Well all 17 metres of Gum tree (see this post) have been sliced and are sitting in my drying room. In my previous posts I showed some of the beautiful slabs I cut out of logs that would otherwise have landed in the garbage dump, and just for kicks, here are a few more. ... And here are some pics of the process....Now we wait for many months until they are dry enough to be turned into projects.
So, yesterday while slabbing some Eucalyptus where is was felled in town, our local feller stopped by to ask if I wanted some log sections of a tree they had just felled. When I asked what it was he didn’t know, but promised to fine out from one of our local tree experts. True to his word, he drove by half an hour later and told me it was New Zealand Kauri Pine. I knew nothing about it, but his best chainsaw man told me it was quite hard, and the sample he had with him looked quite...
We all (should) know that wood naturally has some internal stresses that on occasion cause the wood to warp in various ways. These stresses NORMALLY tend to surface during moisture changes or sometimes during removal of sections of a board or plank. Well yesterday wood stress nearly made me cr@p myself. So there I was, happily slabbing away at some beautiful Eucalyptus (see previous 2 posts). Relief was coursing through me as I neared the end of a cut knowing I could take a few minute...
I have only ever dealt with smallish pieces of already dried Saligna, and my current slabbing operation is teaching me a few things.First – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus is HARD. It took us about 30-40 minutes to cut each of the approximately 3m slabs.Second – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus dulls chainsaw blades quite quickly. I was getting less than 2 slabs per sharpening. That’s ridiculous - I slabbed the whole Yellowwood trunk without needing to sharpen the chain even once.Third – S...
Yesterday, just for interest, I measured the trunk sections that were given to me for milling. These 7 pieces of tree trunk total a touch over 17 metres..The smallest diameter is at the tailgate and is 175mm (7”) and the largest trunk diameter (in the foreground) excluding the sections that stick out from branches is 630mm (25”). Sections of chopped off branches protrude up to 300mm from the main trunk, and are giving me a few issues as my Alaskan can only handle 600mm wide cu...
Our local tree feller called unexpectedly yesterday to ask if I would like some Eucalyptus that was going to go to the dump, but they couldn’t bear to see such good wood go to waste. Obviously the answer was yes !!!!!! So they brought me a trailer load of old dry trunk sections, some of which have started rotting on the outer sections. There is still some good usable wood inside, so it is on my list to do. After I showed them the Yellowwood they brought me a couple of weeks ago,...
Further to my Yellowwood windfall, I slabbed the first log yesterday. I chose to cut the largest of the “small” pieces, as it promised to contain an interesting crotch grain. I carefully measured my cuts to get as close as possible to the centre lines of the main trunk and the forks to get a book matched pair of slabs at the centre. First cutYes, interesting crotch grain. Book matched centreI set these two in the sun for this photo as the pictures in the shade are quite ...
I received an unexpected call this morning from our local tree-feller asking me if I would be interested in some discount wood. They had felled a Yellowwood tree, and the proposed buyer had left town for a couple of weeks, so they turned to me. Please understand that Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius) is South Africa’s National tree, and is endangered. It may only be felled by special permit. The most recent commercial price list I can find shows Yellowwood planks in less than...
I didn’t get to the Wild Plum on the weekend due to other more pressing matters that demanded my time. Fortunately, the Council hadn’t tackled the fallen tree yet, apart from clearing up some of the mess..The Trunk behind me in this pic is the one I slabbed today..I had to cut some pieces off .to make it possible to slab the tree.. Step 1Attach a guide rail to the log and start the Alaskan jig on the rail ensuring that the chain is set far enough down to miss the screws holdin...
My nephew told me yesterday afternoon, that a tree had been blown over during the very high winds we had 2 days ago, and he thought it was a Yellowwood tree. Needless to say, I jumped into the car and sped off to confirm his suspicion. Unfortunately he was wrong, it was a Wild Plum tree (Harpephyllum Caffrum). It fell over outside our local court about 80 metres from where a Wild Plum had fallen over about 2 years ago. Fortunately for me, when that previous one fell, the council’s ch...
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