|Forum topic by Lee Barker||posted 12-17-2010 07:21 PM||1860 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
12-17-2010 07:21 PM
Three times in my woodworking career I have come across stray lead in lumber.
I have no documentation of the presentation box I built about 5 years ago for a client who asked that three species of reclaimed lumber be used. I found three slugs in one of the boards, and he asked that I include them as visibly as possible.
The first time I found lead I was ripping face frame stock from oak and a group of 1 1/2” material was on its way into the planer when I spotted the unusual gray color. I didn’t know what it was, but feared it was something ferrous (feral?) but it immediately disappeared into the machine. Out the other side came nicely planed edges with a sparkling copper ring and shiny lead slug. Further examination of the stock revealed another example. I cut them out and saved them. In the image you see the double piece which has a hinge on the back. Opened, you see the slug. The other board shows the effect then the reverse side. It is interesting to study these grain patterns to see how the tree responded to the insult from the projectile.
Latest find was straightlining 6/4 oak for rails for an arts and crafts bed (see my Projects Page for images of the frame). The client insisted the bullet show as prominently as possible, so he made sure it appeared on her side, not his.
What’s your story?
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"