Good times gone bad

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Blog entry by fumehappy posted 07-18-2012 01:38 PM 2708 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I knew things were going too good. I had the undercarriage completed, and then I moved my pieces of 4X8 maple on top. The pieces that I bought last year for a decent sum. And then I found out how much they had warped over the winter. I guess the sawmill didn’t keep them in the solar kiln long enough. These things are bad… twisted and corkscrewed all to hell. I tried clamping them down to some beefy angle irons, but they were just bent too much over the course of their 9’ lengths.
So, new plan. I was just about to go to home depot and buy some 2×4’s and do a fir bench top just so I can get some use out of it, when I got super lucky. I found a contractor who was getting a lot of his lumber sawn up, and he had a 8 years dried-in-the-barn oak log. He said he was sick of looking at it and wanted it gone. I just had to reimburse him for the time on the sawmill. The lumber has been cleaning up pretty good. More bug holes than i usually care for, but both the contractor and saw mill operator assured me the infection was long dead. I haven’t seen any larva, and I coated all the oak liberally with kerosene just to be sure. After it dried, i gave a coat of BLO, and filled all the holes so i could keep track.

My 5$ flea market No. 5 hard at work.

Finishing edge jointing with my great-grandfather’s number 7.

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 01:51 PM

Wow! Really nice looking. Sorry about your 8/4. Maybe you can rip it and flip it. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 03:18 PM

Looking good. Love to see the “old” planes at work.


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#3 posted 07-18-2012 05:24 PM

Sorry about the issues with your Maple, but it appears you have a suitable alternative.

In an attempt to relieve some of that stress and disppointment, I woud like to share a little humor, related to the title of your Blog.

“Good Times Gone Bad”.

Even the Best intentions sometimes have a negative outcome.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 06:33 PM

Just goes to show that those old planes are still very useful!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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