Got some free wood today….guess I’ll have to cut it up soon like Monte does. Our cousin had this tree cut down because they have a tendancy to fall down on houses without notice. They call these around here: “water oaks”, they have very shallow roots that will often rot below ground or just let loose when the ground gets too wet or too dry. We had one just like it fall down on the other side of the other neighbors house just a month ago narrowly missing the house. ...
First of all, feel free to educate me on the species of wood I have here. Well, I had to be back to the church in an hour to help prepare for some renovation we are having done so I decided to take a quick trip home. Well, I pulled in to my regular dumpster check. This particular dumpster is one of the long ones. It even has an awning over it. At first I did not see much worth jumping in for. Down at the far end though, I saw a board or two peeking out so I jumped in. I trapsed to the o...
Last weekend I hit the shed pretty hard. I cleared out a lot of old crap and took it to be donated or thrown away. Then I built my first work bench out of the 4×4s and other scrap wood I scored from work. It is a really simple design that I saw on Stevin’s YouTube channel wood working for mere mortals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQWY7Pi4v-M&feature=youtube_gdata_player I like how simple it is. I built it in a couple hours or so, and I like the flexibility that I can b...
So this is the latest update my “Lathe Corner” is what I am calling this. This is how it looked before I started. This is how it looks today. I honestly did not get rid of anything. In my last post I showed what I did with the paint cans. And the bin full of wood on the right went to the new overhead storage rack I made. The planer and lathe switched places which made sense because I always rolled the planer to the same spot to use it. Duh why move it everytime. Al...
Scrolling through the local craigslist and what do I find but two twisted juniper trees already cut down free for the taking for whomever is willing to turn a bowl for the previous owner once dried. No problem I can do that !
I haven’t had much time to devote to shop projects for a couple weeks. Work and life still a little too chaotic for the moment. I did, however, have a bit of good fortune with an unexpected gift of wood. I had a childhood friend contact me on facebook and let me know that he had some “branches” he had pruned off of his Black Walnut tree and I could have what I wanted. Not one to turn down free wood, I investigated and found the branches were 3 12-15 foot sections that were a...
I’ve been living in South Florida for about 10 years and only this past weekend did I make the 1 1/2 hour drive south of Miami to visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. It was a beautiful day, a beautiful place and I got to see many, many plants I had never even heard of… even with having a horticultural background. While I was there I saw a couple of things that prompted me to email the horticulturist and arborist this morning. The first thing I saw was this nice sized s...
I had a meeting today with a friend who does pet portraits here in LA. He left the film effects business last year to focus on his two passions: pets, and photography. It’s working out for him. He did portraits of all of Paris Hilton’s dogs last year. He has a bunch of freelance work for me – website stuff – which will be great to tide me over as I continue to pursue full time employment again. In other financial news, looks like I’m getting a tax refund to the t...
After picking up the Chinese elm logs the other day, I noticed hours later they were rapidly beginning to check. I headed out a few hours after that to seal them up, and of course, a few hours later it was raining. The not-yet-dry Anchorseal began to wash away: My truck bed ran white with wax: And so did my driveway: The following day I moved the pieces to the back yard, shortly before it began to rain again. I put them under the Hollywood junipers, where the thick fo...
I’d love to get these, but conifers don’t really call to me like the angiosperms. The wood is usually soft and sappy, and I grew up surrounded by pine. It’s what everything decorative and utilitarian was made from, so I’m a little burned out on it. Now these, they call to me through sheer size. I think most of that is 3’ diameter or better. I’d love to have a nice portable band mill and a flatbed, and an MS 880 STIHL Magnum™ Chain Saw with a 59 inch guid...
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