I’ll be milling some 6’ long Black Walnut today for a customer who’s interested in fireplace mantels. Pics to follow. I’m thrilled…it’s been awhile since I’ve cut anything 3” or thicker. Okay, several hours later and I’m done with the milling. Pics are coming up shortly. I ended up with (2) 12/4 slabs 6’ long, 8-11” wide and (1) 5/4 board that was all I could salvage from the remainder of the log. Hope you like em! F...
I’ve heard pro and con about drying boards and slabs vertically when they’re fresh cut. It makes sense that they might dry faster this way but does anyone have firsthand experience with this? I cut some 8’ long, 2” thick Cherry slabs and some 2” thick Red Cedar slabs and don’t want to wait 1yr + for them to finish drying. Any ideas? Thanks!
Slab 'n' Burl Hardwoods.have come all the way across the country from the centre of south western Western Australia to be part of the Brisbane Timber and Working with Wood Show this week end….. bringing with them some of the most fantastic Slabs and Burls I have ever seen…Clint and Nikki Decke specialize in local timbers from around the family farm… All of their timbers and burls have been sourced locally from surrounding private properties and forests manages by The Depa...
Hello fellow LJ’s, i just wanted to share this amazing find with ya’ll since we all (more or less) share the same love of wood. A rancher pushed over this enormous bois d’arc tree to make way for a fence (of all things) anyway he gave a buddy and me free range to cut as much of it as we wanted to. I was overjoyed and so far this is all I’ve gotten to the sawmill but there is much more to come. one of the huge benefits to living in deep east Texas is there are saw...
Here is a few short videos of the Torque Workcentre making light work of dressing a slab of Eucalyptus.. . . This slab was fairly hard and around 16 inches by 30 inches..even though this is a small slab by any standard the principle is the same and as you can see it only takes minutes.. so if the slab were bigger it would still not take any great amount of time to flatten and smooth it…
A coffee table, we need a coffee table. Hmmm? This project, which is nearing completion, is a coffee table.No big thing typically. A set of legs, a few rips on the table saw, a little glue,some mortise and tenons and Bob’s your uncle. Not quite this time. I didn’t want to make “another table.” More than that, I wanted to build something where the timbers I wanted to use dictated the design.Well, partially—there was a height constraint which needed to be ...
While looking through old Flickr sets, I realized I never made public one in which I slabbed one of the huge Eucalyptus logs I wrestled home from a craigslist ad. The largest of them is over 230lbs. I chose the smallest – probably around 80-100lbs, because I was desperate to see what lurked inside. I have at least a dozen of these things, so I could sacrifice one enormous beast to curiosity, though that said, I did immediately seal up the ends with a few inches worth of Anchorseal, and ...
As a home hobbyist in a big city, not working as much in BF as in “oh look, a log!” I decided to keep things simple on myself and go with KD DF for stickering my slabs. I have a bunch of really old, really dry stuff, and in fact tried to build some finger-jointed frames for another project I’d like to post about someday, but dropping one only a foot to the ground caused all 4 corners to shatter. It’s that dry. I figure that means it’ll be fairly inert, though who...
I promise not to start posting every log I resaw (lest my blog becoming nothing but!), but I think folks interested in resawing, or copying the jig I just made might like to see some more samples. First, I forgot I got some shots of this (before giving it away as a gift to a coworker girl who wants to paint on it like a canvas), but here’s some of that first log of Ficus microcarpa, resawn to veneer-like thinness: It’s about 1/16”-3/32” thick on one end, ...
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