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Wilderness Workbench #1: The Beginning (Pine Logs & Possibilities)

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 10-03-2014 11:23 PM 1544 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Ever since I saw Roy Underhill trek through the woods toward his Workshop with his tool tote in hand, I’ve had an urge to set up an outdoor workspace in a remote location. Well, I’ve found the spot, and while it’s not all that remote, it is somewhat secluded. It’s located behind my workplace in a little triangle of “wilderness” between a road, and a minimum security prison.

I began clearing a space and then went off in search of building materials.



I knew of an old pile of seasoned pine logs/branches near the spot, so I made the short walk to see what I could score. These were dumped here almost a year ago when they chopped some pine trees down nearby. There were more than I remember! The prison dumps their wood into this ravine when they need to take trees out. It just rots here as I’ve learned over the past few years. There are also 1/2 a dozen GIANT 30” diameter eucalyptus logs about 15’ long piled up, but theres no way I can do anything with those!

I pulled out the thickest / straighest ones. This is not my shoe, but an adult size shoe (size 9, 10?) laying nearby I threw in for scale.

Its SO hot out lately, so I only brought back one small log for now.

I brought in some more misc. scrap building material too. I’m thinking I should do a floor of some sort to provide a good stable surface for the workbench. Or dig post holes…

I grabbed my hatchet today and started hand hewing one of the smaller logs. This is fun! But I need to devise some shade or I’m gonna melt out here. 96 today here in Orange County, CA.

This pine is the same wood I turned my Hollowform from and this Goblet by the way. Its really nice wood. Dense and very pretty, and colorful grain with greys, yellow and blues throughout.

Stay tuned for more updates as I play in the dirt with sticks. Gosh, guess I never did grow up, huh! lol

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram



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#1 posted 10-04-2014 12:31 PM

I think a rustic canopy would be a great starter- something to work under when it is so hot.
That is great to have a place outdoors to be close to nature where the wood comes from.
I would like to work outdoors, but I need power.

Thanks for sharing!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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