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12-16-2017 03:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar log

I’ve had this piece of cedar sitting in my garage for awhile and I’ve been trying to think what I could make with it. It’s about 4” in diameter and it’s about 22” long from top to bottom. I feel the best option would be something on the lathe, unfortunately I don’t have one.

Couple things I had thought of were, business card holders or small keepsake box(es).

But I don’t know if either of those are possible since I don’t have a bandsaw.

Any ideas?


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#1 posted 12-16-2017 04:03 PM

Unless you’re handy with a hand saw, the answer is nothing. You’ll need a band saw or ripping handsaw to get anything approaching useful wood out of it.

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#2 posted 12-16-2017 04:10 PM



Unless you re handy with a hand saw, the answer is nothing. You ll need a band saw or ripping handsaw to get anything approaching useful wood out of it.

- jonah


Yeah, I had a feeling that’s the general consensus.

wonder if i could get a 5” block out of it with the miter saw. then maybe try and square it up to get a few small slices out of it for a business card holder?

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#3 posted 12-16-2017 04:10 PM

I agree….Not much you can do with a piece that small, and no good way to saw it….I’d use it for firewood, if you have a fireplace….It’ll smell good…!!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#4 posted 12-16-2017 04:12 PM

originally i was going to cut some small discs and stick them in drawers and crates that we store clothes in. maybe i’ll just do that. or maybe make some votive candle holders out of a couple discs.

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#5 posted 12-16-2017 04:42 PM

First, what tools do you have? On YouTube, This Old Tony made an unbelievably beautiful gun stock out of a piece of cherry that started just like that, although he has tons of tools. Most power tools do the same things as hand tools, just faster, easier, more accurately, etc.

https://youtu.be/XQn5PdM5mbw

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#6 posted 12-16-2017 05:01 PM

This sounds to me like a really good excuse to buy a band saw. You should always think in terms of what tools you can find a reason to acquire.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 12-16-2017 05:04 PM


First, what tools do you have? On YouTube, This Old Tony made an unbelievably beautiful gun stock out of a piece of cherry that started just like that, although he has tons of tools. Most power tools do the same things as hand tools, just faster, easier, more accurately, etc.

https://youtu.be/XQn5PdM5mbw

- CaptainSkully

just a miter saw and a table saw mainly. but i did just remember i have an old shopcraft 10” bandsaw that was my dad’s that might work if i could rig up a fence for it maybe.

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#8 posted 12-16-2017 05:06 PM

Make end grain coasters.
If u have a table saw u might b able to cut some boards out of it

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#9 posted 12-16-2017 05:08 PM

Slice it up and make clocks out of it.

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#10 posted 12-16-2017 05:19 PM

Make a table saw jig like one of these to square it up then decide.

Use the table saw to resaw them into 1/2” or 9/16” boards and stack and sticker them. I think I see some jewelry boxes in there.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#11 posted 12-16-2017 06:11 PM


I feel the best option would be something on the lathe, unfortunately I don t have one.

- bndawgs

First, tell your wife (or significant other), that you have this magnificent piece of cedar that you’ve been saving especially so that you can build her a jewelry box and that you plan to fill the box with jewelry for her. Tell her that the only thing stopping you from making the box is that you don’t have a lathe.

Then get the lathe and make her a pepper grinder and tell her you’ll make the jewelry box next.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#12 posted 12-16-2017 06:50 PM


I feel the best option would be something on the lathe, unfortunately I don t have one.

- bndawgs

First, tell your wife (or significant other), that you have this magnificent piece of cedar that you ve been saving especially so that you can build her a jewelry box and that you plan to fill the box with jewelry for her. Tell her that the only thing stopping you from making the box is that you don t have a lathe.

Then get the lathe and make her a pepper grinder and tell her you ll make the jewelry box next.

- Ripper70

hahaha, this is hilarious. I feel like I’ve probably already pulled that one before and my wife would see right through that.

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#13 posted 12-16-2017 06:56 PM

Do you have a fireplace?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#14 posted 12-16-2017 07:01 PM



Do you have a fireplace?

- LesB


I do, but I’m also bored and wouldn’t mind messing around with this log. I always get a kick out of making something out of nothing or being able to use something I’ve found for a project.

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#15 posted 12-17-2017 03:36 AM


I always get a kick out of making something out of nothing or being able to use something I’ve found for a project.
- bndawgs

Same here. I guess that’s why I see small boxes in that piece. Once you get it milled square you can use the TS to resaw and slice off a bunch of nice bookmatched drawer fronts or lids to joint together.

I’d stay away from the 10” band saw. A TS will give you true smooth square cuts if you set up the jig carefully. I’m a relative noob so here's a few helpful tips I recently learned here. Mill them slightly thicker than what you want as a final thickness. If you want the final thickness to be 1/2” cut them 9/16” thick. They will try to warp so stack and sticker them by using Rich’s technique of wrapping the stack nice and tight in pallet tape rather than a weight. It’s much more portable. Let them relax for a week or two then put them in a plastic bag. When, and only when (same day) you are going to use them slice them down to your final dimensions.

If you’re like me the skills you will pick up will be a blast. Even if the wood is wasted in the attempt, it’s worth it. But….that’s just me.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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