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Blog entry by moshel posted 08-23-2009 01:11 PM 2364 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

First, a picture:

From 230809 milling almond

At first I was not sure that milling this was worth my while. However, the good LJ’s here pointed me in the right direction and so I found myself loading the mill on the trailer on Sunday morning heading toward my friend and the tree. BTW, the mill was kept loaded on the trailer for a month and no opportunity showed itself. two days after I unloaded it, I get a call from this friend. go figure.

Anyway, as Steve (daltxguy) is now in the woods i got another friend to help me with the setup and just keep an extra eye. you can really make stupid mistakes sometimes.

managed to back the trailer into the right place (I am actually getting better at doing this) and we looked at the tree. two obvious problems – there was a 30 degrees bend in the middle and a fence wire (good thick quality one) was popping from about the thickest part of the tree.

as for the first problem, we managed to cut the tree to two parts with a small chainsaw and big bowsaw. took a while to do…
as for the second problem – we tried to pull it out but it seems to start in the middle of the wood. we nibbled with the chainsaw but we couldn’t get it out. eventually we decided to try and keep it in the slab.

this wood was cut about 3 weeks ago. it hardly dried (its winter here) and it was HEAVY. it took 3 strong (ok, 2 strong and me) man to roll each half it to the middle of the lawn (the smaller half was about 2m long with 30-40 cm diameter, the larger half was 1.5m with 50-60 cm diameter)

once positioned we set up the mill around it, making no more than 4 mistakes..

we started milling the thinner half and didn’t get much quality dimensional timber from it, but the slab the we had at the end was very pretty and just shouted “I am a Y shaped bench!” (sorry, no pictures of this, maybe in a few days)

we milled the thicker part and got lots of excellent quality 8”X1” boards with fantastic grain.

From 230809 milling almond

From 230809 milling almond

From 230809 milling almond

the end of the milling was very hard as the blade was very blunt, and I did not have the sharpener with me, but we finished it (at the end I think it cut by friction only…)

you notice that the timber is sunset orange. this is really weird – its pinkish white when you cut it and within a minute or two its orange. at the end of the day the lawn looked like a scene from Mars:

From 230809 milling almond

and you can see there the bigger slab that might end up as my living room table…. who knows…. here is a closer look. the photo was taken right after the cutting and the timber did not reach its full orange colour

From 230809 milling almond

All in all it was a fun day and I would like to thank all the LJs that tried to find how this timber looks like for me.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...



11 comments so far

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patron

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 01:32 PM

that sure is some beautifull wood !
well worth the trouble to get it .
whatever the color ,
it’s got wonderfull grain .

so tomorow a new table ?

is that the new kiwi in the stroller ?

well done , pop !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Russel

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#2 posted 08-23-2009 01:50 PM

That is really nice lumber. Great color.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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moshel

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 01:55 PM

David hi, I am taking the picture… this is another ugly guy, noy me that has a new Kiwi… he is actually the owner of the tree, and they took off the tree to make room for an extension for their house so the little fellow will have a room.

I will have to see how it dries. anyway it will probably take a year before I can make anything out of it. I will try and turn some pieces, just for fun.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Occie gilliam

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 03:54 PM

Hi Mosel
Looks like nice wood

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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Occie gilliam

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#5 posted 08-23-2009 03:55 PM

Mosel
You could dry a small piece in the micro wave to see how the wood works
i do it some time
Occie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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scrappy

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 04:05 PM

Great blog. Thanks for keeping us informed on how this went.

two days after I unloaded it, I get a call from this friend. go figure.

Isn’t that the way it usally goes?haha

Very beaautifull wood. Looking forward to see that table.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Eric in central Florida

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 04:15 PM

Wow!
That color & grain are special.
That will make something spectacular!

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#8 posted 08-23-2009 08:21 PM

Great to have a mill available

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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degoose

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#9 posted 08-23-2009 09:26 PM

You are still a ratbag but a ratbag with some nice timber finally lol
Just remember to hide a slab for finding at a later stage.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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daltxguy

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#10 posted 08-24-2009 02:51 AM

Very cool looking wood Moshe.
I’ll be bringing the sharpener with me this week down to chch – that blade definitely needs sharpening . Looks like the slab got scorched from the blade. It should only be a 10 minute job.

I hope you got to keep the wood ( and saved me a piece!).

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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moshel

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#11 posted 08-24-2009 05:28 AM

I think the tips now are beyond sharpening. you (we, I?) should take it to the saw doctor to get the new tips on….

yes, I get to take the wood – I just have to give them the same volume of firewood…. and you are welcome to some. I have to go there and pick it up, as I had no space on the trailer. now I should UNLOAD the mill again…

today my whole body hurts. milling with blunt blade is a real physical exercise.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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