|Project by Richard||posted 07-11-2010 01:27 AM||2312 views||17 times favorited||12 comments|
The lumber is some old nail infested torn up flooring that was headed to the dump and I decided to salvage it. My challenge is to recycle the lumber and turn it into a trunk and donate it to our Humane Society’s annual silent auction fundraiser. I figure what was destined to be thrown away will help animals in need so hopefully both the wood and animals will be given a second life.
The flooring they say is Australian Cypress, and I never worked with it before, so we shall see what kind of project it will make. To be continued…
Well the trunk is done and I have to say that Austrailian Cypress is a mess to work with, At first the wood smells nice but the sawdust is quite oily and it gets everywhere, and because of its oily nature, it wants to stick to every surface in my shop. Also the wood cracked and moved on me, and the finish had a hard time drying on the knots. Also I nearly broke my finger when the lid closed on me while sanding, so I bought some spring hinges.
Overall, kind of a project from hell, but it is going for a good cause. As for the lumber I don’t think I will use this species again.
As for the challenge part, I challenge all you lumberjocks with an extra project or two, to donate them to a silent auction. or raffle of your choosing. Gives you an excuse to dust off those old tools, or gives you an excuse to buy that drum sander you always wanted but the wife said NO.
-- Richard Boise, Idaho