmill set up and ready to cut. Even for someone who had never set one up, the Lucas went together fast. It was then that I realized what I had paid for. I didn’t pay for lots and lots of parts and extra bulk. I paid for an impressively designed machine, with an amazingly small stature, than can tackle the biggest logs. I paid for all of the research and design that went into the mill by the Lucas boys, and I paid to not lug around thousands of extra pounds, and I paid for everything to go together with minimal effort and a minimal number of steps. I got all of that and more.”