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Blog entry by RobH posted 07-27-2008 07:30 AM 1803 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all,

I just had to show this off. The family and I went to the Orange County, VA fair today. This is an old fashioned agricultural fair that is held on the grounds of Montpelier, President James and former First Lady Dolly Madison’s home near Orange, VA. The kids had a blast looking at the animals, going to the petting zoo, and doing other things that they had to do.

While we were there, my oldest spotted a Virginia State Forestry Service booth with a log and several two-man cross-cut saws laying up against it. He wanted to try to saw the log. In order to keep from discouraging him we went over and gave it a try. My wife took a little video of us sawing on that log. Here is is for your viewing pleasure.

Shortly after this an older man from the AARP booth came over to give him a hand. He was getting tired and not pulling good. So, he got to finish it off.

We brought the disk home as a souvenir. I am going to make one radial slit in it and try to dry it so that it does not split badly. Anyone got any ideas on how I can do that? I was told today by someone that there was something I could soak it in that would do the trick. He, unfortunately could not remember the name of the stuff. I would really appreciate any ideas here.

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed. I think I have a real future woodworker here.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 07-27-2008 07:39 AM

can you m explain which knows.the grounds of Montpelier

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#2 posted 07-27-2008 07:41 AM

I love this kind of stuff.

You’ve got a pretty good frame in your movie at about 45 seconds left where you have a both of you with hands working the saw.

Print and work it into a frame with the chip and you have a memory for a lifetime…


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#3 posted 07-27-2008 08:18 AM

I think you mean . . . PEG . . . which I believe stands for Poly Etholyn Glycol or something very like it. Google PEG to confirm my feeble recall.

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#4 posted 07-27-2008 12:51 PM

a wonderful memory… I can hear you now in about 20 years, reminding him of his strength and endurance :)
A great memory.

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#5 posted 07-27-2008 02:50 PM

i use a product called anchorseal on all my green wood, it dries a little waxie but works great.

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#6 posted 07-27-2008 02:58 PM

You may try soaking it in denatured alcohol. That is how I have been drying green bowls that I have turned.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 07-27-2008 08:54 PM

You can also paint it with white paint and let it sit for a year or so. This will help it dry out slow so it wont crack as bad. By the way that looks like alot of fun and something your son will have forever. What a great Dad!!!!!!!!!

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#8 posted 07-31-2008 03:54 AM

I personnally have had no luck with crosscut rounds this summer, they keep splitting even though I paint them with Anchorseal, must be the heat…..I dunno I am at a loss but will keep trying….think I will knock off the bark, paint the edges also, and store them in a cooler place and let them dry a little slower, it was 102 today :) These are the kind of memories that will last forever “Dad”..

Be Well…

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#9 posted 08-05-2008 04:53 AM

I have used Pentryloil which you paint on with a brush and just apply very liberally until it will not soak up any more.


-- Charlotte, Tennessee. A toothpick or a forest...I see a project in each.

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 06:33 AM

I’ve heard of a product called pentacryl you could soak it in. Never used it, but heard it might work out well. Other than that leave the bark on, and put it into a cool dark place, preferably covered. Make sure it isn’t indoors over the winter, that dry heat will open the cracks right up. If your going to make a relief cut I would suggest doing it with a reciprocating saw with the thinnest blade possible. Another method is to start a crack with a hatched, and allow it to expand naturally. With either of these methods you can pre determine where it will crack, most of the time.

Good luck!

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