Working with recycled timber #13: Hidden Feature !

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-25-2013 09:24 AM 1377 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a series of shots I took when working the timber for my octagonal trays.

You may remember, (if you read it that is) of a previous blog highlighting the remaining metal from power driven nails linked with wire.

Well here are the photos showing the FOD exposed after I has sawn it up, and another showing embedded metal in other places except the nail holes.

Picture No 1.

Showing residual metal lying inside the nail hole and only visible after cutting with the saw.
Not sure if a metal detector would pick this up being so small but it is ferrous. The timber is about 3/4 inch or 19mm for comparison.

Picture No 2.

Sorry about this one being blurred but it was my attempt to try and do a close up of Picture No 1

Picture No 3.

This is another piece of the same timber stock and yet another embedded shard of metal this time picked up visually after drum sanding, luckily the timber didn’t get thicknessed or Jointed as I am sure it would have nicked the blades for sure.

Now I am not sure if its really that visible, so check the top right nail hole and then look at about 7 O’clock and there it is lying in the surface at the top right of the small rice grain shaped knot.
I am not saying this was the result of a nail but just the same detris you could do without.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 10:13 AM

That looks like really scary stuff. I understand that you could nick the blade, but what happens to the wood if you hit the metal? Or more specifically, what could happen to you?

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 07:02 PM

One of the scary parts about using salvaged wood and also urban trees.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 11:56 PM

What species is that? Did you get that from a shipping pallet?

Looks like the Rubber wood im finding lately…

I posted about it here

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 12:11 AM


Yes it was a pallet, I attempted to identify the species but was unsucessful

It has a distinct yellow streak/blotch in it which is full penetration, so its natural.

I will go check out your link as I would love to know what it is purely for idle curisoity

-- Regards Rob

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