In addition to wood working, I am very involved with the Boy Scouts of America. Both of my sons are Boy Scouts and I am currently an Assistant Scout Master. One of our Eagle Scout Candidates recently completed his Eagle project that involved removing an “old” Cedar Rail Fence. Rather than see all of this beautifully aged cedar turn into firewood; I offered to take it and repurpose it into projects.
I love to make outdoor furniture and will post entries here as I start and complete individual projects. I started making outdoor furniture (and other projects) mainly for myself and family. When we put our kids in private school I was asked to make something for their annual auction. The response was incredible! I was really blown away by the “sale” price of my work. Granted the price is inflated as it was a live charity auction; but I was approached by a number of people asking if I would consider making items for profit. I always said no thank you.
For this last year’s auction I designed and made a potters table that really attracted alot of attention. People were offering to pay me the auction price to build them. Again I humbly and politely refused, feeling it might take some of the joy out of my hobby.
Well…I am now considering it. I am thinking that each of these projects will be used to build a catalog.
I am also thinking about a dining room table; but I am not sure how well cedar will work for that.
All of the wood is rough sawn 2X6, 4X6, and 6X6. The 2X6’s were 16 feet long. I had to cut them down to transport them home. After cutting out the unusable parts I ended up with over 85 eight foot 2X6s and a small assortment of 4X6 and 6X6. (Iwill post pictures shortly).
My first task will be resawing the wood into usable pieces. To accomplish this I am justifying the purchase of a bandsaw. I have decided; although I haven’t bought it yet, on the Grizzly Polar Bear 14 inch with the 6 inch riser block. My plan is to buy this on my next day off while the sale is still on, Sep 23. I live a couple of hours away from the Bellingham warehouse.
More to come…
-- Chris, Bremerton, WA