I was fortunate enough to obtain a heap of timber beams from under the house of my friend Wally.
It was also fortunate I had No1 and No3 son staying for the weekend and they assisted in loading and unloading the material.
There were ten beams overall, The 2 x grey chamfered ones being Oregon, and the remaining seven being a pine species, either Hoop Pine or Huon Pine, both species getting into the hard to find category and the Huon pine is a timber no longer allowed to be cut down and a licence to mill it is held by only 3 sawmills which leads to the pine being recovered from waterways for the next two generations possibly making it very expensive to buy these days.
Here is the stack the boys did.
Some dimensions checked:
One of the beams is yet to be accurately identified its the runt in the stack.
Now for the Challenge
No1 son (who I made the 1500×1500mm table top for) wants a rustic narrow long hall table and was keen to use the timber we had just received.
So today I set to work cutting one up, I chose the 2100 length because it was the lightest and only just managable by me on my own.
I wrestled it onto the table saw and set up some in and out feed rollers to assist me.
I determined I could cut three pieces at 48mm to maximise the timber,
I checked the beam and it had a bow in it on one side, but the remaining sides were surprisingly straight and square, So I worked out I could do two cuts in from each side then invert and repeat without having to joint it first, you would not get away with missing this step with the timber sold these days!
So it was a slow careful feed.
The first two cuts:
All went well so I continued on and did two more. The bow is visible in the middle if you look closely!
I attached my straight edge onto the side of the beam using double sided tape, all the tape did really was to stop it from sliding around, and again I worked it through the saw.
I didnt take any in progress shots of the thicknessing, but hey, thicknessing is thicknessing, the results are the important aspect so here they are.
For what it is, just pine is its beautiful timber so its “Challenge Completed”.
Now I will just have to wait for assistance with the rest.
The Table Saw:
Did the saw like it? well a bit of belt screeching occured at one time of which was possibly my fault I think, as a slight check on the alignment stopped it imediately and all was well again.
Mind you a sharp blade is essential!
I dont think it would be the same story if I was silly enough to do a full depth cut like this with a similar hardwood variety. I could however possibly do incremental cuts if it was really required.
Similar timber like this (Doulas Fir/Oregon) sells for about $35 to $45 per Lm
-- Regards Robert