|Forum topic by Mainiac Matt||posted 05-02-2012 12:24 AM||989 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
05-02-2012 12:24 AM
I’ve been getting some “fun time” doiing my annual spring “woodworking project”.... splitting fire wood.
I was admiring some of the red oak heartwood grain and figure and it occured to me that by splitting my own wood over the years I’ve actually gained quite a bit of insight about how wood grows and how different features in the growth of a tree manifest itself in different grain patterns.
Back in ‘96 when I first started clearing parts of my wooded lot in Maine, I contracted with a guy to mill timbers on site with his Wood Mizer, and part of the deal was that I had to be his tender. This also was a huge learning experience, as we milled up 10,000 BF of timbers and boards for the timber frame house I was building.
Some of the lessons learned through these experiences include:
1. blue mold gets into freshly cut pine very quickly, but spraying with dilute bleach can stop it.
I’d love to hear some of the experiences other guys on the forum have had harvesting, splitting and milling lumber and how they have informed your wood working.
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!