Coff, ummm, More lumber on the way....

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Blog entry by Sac posted 07-17-2008 01:30 PM 10528 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good morning fellow LJ’s! Well today I go for the 1911 Baldwin Piano. Yesterday was a wasted day in the shop. But I did manage to get all of the ecoboard cut down. I forget who mentioned in my last entry but it is a great place to go. I signup on two local ones on Tuesday evening. And found another resource for the local swap and shop. So I signed up there also and posted alot of items for trade or sale for lumber and wood working tools. Well I had 3 hits. It looks like I may have finally sld this double oven we have. Also some old servers and an APC. The best though was a trade someone offered me for my laptop and the expansion base.

Yesterday afternoon I went to look at some lumber. All is rough cut. Oak-Chestnut, Hickory,Sassafras, Red Oak, White oak and some ash. We talked awhile and then I showed my laptop and we took a look at the wood. I’ll be restoring the laptop to it’s original state today. On Sat. I’ll be trading it for 1200 bf. So no more lumber after this load for some time.

Now I’ll need to go ahead and buy some blades and belts for the Ryobi Planer since it looks like it will get a real work out. Alot of that wood and the other wood I got a few weeks ago I am going to have re-sawed. The fellow at the local saw mill will re-saw all I bring him for $50 an hr. Not bad considering I’ll double about 1/2 my supply.

Also in the trade he is going to supply labor for the piano loading. So it was a ghood day even though I didn’t get to work in the shop yesterday. One thing I have grown accustomed to is the smell of the shop when I walk into it the first time each day. It reminds me of the feeling I had when I worked with the airlines. When getting to work at 5am and heading out to crank up the auxillirary power unit on the over night aircraft and that smell of jet fuel in the mornings. :-)

I hope you hall have a great day! Off to restore this laptop and to finish the drawers for the workbench before I get that piano.

-- Jerry

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 07-17-2008 02:32 PM

Good morning Sac,

How’s the coffee this morning… mines from the canteen here so its hot…
Sounds like a pretty good score on the various hardwoods. When I first read that you were trading an APC I thought ‘Armoured Personnel Carrier’ would he get one of those and why would he trade it… :-)

Looks like I am going to have to sharpen (and remove nicks) from both my jointer’s and planer’s blades as I was working on a table for my son and noticed that every board was coming out with wee little ridges. Its a great opportunity to use the hand planer but I have a big project coming up that I do not want to mess up with my rudimentary planing skills, so I’m going to bite the bullet and sharpen the blades.

What is sassafrass like to work?

-- "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

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#2 posted 07-17-2008 02:40 PM

sounds good. thats a lot of lumber there! ahh hickory, i just simply love hickory, its such a beautiful wood!

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#3 posted 07-17-2008 02:47 PM

Howdy guys, hehe yea it is alot of lumber. It has been air dried for 18 months now. Mark I have yet to work with sassafrass or anything other than a little oak and pine from years ago. This sassafrass looks nice. has some dark grains nearer the center. Ummm what ar you going to use to sharpen the planer blades? I hand stone or on a grinder or ?

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 07-17-2008 03:15 PM

‘Morning Jerry,

Sounds like you have a day’s work ahead of you. My guess is that $50/hr is a pretty fair price for resawing the lumber and like you said- you will end up with a bunch more usable stuff!

About that Sassafras, I recently read a story in a wood working magazine- “Woodworkers Journal” I think- about the toxicity of that wood. The article indicated that many folks are allergic to it. Might want to check it out- here is a link I found

Going to have to check out the freecycle place. Sounds like my kind of organization.

Have a good one!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-17-2008 03:23 PM

Judy (a woodworker friend of mine) loaned me a bunch of magazines and in one American Woodworker there is an article about making a sharpening jig for the drill press. I have a monster big King drill press with a three axis vise on it from my days as a diesel mechanic, I figure I can chuck up a grinding wheel in the DP and make a hybrid of the sharpening jig using the three way vise. I think I can slow the DP down enough not to overheat the blades, I can probably rig up some kind of an oiler system if I need to. The magazine is 2003/04 vintage…this one is sitting beside my bed so I can probably actually find it :-)

-- "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

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#6 posted 07-17-2008 04:58 PM

Hey Jerry!

I’ve got my timber full of sassafrass… it smells great. They aren’t too big though, the biggest one I have is about 12” in diameter. All the oak and hickory choke them out, they can’t compete. One of my favorite things to do when I walk thru my woods is to take about 6” of a new green sassafrass limb about 1/4-1/8” in diameter, and I scrape the outside bark off it with my knife… then I chew on it as I walk. Really good stuff…. lol. They say that the roots boiled taste like root beer, but I’ve never tried it….

Don’t work too hard today…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 07-17-2008 08:56 PM

Whew, 2 1/2 hours to get that piano loaded. Done it by myself and it wore me out. Oh we have a lot of sassafrass in east TN Steve and some get prtty large here. We take the roots and make tea with it. The main branches and limbs you can chew on as you mentioned but it is toxic if you boil them or run hot water over them. I love the sassafrass tea. The sassafrass I will be getting some of are 1×10 x20 and some 1×12x20. I’ll cut them all in half to fit on the trailor.

Thanks Lew for those links. Information like that is invaluable. Yea $50/hr. He asked if I could help on some of the hold down. So I’ll be heading up to see him after I get this other lumber home since there are alot of 2×6x20 and 2×8 and 2×10 x20’s of red oak. . Mark that’s a pretty cool Idea. I have a Clark BT1029 and another old one that is on one of the bench’s. I may have to look into the angle required for sharpening the planer blades and put a wheel on it. Good idea about an oil rigger. I’ll be looking into how I can do that. I have a small pump that was used in a tabletop water fountain. I may try it with some 90wgt gear oil and see how slow it trickles out. lol.

Well the Piano would be a project for sure. It is 100% wood. No laminate or veneer anywhere other than the keys. The wood reminds me of mahogany. I’ll get some pictures of it. It’s a 1911 model and it looks rough but sounds great. So I’ll have to decide where I might store it for a bit until I get everything organized. I am pretty sure I will put it in the shed for awhile and maybe turn it into a winter project. I’ve already taken alot of the outside panels off the front. Found more to take off the sides and bottom as well. Cheers folks. Have a great rest of the day.

-- Jerry

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#8 posted 07-17-2008 10:08 PM

Hi Jerry,

That’s some kinda score on the wood. I don’t know what kind of laptop you have but if it’s worth more than $1200 I’d be surprised. At $1200/1200 board feet of lumber, that’s $1/BdFt. In Houston, that laptop is probably worth about $600 at most so that’s an astonishing $.50/BdFt. Way to go!

-- Jim

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#9 posted 07-18-2008 10:30 AM

Hello Jim. Yea it’s an HP XD8000 that comes along with 2 HP xb2000 expansion bases and a travel case. It’s pretty much loaded with all the options at that time. I’ve had it almost 4 years. I do love the 17” display. So I am restoring it with it software today. XP Pro, Office 2003 and some other nice stuff.

Well I had another hit on a piano. I also have help to get the one I saw the other day. Looks like a busy weekend.

-- Jerry

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