I had two elm logs left that I pulled off the bank on the side of my house. They are both about 2 feet long. One of them I cut up tonight and I was happily surprised. I tried a different technique this time which I’ll cover when I break down the other log. I am very happy with the yield. Each slice is about 1/2 inch thick and the narrowest is just under 2 inches. The others are about 2-1/2 in. The log was about 4 in. in diameter.
This is a 2 foot section of a 12 foot long branch which I dragged off our bank this week. I speculated that if it wasn’t too rotten that it would have some spalted wood in it. After cutting it in half on my band saw, I discovered I was right. [Below] I screwed the half log onto a board with an edge overhanging the board. More imortantly one edge of the board was clear of the log as well. This is so that the board will be flat to the table saw and the edge of the board will r...
[EDIT] I mistakenly used the word burl when I meant spalted. I’ve since corrected the rest of this post. During the last few days I’ve been pruning a few trees that grow close to our house. This led me to ask about a certain tree. I’ve since discovered that the wood that I thought might be pear is actually elm. This is all good. I’ve cut a few of the larger pieces of my prunings to use when the day comes that I play with wood turning again. More importantly is...
I made this pen for my son for his first day attending a local community college. I also made a video of the project. Here it is and I hope that you enjoy. Thanks for watching! http://youtu.be/gPlNopPXLVk <iframe src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/gPlNopPXLVk” frameborder=”0” height=”315” width=”560”></iframe>
I have been thinking a lott about materials lately, and types of Wood. Browsing others Products and bloggs and seeing some of the wonderfull materials that exist around in the world makes my head work owergear and my fingers itch to work With it. So i have been asking around a bit for advice from a few fellow lumberjocks the last days. I have gotten good advice and been directed to good Sources, and i have discovered Things i have never even heard of. So mutch amazing materials out the...
My mom went with me when I bought the wood for my first rocker and she realized I bought enough wood to make two rockers. She put her order in for one right then. Today is her birthday and mother’s day so I got started on the rocker. I don’t expect to get done until this winter because I don’t do much woodworking in the summer. 5/13/12 When I made my first rocker I cut enough rocker slats and back brace slats to make a second rocker. I got started by glueing up the ...
Well, about 330 days ago I wrote something about being finished this piece in another 4 weeks. That didn’t happen, but in my defence I did get other pieces done in that time, I just kept getting pulled away from this jewelry cabinet. The work left on this piece was not big, but very finicky and detailed, which is likely why I kept finding it hard to get traction. I made the three drawers for the bottom section before moving onto the more intricate boxes that sit on the cabinet. ...
A few months back. Mike (jockmike2) and I went in together on a couple hundred board feet of air dried lumber at Raven’s Farm, a mill that is local to us. The cost came out to about 1.25 a board foot which was a steal as far as I was concerned. Boards have been setting for a bit, with a dozen getting acclimated to the shop. I don’t have the space for a jointer so have been working the boards with a recent plane addition and then running them through my Ridgid. Woodworking i...
I was walking through the timber a month ago, and found a huge smooth bark hickory that had fallen from a storm. The trunk was 24” in diameter at its base, and 30 foot up the trunk it was 16” in diameter. When I saw it, I knew it just had to be milled. I already had a cherry that had fallen that was 20 foot tall and a foot in diameter. So, I called a sawyer that came and picked up one 6 foot and two 12 foot hickory logs, and one 5 foot and two 8 foot cherry logs. ...
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