|Project by Von||posted 11-04-2016 01:57 AM||1283 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This is “technically” a project because I had only set out to mill the wood. It’s not a “blog” because I haven’t planned on anything beyond milling out the boards you see. ...and I didn’t take enough pictures to give you all a play-by-play as it was cut up. Besides, the big idea was to see what this old oak had inside.
What was inside?
-3 iron nails, about 20p in size. Dead center of the tree about 3 feet up from the ground, back when the tree was about only 15 or 20 years old. At that time the tree was only about 4 or 5 inches in diameter. When I cut the tree down I counted out just over 120 rings of growth. Pretty neat to see what nature can do to a nail over the span of 50+ years! ( I was able to mill out the full cant, right down the center at 6”x6” where the 3 nails were hiding. It did cost me one blade in the end, but I think it’s a win for the unique lumber I got out of that blade -and I still have 7 or so new blades in a box yet)
-the stain from each nail expands to about a foot wide and appears as a deep midnight blue. The ray-fleck pattern you find in oak also develops a blue and black spotted freckle pattern when the boards are exposed to a little moisture and sunlight. My camera didn’t pick up those freckles in these shots, but it’ pretty cool.
The book matched boards are 1 pair of 3 sets I milled out from just that one cant. I still have 2 cants to mill up, plus the stump/bell of the tree which has a decent amount of blue stain already visible in the end gran alone. The little HF mill is earning it’s keep for sure!