|Project by Daren Nelson||posted 04-13-2008 03:13 PM||3642 views||4 times favorited||18 comments|
Here are some pictures of a little project from about a month ago, and you get a story from me (unless you just skip this part and only look at the pictures ) I slipped a couple pictures of this in a discussion here about “buying walnut”, I thought it should be revisited just because of my story ? And what I have learned about wood and myself.
When I first got my mill I viewed things quite differently than I do now. I was weird. I was always taking logs that were way too big for my little mill “You gotta 60” oak ?, sure bring it on over” for example. I thought if I was not sawing boards 20”+ what was the point of even having a mill? Anything under 10” was just a disappointment to me. I took a grinder to my mill so I could get an extra inch on my slabs even (24” was not enough ?)
I only sawed hardwoods for myself. First thing I would do was figure out my best face, get rid of that “ugly sapwood” and start grade sawing hoping for the widest knotfree lumber. I would pull a board 16” wide and 10’ long and if it had a single knot in it 3/4 the way down I would be bummed, I would focus on the “defect”. Back then sapwood was a big defect in my opinion and had to go.
My whole mindset has changed. I am just a hack woodworker, but I enjoy it. The more experience I get the more I could kick myself in the pants for some of the “defective” wood I have hauled off over the years . Matter of fact most of last projects I have posted here have been old busted up stuff that a few years ago I would have burned. I am actually seeking out only character wood to work with now, plain straight grain bores me. Basically I did a 180.
So that was my story, I learn as I go along milling and woodworking. The project, a little walnut stool with as much sapwood as I could possibly find and a big fat knot for decoration . I used sap splines in the heartwood and vise verse, the close up was before finish I am having camera troubles with close ups and glare ?