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...
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,...
Display Mirror - Rescued Wood #3: Final Installement - The "Challenges", Accident and finished Project
Now for the interesting part of the story I had to work through several problems, mostly caused by my inexperience, ignorance or optimism. The first was that I ordered the wrong size mirror. It looked fine in the drawings, but when I trimmed the arms to fit each other, I had to cut more off the mitred ends than planned for aesthetic reasons. The mirror supplier had already cut the mirror but not yet delivered, so I called then with the new dimensions. I had to pay extra for the new cuts an...
This is a map where I will be adding Hardwood Lumber Supply Stores, and General Woodworking Stores. I’ll add them as I find them. So refer back to this map for updates View Larger Map and this is the link if you just want to add it to your favorites or whatev (opens a google maps page):http://tinyurl.com/66f5qd
I started out with a fairly hefty workbench from the house’s previous owner, but it’s in a place not appropriate for a woodshop, and it’s not easy to move to where I do want my shop (the garage). Given that the space that it’s in is my main art studio, and it’s useful for that, I decided to leave it there and come up with a different bench for my woodwork.The space I had available…well, let’s call it available in theory, as at the time I decided to se...
Gift Horse PowerThe shop is only a year and a half own and I am constantly cleaning and organizing. Tools have accumulated quicker than I can file them. Kristin’s Grandfather has been giving me tools like crazy.Just two weeks ago(along with yard tools and some nice portable power tools) I received the following: He still had the original documentation. I am not sure what to do with it since I have a large floor press. Love the design. Salvage yardI also have a problem with coll...
After a seemingly successful beach driftwood project earlier this summer, I knew that the next trip to the beach would include a hunt for more treasures, perhaps even ones of the slightly buried variety. Again the family returned to Sargent and again the Texas tides did not disappoint. My wife actually went to the beach with the kiddos a day prior to me and upon seeing her later that evening; she said “I saw a piece of wood you may be interested in.” “Cool!” I said, thinking that I have ...
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