We have been fortunate to have been donated a number of professional power tools from a workshop that has closed.
We have inherited two table saws, a band saw, a planer thichknesser, and a woodturning lathe.
All the machines are powered by heavy duty three phase motors. There is no way our rather old small generator can cope with this type of load.
After much thinking (yes, we can), and consultation, the way forward seems to be to replace the drive motors with single phase units, and getting a more powerful generator.
OurChristmas sale of log reindeer, snowmen, and LED mushrooms raised enough money to buy new motors, pulleys, and drive belts for at least three of the machines. The drive is now on for a new generator.
We have been advised that we need a generatot of at least 9 KVA output to reliably power these tools. A suitable unit would cost about £3,500, so this is what we are aiming for. If we could get a second hand unit, it might be a lot cheaper, but they are hard to come by. This is our next big funding target!
We are working with the Milton Community Woodland Trust to bring the log cabins back into full use by the local community including schools etc. Although there is a working composting toilet on site we feel this is not suitable for parties of school children and other groups. Also the water collected from the roof and filtered is not safe for drinking.
We have decided to start a project to bring mains water and adequate toilet facilities to the site. We have estimated that this will cost around £7000.00 - this assumes we will do all pipe laying, trench digging and construction of the toilet block ourselves.
Using wood donated by Carbon Dynamic and Evanton Sawmill, we have made a start on the construction of the toilet building. As you can see, the outer structure is almost complete.