Here is my second ‘official’ wood working project. I also want to share a bit about my process and why I am doing this crazy hobby! (given in reverse order)
1. Wood grows all around me, and it’s cheap!
2. Due to some financial difficulties, my other hobbies had to sold off and the checks from work are a LOT smaller to pay down some debt.
3. My Grandfather built half of the town I grew up in, and there is a big connection to him as he built our dinning room table, and EVERYONE loves it, simple shaker leg long table.
4. I love to use the Chainsaw, and its super cheap to run too.
5. I think it is incredibly challenging, rewarding, and uses my own two hands to make something from scratch!
Ok, blah blah blah, onto the photo’s of this board.
1. This is reclaimed wood, from a portion of a property that was being cleared for a maintenance road. I just happened to find a few good pieces of maple sitting on the side of the road and threw them in the car. (well lifted HEAVY SHIT into my car) Probably had been down for about a year when I found them. The holly I purchased a 15’ long 9” diameter log that tapered to 4” for 35$ and cut it down on the bandsaw last fall, both the crotch and the holly have been drying in the garage for at least 4 months. (not great, I know, but hey, it’s only wood)
2. I ripped the crotch with the chainsaw free-hand, no guides nothing. (mistake but what are you going to do?)
3. I then band-sawed the piece you see below here on a saw from 1919, with a 1/2 hp motor and a 2 tpi blade with an 8” resaw capability.
4. I then took the piece above and started hand-planing it down. I created a make-shift bench out of a picnic table at my work with a few clamps and a bench hook. Nothing I could do but use hand planes, as I don’t have a planer or a jointer or even a hand-held electric planer. For the ‘big stuff’ and hogging off material, I may need to find a cheaper hand-held planer on craigslist and see if it helps in my process.
So far, this is where I am at, I have one coat of amber shellac on the crotch, and choose not to put any finish on the holly wood. Glue up was with hide glue. Another few coats of shellac should help, and a final polish with wax for the whole piece to help the holly stay ‘ok’ and food safe.