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Sawing some lignum vitae

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Blog entry by rkoorman posted 06-05-2012 05:56 AM 6233 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s

A while back we got a lignum vitae log. Now it was time to cut it into usable pieces.

It was fun to see the machine cutting straight through the log and than seeing the amazing colors in the wood.

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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 06-05-2012 06:46 AM

That is one hell of a band saw. Impressive it can get through such a dense log.

-- Allen, Colorado

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patron

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#2 posted 06-05-2012 08:20 AM

your check is in the mail

for the wood
and the bandsaw

how soon will it be delivered

lucky you

thanks

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 10:40 AM

Years ago my brother brought home a chunk of lignum vitae from the Portsmouth naval shipyard where he was a welder. It was wedge shaped but the wedge was curved lengthwise. They used the wood as a bearing for the propeller shaft that exited the rear of the sub. Seems it wore well but would swell and create a decent seal for a spinning shaft at high pressure.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 06-05-2012 11:01 AM

Amazing band saw!

Nice wood, too.

Lee

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Roger

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#5 posted 06-05-2012 11:30 AM

That is a beastly band saw! And a fine hunk-a-hunk-a wood slice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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SPalm

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#6 posted 06-05-2012 12:09 PM

Amazing. Cuts like butter.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 06-05-2012 12:33 PM

Every now and then the railroad sends us a whole flatbed load of lignum vitae and we have to rip it and mold it to something like 3-1/2 or 4 square blocks 16 ft long. I have no idea what they do with all of this stuff but it is always a rough job to machine that much at one time and we all are glad to get rid of it. It is tough and hard and heavy. it’s always tough on our molder knives. However, business being business we are always happy to see the the next load come in. The railroad always seems to have plenty of money – unlike some people I know. ;-|

helluvawreck
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#8 posted 06-05-2012 03:28 PM

Impressive

did it have any smell?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 06-06-2012 12:29 AM

Hello Rick,

that’s a beautifully peace off wood and a very impressive band saw.
Is this band saw also standing on your attic.
Thanks for the video.

Henrie.

-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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rkoorman

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#10 posted 06-06-2012 06:30 AM

@schummie : No, this is a big saw that belongs to a friend of mine. I’ve got a little one in the attic

@fernando : It does not have a real heavy smell. The dust we collected should make your hands softer after a days work. So that’s good news for my wife!!!

@patron: I’ll send it a.s.a.p…........NOT…....LOL

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 06-10-2012 12:50 AM

I have had a couple small pieces of lignum vitae, and I think its the best smelling wood. I turned a mallet with it over a year ago and it still smells just as good today. The scraps I got came from a man who got some while he worked on the canal locks in our area. They used the wood as bearings for some of the moving parts in the bridges.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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