The Best of 'Wood Art" #7: "1 Sun-6.76 Bu x 3 Sun-3.52 Bu x 8 Shaku-4.69 Bu" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 12-29-2007 02:56 PM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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1 Sun-6.76 Bu x 3 Sun-3.52 Bu x 8 Shaku-4.69 Bu

The Multi-Purposed 2×4
1.) ....hand sawing, (ripping) the species of wood, (white oak) out of a slab that was mill-cut from a tree some years ago….
2.) ....this piece of white oak is at the moment, still in 2’‘x6’‘x9’ of it’s original condition….after having previously hand sawed, (cross-cut) 1’ in length from one end….
3.) ....there is a nice crack in the wood, running for 4’ right in the middle, which I have been able to center, so as to retain this piece of character….
4.) excited still in reference to the crack in the middle, and as too how far into the depth of the wood it goes….which I will possibly highlight with a colored two part polymer….
5.) ....lines have been marked out on the wood and I have started the hand sawing process on one side….
6.) ....I have been able to keep all the work on the wood at this point, without the use of electrical corded tools or machines….however, there still remains the need to re-saw the 2’’ thickness into (2) 1’’ boards and yes….I’m still considering using my bandsaw at that point….

I spent the other afternoon, (having some extra time….’what is extra time….’ LOL,) starting the ripping for my length on one side of the board. Because I am wanting the 4’ long crack to fall in the center of my 4’’ width, I will have to hand rip the other side also. What a pleasant time this was….having turned off the music system and all power tools, so that the only sound coming forth was my saw which soon got in time with my breathing….

....having learned and decided long ago to waste not, I decided to cut this side and keep that extra over there on the right so as to have more length for a future need….yes, I will save that piece for a future project….

....and so after hand ripping for a distance of 14-1/2’’, I am now entering into the heart of the wood that will be used for my project…. might notice here the wedges I have started placing in my cut, to keep the saw from binding and this also helps me maintain a gap in the wood, which I use to sight down and through so as to be able to judge how I am doing as to maintaining my edge joint…. this point I have now traveled another 24’’ into the heart of the wood. The next section that I have marked out is for the 4’ long piece that holds that crack in the wood. One may wonder about the time being spent here doing all this by hand….but then if one must account-able to time….time will in the end over-take that one….

In essence one might say that I have not even started working on my entry for the ’The Multi-Purposed 2×4’, since at this point I am still working on getting a 2’‘x4’’ at 8’ in length….and yes that is true, but that day will come….and then I will post a picture of the starting point, which will be a 2×4x8 or as the Japanese carpenter of old would say….1 sun-6.76 bu x 3 sun-3.52 bu x 8 shaku-4.69 bu....

....and so I will leave you with this photo I took this morning around 4:00am from our front porch…..and yes, there is a mixture of sleet//freezing rain coming down…. be continued in time….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 12-29-2007 04:38 PM

Ah-ha, there’s the key, that’s where you get all your “time” by being up around 4 am. And how appropriate that you are using a Japanese saw too. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific day.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 12-31-2007 01:45 PM

awesome…. can’t wait to see what you do with the crack

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 01-02-2008 02:49 AM

—-hi Rob; ....welllllllllll, actually I’m up by 3:30 am….never could stop that habit. Like that’s when my head kicks in and tells my feet it’s time to start moving….actually I don’t know if my head ever goes to sleep….

—-hi Debbie; ....maybe I should save the saw-dust from my hand sawing and fill in the crack with, (some mixture of colored artist oil, a version of red) white oak….LOL….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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