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 ...
Here are some of the latest slabs that have come off the mill. I have been trying to get as much juniper as possible lately because it seems to be fairly popular around here. The color and grain make it perfect for rustic cabins or southwest furniture. It is also a lot easier to mill then mesquite. I also attached a slab of the mesquite burl that I came across. If anybody is ever around tucson,az or payson,az give me a call I have slabs in both areas. 520-444-1225
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...
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...
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...
Homelite 26 LCS I thought I would post an-other one of my collected chainsaws here from the bygone days of ‘golden oldies’.... ....and when one really gets to studying these ‘beasts’, one can also much more appreciate where we are today, with chainsaws in terms of safety, (don’t you just love the safety word) weight, horsepower and ease of the cut in the wood…. ....the Homelite 26 LCS was introduced in 1951 and discontinued in 1953…. ...
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...
What does a woodworker do while on vacation in South Africa? I recently returned from a trip to South Africa with my wife and in-laws, which included stays in Cape Town, Plettenburg Bay, and Knysna. As a lumber jock, I was excited to learn that there was a rather large, sustainable lumber industry in the town of Knysna. Knysna (located here), is situated along the coast of the southern tip of Africa, about 450 km from Cape Town. The drive takes you along the N2 highway through scrub...
Last week I got sidetracked on SIDETRACKED in order to mill our 80 foot redwood tree that was getting too dangerous to keep. We dont live on a huge tract of land…just a small little home with a smaller front yard…about 60 years ago someone decided to plant a redwood tree…I have seen a picture of it when it was only a year old…and it was tiny… By 2012 it was so huge for its spot that it had outgrown its safety—-at some point someone had topped the tree y...
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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