Just before Christmas we had a warm spell pushed on by an Alberta Clipper it was about 4 degrees Celsius when normally it is -15 or thereabouts. The last several days we’ve seen -38 with -53 windchills…I love winter but even that is a bit much to be out and about in. So what does any sane lumberjock do when it is -15 in the shop with the wind saying there is no hope of you heating your shop to something where you can actually dare turn on the flourescents in the shop (for you warm weather folks flourescents don’t work when they get below a certain temperature)...a sane lumberjock cranks up the fire place plops down in front with a good beverage and fires up the old web browser and checks out what all the other LJs are doing.
Thanks to Jeff I saw this http://lumberjocks.com/projects/94514#first-new really cool project. I thought to myself, this is something I could do in the house with just hand tools. So after checking out the video links in Jeff’s project off I went to the local lumber store (all of my stock was either froze solid or of dubious grain (according to the videos), I go to Windsor Plywood first as they have the best selection here in Brandon (I am now kicking myself that I didn’t chase down the Ash that Barry (http://lumberjocks.com/MrSupercrowe) had during the summer) but they didn’t have any wood that met the type of grain that the fellow in the video explained was suitable for making a bow from. But I figured I am just experimenting anyway so I’ll build a prototype and keep looking for good stock in the mean time.
So I bought this:
It was 99 cents a foot, so for 6 bucks I had my stock. Now it is a type of wood that I didn’t know even existed and may be completely unsuitable for a bow but its -53 out there and I need to make some sawdust. The helpful clerk explained to me that this is amongst the most allergenic woods out there and is about as hard as purple heart. So I have the ‘perfect’ piece of wood with grain that is just bizarre, as hard as all get out (maybe I should be using my frozen wood as it may be easier to work) and to top it off the wood may be toxic and send me into anaphylactic shock in the middle of my house shop…err kitchen :-) What could possibly go wrong with this project :-)?
I am going to go back now and grab the dimensions from the videos and then lay out my stock and see just how hard this. Happy New Year everyone!
-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2