Last year I got a pile of Ash logs from the city when they were taking down beetle infested trees in my neighborhood.
I’ve been using bits of it here and there for small projects and barbecues.
I’m doing a small table for my lady and have taken photos of my process for milling firewood sized chunks into thin slats for a rustic tabletop.
Here be the log:
I use the jointer to square two sides. All I need is two flat and square reference surfaces to register against the fence and table while I rip down the really barky stuff:
I knock off the corners while guiding the log with my push plank. I started building a regular old push stick one day, and after fitting the handle I decided I like the extra length and weight on the front to really help guide the whole length of stock I’m feeding through:
A lot of these trees are being taken down to slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Beetle. This tree was very likely to die on it’s own pretty soon:
Now it’s starting to look like proper lumber:
I use the push plank to rip thin slats, or whatever size material I’ll be needing.
Here we have the slats stickered up to dry. At about 1/4” thick, and with Ash naturally having a pretty low moisture content, these should be ready to use in a day or two:
I like to use thin slats like this for shelves, tabletops, box bottoms, and anywhere else I can think of:
Thanks for looking!
-- Jesse --