I, like so many other neophyte woodworkers have too much stuff and not enough space. I only bought what I needed and only built what really needed to be made. So now here I am, 12’x18’ garage, detached, unheated, one little 60 watt bulb (10’ up on the ceiling), one plug in the ceiling (for the garage door opener). Then I got the table saw. Then my folks moved into a little retirement house. Between the inherited tools and the new prevalence of cut-offs I can’t tur...
hello, I am Harry Montana and this is my first blog that I write here, the following is the production of brazilian redwood (also called massaranduba) cutting in the hardwool mill where I work. What I wanted to show is that the massaraduba ‘bleeds’ latex while it is being cut brazilian redwood logs ready to be cut here the brazilian redwood logs are being cut here you can see the white substance coming out which is latex almost final stage of production, cutting the co...
This morning after dropping my oldest off at school, I decided to get ankle deep in shavings. Still no project in mind, but I was able to get my favorite 3/8 spindle, 1/8 spindle, 1/2 bowl, and hollowing tool tuned up. I actually did try to make a natural edge goblet , but the wood had too many checks and it shattered on the lathe. I went out to my stock pile that has been seasoning for 2 years…. As it turns out, 2 years was too long for much of the assortment of logs and branches. I...
I will have quite a bit of cut off scraps from some nice juniper lumber. It has been dry for about 14yrs. They are planed to about 5/8” thick, and will be anywhere from 6” to 20” long. I was thinking about bundling up packages of and selling them to interested lumberjocks. If interested, please send me a message with ANY reasonable offer that would be worth taking the time to package and ship these out to you. I just cant bring myself to throw the scraps away knowing they co...
Through a series of fortunate coincidences, I became the owner of three nice, free sycamore logs. As the quick-and-dirty version goes: a buddy of a buddy lined them up for me, and another buddy retrieved them. I had not even seen the logs until I showed up at the saw mill last Friday to make some lumber. I was pleased with the quality of the logs. They weren’t incredibly long, but they were straight and clear, and a good size. I’m glad my network of buddies rescued these fr...
So I decided to build a Greene and Greene Style Clock after visiting the Gamble house in Pasadena earlier this month. To do this though, I was going to have to locate material for the project and the plans called for a lot of varying thicknesses of material like 1/4”, 1/2”, 5/8” 3/4” and so on. I could purchase the pre milled wood that any Rockler or Woodcraft carries but this would mean using material from different trees most likely and trying to get the grain and co...
A little while back I had a Pecan tree delivered to me by a local tree service. Well I took two of the 4 logs to the mill and had them cut into 4/4 stock. the other trees I will have some 8/4 stock cut out of them. I took you guys on a field trip to the mill with me… here are both videos of the milling process. If you never considered having lumber milled for you, it is something you should look into…It is a fun process and a great way to save money…
Wow. It’s been an eventful day! I visited a friend who works out at Pioneer Millworks (PioneerMillworks.com) this afternoon, and hauled in quite a load! Pioneer specializes in reclaimed wood flooring, but also provides timber framing and millwork services. They receive massive beams from old barns, factories, and other structures as well as flooring planks, massive joists, and plank siding from all over the northeast. It was mind boggling to see their outdoor lumber yard plump with...
Almost as good as getting new tools is getting new lumber. A local saw mill had some great walnut. I was able to get a couple boards almost 20” wide, with clean, straight grain perfect for a table top that showcase a great inlay. Also on the haul were 2 slabs that would make a great bar or even other beautiful natural edges. The wide boards are 8’ long, the slabs are about 10’. But maybe the best find were these sister boards from another tree a couple weeks be...
I was able to figure out why the piece of plywood was not square to the other piece of the A-frame. It turned out that one of the angled wedges at the bottom was a little long and needed to be trimmed. The plywood was already in place and I didn’t feel like unclamping and lifting it off. I used my dozuki and trimmed a thin line between the wedge and ply and after fishing the sliver out from underneath I was able to pound the sheet down into place. I used a level and a framing square to ...
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