|Project by RichardH||posted 08-04-2010 04:46 PM||1956 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
No posts lately as I was on my annual trek back to Alabama to visit family.
Last year we took down a maple and I was worried that it would be a little too far gone by this summer to be useful. It’s a little punky near the edges, and a little pit marked, but I like working with wood like this, so should be fine. These were the biggest slabs I’ve done so far with the largest portion over 22 inches wide (chainsaw in the background has a 28 inch bar for reference)
While there on this trip, I helped my father-n-law take down a dying 12-14 inch diameter cherry. I cut a few slabs and a bunch of turning blanks from this wood.
In the end I filled up the back of my suburban (had to throw my own luggage on top) with wood. My wife is not a great fan of me hauling all this wood back, but she has come to accept it and note that only my luggage rides home on top of the car ;-)
I mostly do lathe work, but will have to start thinking of how I might use slabs in the future. No hurries as I don’t have a kiln and will just let them air dry over a year or two.
By the way, still getting used to a small chainsaw mill apparatus. Given the near 100 degree heat and near 100% humidity, it was flat out hard work. Still, very satisfying to stack up these slabs.
-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."