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Blackie_

4535 posts in 1979 days


07-03-2015 10:38 PM

Not that kind of sawing logs the real kind, geeez…. :)

I pulled these logs out thinking they were ready and rip for the picking but after sawing a few logs, I found that they needed to cook quite a bit longer, they’d been in the spalting pit for close to 2 years and thought I could shut the pit down as I have enough lumber to last me for the next few years or longer but these on the ground are going back in, they just aren’t quite ready yet, no spalting what so ever on these.

The log without bark is Chinaberry the others are Arizona Ash

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs


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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 10:54 PM

Love that Grizzly G0555 saw! Nice log sled, Randy!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Blackie_

4535 posts in 1979 days


#2 posted 07-03-2015 11:19 PM

Hey Jim another thing about the saw, I didn’t use the factory stand that came with it I instead built a custom wooden stand with storage and built in mobile system

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DocSavage45

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 12:43 AM

Randy,

what are the log diameters? Good to see your back making sawdust in your shop.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 07-04-2015 02:33 AM

Nice work. I have the same saw, just not the riser.

I don’t see anything wrong with getting up at the crack of noon!

And every day is Saturday! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 11:43 AM

Tom, they are 11 – 13 inches, I had to chisel some of the back and outer skin on a couple of the logs. One I had to take a slice off with chain saw to narrow it down a bit.

Mike, I bought the riser at the same time I bought the saw after reading comments and reviews and have not regretted it, the only thing that I’ve noticed is that it took a full inch from the vertical support to the blade reducing it from a 14” to a 13” but giving me 13” from the guides in full up position to the table.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Roger

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#6 posted 07-04-2015 01:02 PM

That’s a really nice set-up for slicing those logs up.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 07-04-2015 01:20 PM

What you are doing is so interesting and you seemed to be set up to do it very efficiently.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Blackie_

4535 posts in 1979 days


#8 posted 07-04-2015 01:29 PM

Thanks Charles and Roger

I mill the logs into 1 1/2 thick boards, I than place them stickered on a drying rack inside of a 8×10 metal storage shed since I don’t have a kiln nor room for one I have to allow them the 1 + year drying time.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DocSavage45

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#9 posted 07-04-2015 06:48 PM

Randy,

From the diameters I’m guessing the logs are about 24 inches? The boards appear to be edged as well? Do you remove the bark before drying?

I’m also guessing the stand you made sets the saw table exactly at your waist height?

I bought the heavy duty dollies from shop fox for my GO555. Being 5’8” and adding the dolly puts the band saw table a little higher.

Happy 4th of July!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Arlin Eastman

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#10 posted 07-04-2015 07:40 PM

Randy

I also have been making a sled for my Grizzly bandsaw http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-Ultimate-Bandsaw/G0636X

and trying to make it so the sled moves and not me or the wood.

You really did a great job. Are you stickering it and coating the ends with Anchorseal so they do not crack?

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Blackie_

4535 posts in 1979 days


#11 posted 07-04-2015 10:50 PM

Tom, the table height is 43” the stand height is 22” I do not remove the bark, if you notice in the pictures I make the first pass then turn the log so that its laying on the sled then I make another waste pass to remove the top skin thenI move the sled in 1 1/2” increments, I do not remove the bark, if you go back through my blogs you’ll find where I made the stand, all cuts are made with an 1/2” custom made blade from local supplier.

Here you go Tom. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/54531

Arlin thanks, I think I also have a blog on the sled as well, I don’t coat the ends like you should but I’ve never had a problem with splitting perhaps I’m just lucky and yes they are stickered on a drying rack.

Poly, shellac and latex paint work as well for coating the ends

Happy 4th

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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cdaniels

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#12 posted 07-04-2015 11:17 PM

did you introduce any cultures or spores?

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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Blackie_

4535 posts in 1979 days


#13 posted 07-04-2015 11:19 PM

Not enough, it’s all mostly hardwood dust from my DC just poured around the logs I didn’t have any already spored at least not enough.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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cdaniels

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#14 posted 07-04-2015 11:23 PM

from what I learned when I went to a seminar on wood science it works best if you cut the boards and introduce the cultures to the end grain, even just a tiny dab will do it. they cut the boards and add the culture then sticker stack them in rubbermaid containers and they can get a complete spalting process done in a week. The cultures are also available to purchase and you can even get different colors! it’s really neat IMO

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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Blackie_

4535 posts in 1979 days


#15 posted 07-05-2015 12:29 AM

So glad I posted this, you had put me onto somthing, I just came from fine woodworking member site and read up on DYI spalling and it was explained just what you mentioned and I just so happen to have several 30 gallon plastic containers, thanks for leading me onto this. I already have several sacrificial pieces of Spalted hackberry

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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