|Project by HalDougherty||posted 08-03-2009 06:49 PM||5453 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
Here are a few photos of the log I sawed this morning. It’s sugar maple from someones yard and it was removed by a tree service. I’ve included photos of two sets of bookmatched boards that are 12” wide by 100” long and 1” thick. These photos were taken right after the boards were sawn. The only thing I did was to sweep the sawdust from them and position them as I took them from the mill. After lunch I’ll coat the ends with anchorseal and put them in the covered shed to dry for 30 to 45 days, then they go in the kiiln… I can’t wait till these are ready to make gunstocks. I cut several 12” slabs 1/4” thick to see if they dry without too mch twisting. It would be nice to press laminate blanks without resawing dried boards and surfaceing them before glue up. I know furniture makers want clear white maple, but for beautiful gunstocks, nothing beats the color of maple with dark streaks of color and lots of rays in the grain. There are too many saw marks to be able to see the tiger strip, but I took a plane and smoothed a section to see what I’m going to get. Time go finish lunch and get back to the sawmill.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com