The vast majority of my wood working "projects" are like this.

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The vast majority of my wood working "projects" are like this.
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I am just a hack woodworker, but I make my own wood. Well, I guess I don’t make it, I just mill it. I really enjoy it. I would rather on most days just make lumber than anything from it really, I’m weird like that.
I milled some decent walnut today 24” wide 5/4” live edge slabs 10 feet long (man where they heavy, kinda got into a little more work that I had planned on a Sunday) I sure think they are pretty though. Sorry only one picture, I have to go out and sticker it all before dark/I run out of steam.


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#1 posted 2284 days ago

I think the only thing nicer would be a Virginia Tech T-shirt between those board! Thanks for posting Darren. I always love your finds and have really enoyed checking out your website. Excellent information there!

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#2 posted 2284 days ago

Looks great!! What kind of bandmill do you have?? Does not say on your website, great pics though. Keep up the great work.

Kevin Davis
Ruff Cutts

-- To those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know. Unknown, on an empty C-ration box. Khe Sahn 1968

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Daren Nelson

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#3 posted 2284 days ago

Kevin I have a little . I have used/abused it for 5 years, the little dude has paid for itself 100 times over.

Jarrod, I sell a little wood to locals to cover my expenses (blades/gas etc.) to build my own stash and find new logs. I mostly custom mill or share cut a little since the mill is not eating anything now. I hit it hard early on selling lumber locally and nationwide via the web. I don’t really sell online anymore unless I have a glut of something, the wood in the picture for example I will never have what I would consider a glut of I doubt (?)


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#4 posted 2284 days ago

Man, those are some beautiful slabs!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2284 days ago

those are some gorgeous looking boards!
I love the idea of being able to mill my own boards… someday…

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#6 posted 2284 days ago

I am so envious that you have a) those two boards in your hands b) a sawmill to make more with and c) the time to do such things !!! Take care and thanks for the tease : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 2284 days ago

Very cool looking timber!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 2284 days ago

Beautiful looking wood! And 24” wide at that! Man, you don’t get that around here! I can see why you get such a thrill out making such fine wood. It would be hard to make something that could be more beautiful than the way that it is.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 2284 days ago

Those are beautiful pieces. I can see a lot of projects in the making.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 2284 days ago

yeah, I’m drooling a little.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 2284 days ago

Choco-licious! Beautiful specimens, Daren.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 2283 days ago

Me love walnut and maple. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 2283 days ago

Walnut-s with maple syrup over them Great.

Nice setup.

Looks like you are having fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#14 posted 2283 days ago


-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 2276 days ago

You are a hit …..certainly better than the Mariners …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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