Coasters you don't see every day

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Project by tim387 posted 11-28-2015 12:51 AM 1252 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I get these from the over grown limbs from ash trees I take down. The older trees give better material. The younger trees grow too fast to give character and gain color from the aged cut. It works better to use smaller knots as the larger ones tend to separate too much and then warp when they dry. These take extra hand work to bring them to size and thickness. Sawing isn’t much of a problem but they won’t go through the planer so I have to sand them to thickness. If there’s a large void I will fill it to give strength if needed. Any tree that has a covered knot should give you something like this. I cut8 or 10 inches above the knot to see how the heartwood looks in the branch. I haven’t cut up any of the other species knots I have yet so that will be interesting. The last shot is an end cut of hard maple and what I look for. I’m getting netter at looking at the wood, and not missing small holes where bugs can get in. The funny thing is they all want to get out and dive for the floor after the saw goes by.

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 03:59 AM

Those are unique Tim, what are you coating them with?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 06:23 AM

Kind of crazy, like knots growing through grain. Amazing what mother nature can do.
That’s why burl is so great, it’s completely nuts, you never know what you are going to get.

What do you make from cuts like these? coasters, trivets?

Do they mind if you take stuff home or will it just go into the chipper anyway?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 09:11 PM

I use the 2x Rustoleum spray. Usually the matte but sometime the gloss finish. The old and new wood never has the same absorption and this finish seems to clog up the softer parts. It’s usually 3 coats for a good surface look.

Hi Ray. Yes it would go in the chipper and the ground crew doesn’t mind as they get to chit chat for a minute or so before I start throwing limbs at them again. A lot of the pieces for this kind of stuff are less than 8 or 10 inches square. I don’t have a good area to keep and or cut logs so I limit those. I couldn’t say no to some sycamore I got this summer.

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker

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