Today I’m talking about how I maintain my lumber stash ready for building furniture where I live in humid eastern Virginia. Left to it’s own in an unconditioned space, my kiln dried lumber (6-8% MC) would gradually migrate toward 12 % MC, so I’ve solved that by dehumidifying my storage location. Nothing high tech, here, but it works. In my work I like to start out with wood of a known moisture content, approximately the equilibrium moisture content for the intended environme...
So, not terribly exciting on the face of it, but I’ve placed my first order for wood: 16×4.2 meters of 45mm x 95mm, untreated20×4.2 meters of 38mm x 57 mm, treated Thats enough for 8 sawhorses (though I will only be building 4) and an unknown number of coops, but at least I get to play around now. At 69 cents per 4.2m, I can afford to be profligate. Yay!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbJ0bKuBzMg Hello again everyone, just uploaded a new video showing the milling of a log on a Woodmizer saw mill, it’s a time lapse video with a voice over describing what’s going on. Check it out and thanks for watching!
The tree is down. No ceremony was performed for it. As a street tree, this maple had a pretty good long run. I was sorry to have to remove it but seeing it fallen over on top of a car would have made me a bit sorrier. It was half dead as was plain to see this spring and rot would soon take over the trunk. So. It was actually pretty cool to watch how the arborist, Aaron, took it down. He roped up and started dropping limbs, both dead and alive from the top on down. When he got close to the ...
I’m adding some reinforcement to my old sawhorses. I want to set my workbench top on these for a while and I don’t want them to wobble or collapse. I’m just using some old 3/8” T1-11 siding that I had from a long time ago. Some small “A” frame gussets attached with drywall screws. And with what was left of the siding, some 6-5/8” wide stretchers/stringers. Line it up flush on the right, and whack the left side off. I’m using my ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q1lboLLjAQ In this video I’m making lumber from some Canadian Black Walnut logs on a 1992 wood-mizer LT-40HD. I’m flitch sawing the logs keeping the live edge on. Which is not only good for table tops, I get extra lumber that I can use for my chairs because of the curves of the legs, fit the curve of the boards. As always thanks for watching!
In the above video, and in the below 10 steps, I teach one of the most basic and essential skills in traditional woodworking: how to square, flatten, & dimension your own rough lumber into finished boards. To build quality traditional furniture, you need to start with perfectly flat and square lumber. Some people achieve this with power jointers, planers, and table saws. While the electrical power route is more economical for a commercial woodworking workshop, I prefer the safet...
This was the mess you saw when first entering my shop. (Notice the picture taped to the wall with blue tape)...Bonnie asked me what was that little picture taped to the wall for? I explained that this was the wall where I would build a lumber rack, and that was a print screen I stole from Jay’s Custom Creations to remind myself of what I wanted to do there... .. . Now it just so happens that I have been tripping over two 2” X12” X16’ boards that someone was ...
Following its recent successful creation, I opted to give Franken-Rack free rein to terrorize the domain. It was my hope that it would bring home the finest lumber in all the land. Instead, it brought me pallet and crate wood. Several times I have berated the misbegotten creation, but to no avail. It is obvious to me now that the creature enjoys domination over the rough, mistreated wood that will require hours of hacking and mutilation on my part to make use of its offerings. Franken-Rack wi...
I joined a number of woodworkers on Saturday in a pilgrimage to Midwest Woodworking in Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend. Midwest was a small family owned woodworking shop that created fine furnishings for their clients. With the passing of Frank David in the recent past and hard times in the market, sadly Midwest has closed its […] Continue reading HERE. Thanks for reading – keep making shavings! Dave
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