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Project by Harold posted 09-11-2008 06:51 AM 4882 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Don and I have been milling some of the larger driftwood that finds it’s way to shore..this log is an old cedar…about 36” dia with 17 to 28 rings to the inch..what a journey, a lot of things have changed over this trees life. in the second picture you can see Marilyn settling in for the long haul…apparently this tree was drawn to the same little patch of black sand my wife found…I should have been suspicious when she volunteered to come with us.. well anyhow she did pack a wonderful lunch…

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#1 posted 09-11-2008 06:58 AM

That’s some pretty wood, Sir. How big are the pieces that you cut? Any ideas what you’ll build?

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 09-11-2008 06:59 AM

I had no idea that cedar ever grew that big

-- Joe

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#3 posted 09-11-2008 07:30 AM

took 3 cuts at 3 3/4” thick.. one full length 9+ feet the other two thick cuts 5’ and 4’ the remainder will be 2”....I will be beginning a set of hope chests/cabinets next spring…

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#4 posted 09-11-2008 07:54 AM

Now that is about as ‘green’ a delivery system as one can imagine. The only pitfall will be in placing the right order at the right time.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#5 posted 09-11-2008 01:24 PM

Nice find, talk about being at the right place at the right time

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#6 posted 09-11-2008 02:42 PM

Thats awesome. Does the saltwater have any affect on the wood though?

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#7 posted 09-11-2008 05:06 PM

All I can say is wow, wow, wow.

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#8 posted 09-11-2008 06:19 PM

Sweet! I would love to find something like that!

-- Cov, Loomis, CA,

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#9 posted 09-11-2008 06:57 PM

Wow, terrific find! I bet that log is as glad that you found it as you are… we’re lookin’ forward to the projects.

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

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#10 posted 09-11-2008 11:56 PM

Awesome backyard and view. Excellent Find! Keep on salvaging.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#11 posted 09-12-2008 05:23 AM

Agree with RobS, salvage wood is the best!

-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#12 posted 09-12-2008 08:06 PM

I agree—Nice find!!!

However, I am also curious about the effects of salt water on wood, if any.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#13 posted 09-16-2008 08:31 AM

Wow! That’s a great log. I can’t wait to see your finished projects.

I wish the laws here in Wisconsin weren’t so strict. We are not allowed to remove anything—no driftwood, not even sticks or stones—from the beaches. The state considers it their property since nearly all bodies of water here are state-owned and controlled by the DNR.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 09-17-2008 05:50 AM

this log is a white cedar, I’m guessing it’s origin is Alaska. Much of the cedar originating in Alaska is transported in floating decks to transports and or mills. Technically this wood is considered flotsam and can be salvaged. I have read that various ancient cultures would season(sink) wood but the benefits or reasons for this practice has been largely lost to time. Exposed to the elements long enough the wood will break up or break down, beat up on the rocks, big ole black bees and the sun beating down on it.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#15 posted 11-01-2008 04:35 AM

When we were up in Alaska for vacation, we got to see someone carving a totem pole. I grabbed some of the scraps (with his permission) to incorporate into a project I’ll build down the road. I believe it was red cedar. the strength to weight ratio was incredible.

So did you use a chainsaw mill to do this or did you just freehand it? Have you been drying it or had a chance to work it if its already dry?

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