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Project by smouser posted 06-06-2015 01:07 PM 988 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these out of reclaimed railway sleepers. They are UNTREATED Jarrah wood sleepers from Australia which I bought in the UK.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 06-06-2015 01:11 PM

These are beautiful and beautifully done. Those sleepers would also make beautiful rustic mantles.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 06-06-2015 02:23 PM

Fantastic pieces of timber. It gives a great finish. Where about in the UK did you find them?
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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smouser

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#3 posted 06-06-2015 04:18 PM

I fount them online, there are various sellers selling them for between £24 to £33 per sleeper. They were about an hour away from me and I picked 5 up with a van.

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Ted

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#4 posted 06-06-2015 11:00 PM

Now that’s rustic… I love it!

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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watermark

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#5 posted 06-09-2015 07:40 AM

Beautiful new life to those old sleepers. Did you do the re-sawing?

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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smouser

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#6 posted 06-09-2015 09:03 AM

Yes the resawing is the hardest part. My bandsaw do not have capacity to cut the sleepers so I use my table saw by flipping the sleepers and doing 2 cuts. I wish I had a three phase heavy duty machine with a big blade to cut them. Here is a few more photos http://imgur.com/a/lFK6c and http://imgur.com/a/aTIvn

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watermark

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 05:26 AM

Thanks for sharing the other pics. It is cool to see the whole process.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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robscastle

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#8 posted 06-11-2015 06:02 AM

My attempts to just work Jarrah, resulted in the following:-

The toll on the equipment was:-
1×10 ” saw blade
2 x Jig saw blades
2 x sets of jointer blades
and a router bit which is still in therapy.

Let alone trying to rip it!

See the project Church Pew Pennance

I have to admit its got to be one of the nicest timbers to polish

You are game putting it on your planner…...beware FOs in the wood

-- Regards Robert

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smouser

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#9 posted 06-11-2015 09:30 PM

All I can say Jarrah is TOUGH! But it is also one of my favourite woods. I like it even better because the ones I have used are reclaimed. I had similar problems with blades that gets destroyed by Jarrah wood. The only thing that seems to last at least a while is TCT. I had a look at your churh pews, nice job!

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