Rescued Wood #6: Yellowwood Slabbed

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 01-06-2010 03:46 PM 1845 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Further to my Yellowwood windfall, I slabbed the first log yesterday. I chose to cut the largest of the “small” pieces, as it promised to contain an interesting crotch grain.

I carefully measured my cuts to get as close as possible to the centre lines of the main trunk and the forks to get a book matched pair of slabs at the centre.

First cut
Yes, interesting crotch grain


Book matched centre
I set these two in the sun for this photo as the pictures in the shade are quite muted.


The whole log after slabbing


Side view of the collection.


These slabs are about 1m long and 30 to 50 cm wide, and 45mm thick.

Unfortunately the very distinct differences in the grain faded a little as the surface dried a bit, but I’m sure it will show up well when it is finished.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 03:53 PM

This wood certainly has some interesting figure to it. It looks like you are having fun milling your own lumber. I have always thought this would be interesting to do. I can certainly envision some interesting projects from the crotch wood that will have lots of character.

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 05:46 PM

Great job, I’m new to this what systym do you use and how expensive is it to get into cutting your own wood? JIM

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 09:30 PM

Hey Jim,

I made my own Alaskan Mill that I attach to my chainsaw. I have no idea how much they cost if you buy one new, but mine cost me less than $30 plus time.

The biggest cost would be the chainsaw.

Check my earlier blogs for the details of the Alaskan and how I use it.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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