I do wood working and stained glass. I am looking for spalted maple in smaller length quantities such as cutoffs, but I also need longer lengths for taller projects. I have not found many places that accomidate the wood I need to do this. I also do smalaler jewerly boxes. Does any one know where I might buy the wood with resonable prices? I can thickness plane, resaw, etc. Must be able to be delivered via Fedex or UPS.Thanks for you help,Wally
The girlfriend and I have been getting into the gardening spirit lately and planting anything and everything that will grow here in the NorthWest. With not a lot of places to plant things I decided to move to the patio for options, some planter boxes along the edge would do nicely. I scoured Google and Youtube for ideas and was disappointed with the lack of quality box plans or videos but eventually found something along the lines of what we wanted and would not cost a fortune to build. After...
One thing I have really missed is a shaving horse. We had a dead tree that was about the right size for a shaving horse, and needed to be removed anyway. It has been dead for some time, and I suspect it is a white oak, since the sapwood is decaying and the heartwood is still fairly sound. The tree has grown at an angle, and it was leaning toward our house. I tied it off to other trees using 5/8” Arbor Plex ropes, and tightened the ropes using “trucker’s hitches”. ...
We had cut an oak when we were clearing for our garden, it was a good size for a mallet. First, A length of the trunk was cut with the bow saw, then another partial cut was made where the top of the handle would end. The hatchet was used to start a split in the end of the oak section. The safest way to do this is to use the hatchet as a wedge, and strike the back of it with a piece of wood. You only need a crack that the edge of the dogwood wedge will fit in. The dogwood wedg...
I picked up a great looking walnut log today. The widest place was over 29” at the crotch and it just fit my TimberKing 1220 sawmill. I had to cut the limbs slightly shorter so I could slice it into flitches. I don’t have a bobcat or a backhoe to load logs… so, I had to wrestle them on the trailer. One item I did get to help load logs was a 3000 lb electric winch. Only one problem with it today. The battery was discharged! I had to use my back up plan. A manual w...
I use a lot of “found” wood, it usually has to be split into smaller pieces to work with. One of the main tools I will need is the wood wedge. Starting with a bow saw and a hatchet, I cut some trees where Ms. Charming and I are clearing out around our garden. A couple of these were dogwoods. Dogwood is easily cut with a sharp axe when “green”, but when it is dry, it is extremely tough and difficult to work with edge tools. This toughness really make it good wedge m...
Here’s a picture of what my wife got me for Christmas… this gift was based on advice from Steve Ramsey's video for the spouses of woodworkers on gifts. Great Big Thanks to Steve!!!! (BTW, Steve’s Blog site Woodworking for Mere Mortals is great fun and, once in a while, actually informative grin; Be sure to sign up to follow his blog!) Anyway, on to the gift! A very nice S4S piece of Cocobolo, about 1.2 bdft! Don’t know what I’m going to make with th...
I’ve done a little complaining recently about how I was treated at a big box store, so I wanted to balance the karma out and tell everyone who might not know about a great place to buy wood on the south side of Atlanta. Atlanta north side people have it made- Woodcraft, Rockler, Peachtree Woodworking are all up there. For us on the south side, its an hour drive just go get there and we have to fight Atlanta traffic both ways to boot. Hardwoods Inc. in Atlanta is even worse- it̵...
Spent a little time today finishing my lumber storage rack. Since I work in a small basement and my planer and bandsaw are kept in a shed out back it only makes sense for me to store my wood out back too. I got the shelves from work, and today I picked up a piece of OSB and some flberglass corrugated roof panels to protect it from the rain.I’m pretty happy with it and I think it will work well. Does anyone have any other tips for storing wood outdoors? It’s not beaut...
OK, so now that the kitchen challenge is all over, I guess it’s a good time to post a blog regarding kitchen items … or… hold on… um – oops. too late. Oh well, I guess I’ll blog this anyways. So, the plan is to make a bread board. for the time being, the design shall remain unseen and will reveal in details as this blog series will progress. The board is primarily made of hard maple that I am recovering from bowling alley floors (I still have about ha...
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