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Forum topic by robert triplett posted 03-05-2012 07:28 PM 763 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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robert triplett

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03-05-2012 07:28 PM

I was asked by an Aide at school where I work if I was interested in some old Redwood Burl. Silly question!! She said it was old. I has been sitting in a shed for 30 years and might not be any good. Does burl go bad?? Her husband used to work at a prison work camp near Mendocino, CA and he would take inmates out on state land to cut wood for projects. He had planned to make chairs with this wood, but got stalled partway. He retired and she is going to soon and wants it gone. I have to finish a chair for him and the other 3 chair sets are mine. It is old, dry, and dusty, but nice under 30 years of dust. I cut a piece to try for a box top. The sides are about 40 ” tall and 24” wide by 1-1 1/4” thick. the seats and backs are about 14” x 18” and 5/8th to 3/4” thick. A lot of box potential!! The wood is pretty brittle for a chair with his design, so I need to reinforce the mortise and tenon joints he cut. But challenges are good, right?

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 07:36 PM

Maybe you can split the tenons and wedge them with a contrasting wood.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 07:38 PM

Great score Robert!!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

#3 posted 03-05-2012 09:10 PM

As I told you on the phone you are so lucky in finding great wood “FOR FREE” LOL Adam Sandlers used that line in one of the movies he played in. OK you have to finish one chair for it but thats just fun for you. Great looking wood Robert.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 10:07 PM

cool find

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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