Natural Edge Coat Rack

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Project by DaveConry posted 01-14-2010 10:30 PM 2669 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in October of 2009 as the wife and I were taking a drive through Rocky Mountain National Forest, we were shocked at the amount of forest that has been destroyed by the Pine Beetle. In some places entire mountain sides of trees had been killed by this beetle. There were large piles of logs everywhere that the Forest Service had cut down and stacked up for the taking. We loaded up a few logs and took them home with us.

I mounted a four foot log 8 inches in diameter on a sled and ran it through the band saw to see what it looked like inside. I selected this piece to use in the making of a rustic coat rack mainly because of the knot in it. There are streaks of color in the wood ranging from a light grey to blue. Laying the rough board on another sled, I shimmed it to keep it from wobbling and ran it through the planer. I drilled some 5/8 inch diameter holes about an inch deep in it, squared them up and epoxied railroad spikes in the holes. The entire surface is covered with several coats of polyurethane.

-- Evil can only thrive when good men do nothing.......E. Burke

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 11:30 PM

I like it Dave. Nice save on the wood. I can’t stand to see “good” wood go to waste.

Like to have a big ole truck load of them log’s!

Summer before last I got around 150 cedar log’s ( 4-8 ft.) by following those boys that were cleaning out from under the power lines.


-- ~Bill in Missouri~ Just Whittlin' .........always Whittlin'

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 01:10 AM

Nice to see the wood put to use rather than wasted.
My oldest brother is/was a timber faller in Oregon and he also is appalled at the amount of beetle killed timber.
He has tried working with the Forest service to reduce the amount of newly infected trees but as usual they are not the smartest bunch and wouldn’t even consider his approach, even after they hired him for the purpose of trying new techniques.
This is when he also learned of their attempts to infect the Lodgepole Pine with a fungus in an attempt to create more woodpecker habitat.
We also recently learned of the fiasco at Klamath Lake where they (Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) got themselves in trouble trying to kill off a sucker fish so that they could plant game fish.
After causing a large amount of financial hardships for the farmers and getting the local Indian tribes in an uproar they quietly decided to stop dynamiting the sucker fish but never publicly addmited what they did.
Waste not, Want not and think before you leap!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 02:56 AM

That looks great good design, Iwill be stealing that idea.


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#4 posted 11-24-2010 09:47 PM

Serbian to English translation
Great idea, nice izgleda.Da not cut off the ends of lumber may be more to the style racks …
Odlicna ideja,lepo izgleda.Da nisi odsekao krajeve daska bi mozda vise odgovarala stilu civiluka…

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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