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Redwood Table from reclaimed logs #3: Zen has left the building

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Blog entry by lumberhack posted 03-22-2011 10:45 PM 3539 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: First boards Part 3 of Redwood Table from reclaimed logs series Part 4: I have a vision »

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about the Zen aspect of this project, and I had to be completely honest with her. While I enjoy woodworking and the hidden beauty of wood, Turning logs into lumber is loud, dusty and hard work.

Using the chainsaw to get 2 relatively flat faces.

Next is taking off the bark and sap-wood on the edges with the bandsaw

Then after planing, and planing, and planing, and planing, and…..... I have a useable piece of lumber
Mark



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rivergirl

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 12:45 AM

I bet that smells sooooooooooo good! I like to leave the bark and sapwood on my slabs. BTW I need to buy a planer- do you like that Dewalt?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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lumberhack

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 02:09 AM

Hi Rivergirl! My shop definitely has the aroma of Redwood, as do I :-) I took a look at your projects and I really like them. Very impressive work with few power tools!! As for the Dewalt, it seems like a decent machine, although I have not ever used a planer so I have nothing to compare it to. I managed to get it free, so with that in mind it is PERFECT!!
Mark

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timjr

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 07:22 AM

Thanks for posting! I love to see these projects that go all the way from raw logs to finished.

Is it safe to just run the chainsaw down the vertical log like that? (I don’t know the first thing about chainsaws, but I’ve got a bunch of short logs to resaw, so I’m looking for reasonable ways to do it.)

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lumberhack

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 04:53 PM

Morning timjr! I feel pretty comfortable cutting these logs. I know my little chainsaw well enough to avoid cuts that will wreak havoc:
1 – I never cut with the top or tip of the chain as these cuts make the saw come back at me.
2 – Avoid getting the bar/chain pinched in the cut.

I also wear heavy leather gloves and stay out of the direct line of the chain. I probably should secure the log, but they are heavy and stable enough to remain in position. Cutting with the grain using a chainsaw can be a lot of work and I would prefer to use my bandsaw, but the logs wont fit.
Mark

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#5 posted 03-23-2011 05:06 PM

Rivergirl, I have the same Dewalt. One thing I have noted, the roller bearings are sleeves and can break. If you are using it a lot, raise the blades as high as they can and inspect the rollers to not “wobble”. Be very careful of the blades. I usually check the bearing when I remove the blades for sharpening or replacement. The blades are more than seriously sharp and will cut through 5 layers of paper towels and into your finger before you feel it cut.

The redwood is beautiful.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 08:16 PM

I want one of those free Dewalt planers. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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lumberhack

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#7 posted 03-24-2011 05:32 AM

I love free stuff!

So I was working for a guy cleaning out his garage and I noticed that he had a Penn Industries DC-2 dust collection system that looked almost new that he wasn’t using and I commented that he should contact me if he ever wanted to sell it. He decided then and there that he wanted to sell the dust collector, the Dewalt planer, and a really sweet Dewalt 10’ table saw that was fully Incra equipped. He said I could take it all for $350. Well I didn’t need the saw, but bought the whole load anyway. When I got the saw out of the truck, I posted it to craigslist and it was gone in 30 minutes for $500. I kept the planer, dust collector, 2 Incra squares, and $150 profit. IT WAS A GREAT DAY!! did I mention that I also got paid for cleaning out the garage?? :-)

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rivergirl

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 04:35 PM

What a wonderful bargain for you!!!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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