Adding to the wood pile #1: Wood gloat

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Blog entry by derosa posted 03-29-2012 04:52 AM 1421 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was talking to one of the local apple farmers and asked him if he was cutting down some trees and if he was if I could have some of the wood. He gave me directions to one of his fields, told me I’d see a row of cut trees and that I could take down any trees in the next 5 rows to the left of the cut row. Really made me with I owned a much better chain saw and a truck.

The result of a couple of hours sawing was this

I also grabbed these from the thicker branches, could have grabbed a lot more but space is getting tight and I don’t have a lot of time to cut lots of small pieces right now.

On the way out at the end of the row they had left a really good sized stump, about 20” tall and a decent thickness. Not wanting to be too wasteful I dropped a cut down the middle before lopping it off from the bottom. A day later I had this

I’ve cut 5 saw handle blanks. The shopnotes says 6×7x1, to have enough material and deal with possible warping and cracking I went 6.125(easy/safe height of my 1/2hp 12” bandsaw)x10×1.25 on 3 and only 9” on the other two. The large block in the back is 3×6x18, two blanks of 2.25 and 2.5 by 14”, a pair of 4.5×4.5×3, a dozen pen blanks, 4 double length pen blanks, and 4 randomly sized turning blanks. All of the saw blanks have waxed ends as does anything else that looks dull or waxy, the rest will be dipped tomorrow morning.

-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 05:38 AM

Im happy for you, sad for me. Nice find, nice guy. You should make something nive for him.

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 05:39 AM

Looks great. Lots of fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 11:15 AM

There are lots of apple orchards around where I live, I never thought of asking them for old trees like this, great idea! I dont do wood turning but theres always something to use great wood like this for.

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 12:31 PM

Andrew, I’ve never turned a pen before but have decided I will give it a try and make him a couple from the wood.

Mitch, the reason for the big logs is to try and make a trestle table for the kitchen to replace the old battered laminate table I have now.

-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 02:46 PM

Nice score. I hope you own a smoker.

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 11:23 PM

lookin good

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 07:27 PM

A great find.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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