|Project by irishhandyman||posted 05-15-2008 05:16 PM||1709 views||1 time favorited||21 comments|
Greetings everyone. Ok here is the story. Over 15 years ago my brother needed lumber to make floor joists for a extra bedroom on the second story of the house. Ok, now keep in mind we are of Scottish blood, uh that means we have bad tempers and were cheap. Ok that said, we went to our local saw mill and asked what they had as far as 8/4 ANYTHING about 12’ long. Well the joist were laid and forgotten untill last year.
Well my brother and I thought the house was due for a revamp. Ok so out comes the ole joists. Well low and behold the wood turned out to be Oak and Hickory. The wood is dried, through time and heat. It has never been in a kiln, but I have checked the MC and it says 6-7%. I had straight edged it months ago to see if it would try to change. I aslo rough planed it to see if I really had anything. Now to put everyones mind at ease ALL nails were removed, checked with a metal detector to double check before the wood ever passed any blade.
Ok now lets advance to today. I took the wood out to where I work and I made blanks out of it. The wider pieces are 4 1/2’‘X 1 1/4’’ X random length. some about 6’ at the longest. Its a mix of Oak and Hickory and for the most part its ok. There are a few knots, but none open. The Hickory does have a few cracks in only a few. Ok now everyone here is where YOU come in. I need ideas. I am open to suggestions here. Now keep in mind, I am kinda new at this and my tools are few. The basics as far as table saw, orbital sanders, bar clamps, drills. I started out as a handyman so you can imagine my tools are more for anything but fine wood working. Ok now for the pics. Oh and please dont look at the date. Never buy digitlal cameras from Dollar General.
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