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Rescued Wood #10: This Stuff is Seriously HARD

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 01-18-2010 12:55 PM 1219 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: 17 metres of Prime Eucalyptus Trunk Part 10 of Rescued Wood series Part 11: Internal Stresses in Wood »

I have only ever dealt with smallish pieces of already dried Saligna, and my current slabbing operation is teaching me a few things.
First – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus is HARD. It took us about 30-40 minutes to cut each of the approximately 3m slabs.
Second – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus dulls chainsaw blades quite quickly. I was getting less than 2 slabs per sharpening. That’s ridiculous - I slabbed the whole Yellowwood trunk without needing to sharpen the chain even once.
Third – Saligna is beautiful and worth the effort I’m putting in.

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This tree has some sections of beautiful straight-grain which will be perfect for furniture legs, shelves, flooring etc. and some sections with beautifully whorled grain perfect for display pieces like counters, doors, table tops etc.

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Just by the way, these colours are accurate although a little muted because the weather was overcast.

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



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Chris Cunanan

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 03:32 PM

looks a lot better than most of the euc. i get around here….there’s too many holes in most of em…hear you on the hardness though, when i was cutting it once i remember thinking “what is this stuff, stone!?”

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 04:35 PM

That is really pretty lumber!! Whatcha gonna build with it?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Gary

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 05:51 PM

That’s really pretty stuff. Hope you post something you make

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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PG_Zac

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 10:56 PM

I think when the wood is dry enough, I’ll make bookshelves, flooring, counters, doors, table tops, balustrades, boxes, – Whatever fills the need at the time.

Maybe the first will be a name board for our new home.

Not to worry – I will post pics when I make projects from this wood.

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

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