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Project by SDAdmiral posted 09-20-2015 01:22 PM 1022 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out as a trip to my local brush pile to drop off a load of branches. I found several oak logs there and thought they deserved a better life than to rot away at the dump!

I am fairly certain that this lumber is oak, but am not sure what variety. The drastic difference in color between the heart and sap wood has me scratching my head. I think it may be Pin Oak based on what information I could find from Google, but if anybody knows for sure let me know.

Almost the entire section of log was used to make this bookshelf. Most of the information I found on building pieces with a live edge said to remove the bark, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It may start to fall off eventually, but when it does I can easily remove all of it and refinish the edges.

For a finish I used a coat of teak oil, followed up by 2 coats of aerosol poly.

-- - Andrew -





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#1 posted 09-24-2015 05:01 PM

I can’t say what species it is. I would have guessed walnut based on the bark.

In any case, it’s a cool project.

How long did you dry the lumber?

-Paul

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 02:24 AM



I can t say what species it is. I would have guessed walnut based on the bark.

In any case, it s a cool project.

How long did you dry the lumber?

-Paul

- Ocelot

I’m not sure how long it was at the brush pile, but I had to keep it in log form for a few months with sealer on the end because I didn’t have a bandsaw. I cut the boards on the new bandsaw in January and built the project in September, so the boards were air drying for about 9 months. Probably not quite long enough, especially considering that most of the drying period was during the humid summer.

-- - Andrew -

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 02:13 PM

Thanks,

I was wondering. 9 months may be long enough. Who knows. Wait and see if it cracks. It might be fine.

With your bookcase design, the boards can move freely.

-Paul

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#4 posted 01-09-2016 12:11 AM

That looks great. How did you attach the log to the plywood board while sawing into lumber?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 01-10-2016 03:13 PM



That looks great. How did you attach the log to the plywood board while sawing into lumber?

- bobasaurus

There are two wedges on the opposite side of the log. I positioned the log where I wanted it, then slid the wedges in and marked their locations. I screwed them to the plywood sled, and then used hot glue to hold the log to the wedges. Here is another photo that shows one of the wedges, kind of…

-- - Andrew -

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