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Blog entry by Woodshopfreak posted 04-08-2008 05:26 AM 1216 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before you look at this picture just think of what you amagin firewood as. Some terrible wood that kmart is trying to get rid of . Well think again, after a little band sawing, jointing, and riping, I have a nicely milled peice of Red Oak. Thats right Red Oak. It is a shame we burn these things because underneath it is truly beautiful. This is my first time milling lumber from a log so to speak, so this has been a great experience. It is fun to see the end product compared to the begining thing. You should try it too. My dad got about 6 bundles each only $1.50. The amount of wood you could get out of it could actually be more than the firewood is worth. Check it out. Some may not find it to exiteing but for me it was pretty cool to find what the log really was!



-- Tyler, Illinois

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#1 posted 04-08-2008 05:34 AM

I’ve found some amazing wood in the firewood pile, definately worth giving every piece a once over before condemning it to oblivion.

Good job, and great lesson learned!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 04-08-2008 11:34 AM


You have a nice piece of wood there. Taking wood from tree to trim is an enjoyable experience and it is something to get excited about. Wood is such a wonderful medium with which to work but even more so when you uncover its beauty hidden beneath the bark covering. I hope you come across a piece of figured or spalted wood in the “wood pile” one day and bring out its true beauty.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-08-2008 11:59 AM

cool. finding a diamond in the rough…

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 02:00 PM

Oh boy have I dragged some beauties out of the “fire wood pile”...10,000’s of bft. Nice piece of oak there. Makes you want to salvage more doesn’t it?

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 03:15 PM

Very nice Tyler… you start doing that and you’ll never look at wood that people throw away the same again. Old pallets (Watch for Nails!!), you’re neighbors brush pile… in your case- cheap bundled firewood. I’ve found some nasty looking wood that was unbelievablely awesome once it was cut into. Finding those jems is very rewarding… once you find an old piece of wood that was condemned to be burned and you save it, only to make something nice out of it, makes the wood go, “PHEW!! THANKS!!!... That was a close one!!”

(You did a good job milling it, too, by the way!)

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

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 07:54 PM

I would like to think that a woodworker, who relies on wood heat in the winter, think twice about what they burn. And I am sure that there are some, who do not know the diference between one log or the other, would burn anything they can. Oooo, I cannot about it.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 04-08-2008 07:56 PM

It is nice making something out of a log!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 04-09-2008 01:44 AM

Great find Tyler.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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