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08-08-2012 11:44 PM

I haven’t been able to get anything done in my wood shop for the last 6 weeks because of the trees that either fell down or we had cut down need to be gotten rid of.
I’m having severe withdrawal symptoms from not being able to play with my table saw or router or even the ROS!

The best I can do is stand outside and look through the windows from 300’ away watching my tools watch me while I lop up logs and branches!


-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 08-08-2012 11:54 PM

At least yer workin’ wood.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-08-2012 11:58 PM

That sucks man.Slap together a mitered box or something just to be doing something.I do that quite often.Tinker on it a little at a time.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 12:01 AM


Make a wooden bench from the log and branches


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 12:02 AM

Hellooooo…... yer cuttin up trees/logs = wood/lumber??? maybe… put on a happy face… :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 01:15 AM

I hear ya. My indoor and outdoor honey-do list have kept me from building any furniture for since fall of 2010, though I have worked on a deck and pergola last summer. I’m chomping at the bit!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 02:22 AM

You need one of those new bandsaw/bandmill from . You are harvesting that wood, right? :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 02:44 AM

It’s killing me to see that live oak go to the landfill! Wish I was closer and I’d come help cut it up.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 08-09-2012 02:52 AM

Find/rent a woodmizer then sticker stack and know you’re set for future projects. HF has a cheap one that works well from the reviews I’ve seen. If you have that much wood to cut it could pay for its self in lumber.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#9 posted 08-09-2012 11:20 AM

It’s unfortunate that there was so much insect and drought damage to these trees. I’ve picked out 4 logs that I will slab up later, but mostly even the large 40-60 inch diameter logs are too damaged to try to save.

Andy, it kills me more that I have to put it on our burn pile. We have one kid that comes by on his days off and picks up as much as he can in his half ton dodge, but that doesn’t even touch most of it, but we’ve had people call us and ask how much we would pay them to take it, others wanted us to load it on their trailers, still others wanted us to deliver and stack it for them.
At least this kid is trying to make a dollar on his own in his spare time to support his wife and 2 kids. He works at the local grocery store 10-12 hours per day and has some odd hours.

Derosa, I can slab up the logs I have to stack and sticker them, but I have to be careful as the oak is green and really heavy. I cut a block out of a small log to weigh it. 1’X1’X2’ weighed 194 pounds on our home scale. I wish there was a woodmizer near here. The closest one we’ve found is ove 140 miles away and he says he’s busy until at least the middle of October. By that time I hope to have this bunch gone and will be taking down another 4 to 6 trees over the winter.

Rance, I’ll have to look over at Woodgear to see the band mill. Thanks for the tip!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 08-09-2012 05:52 PM

Dallas, I know just how it is. It gets very depressing when you are prevented from doing what you would want to do, and just looking at your tools doesn’t help.
I have often thought of finding some woodwork that I can do at the house, like hand carving, but I don’t have any artistic genes in that area. I’ll have to carry on trying to come up with something.
You will just have to take it real easy with the tree felling as you will make your injury much worse, and that will not be good. Just do what you can do when you feel up to it, and like I said, find a related “hobby” that you can do at the house when you are hurting.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 08-12-2012 02:32 AM

. . . wish you were closer, I would run over {well, drive over} and give you a hand:<

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 08-12-2012 02:42 AM

Some people can be amazing sometimes with their demands, here in the soon to be cold, snowy north you offer free wood like that and it can disappear fast, but then some people know what it’s like to run out of wood when the temps really dip low and the pipes can freeze.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#13 posted 08-12-2012 03:04 AM

I cut up two logs today for the young fella to come haul off.
I worked about 3 hours but it seemed like a full day.
The two big logs were hollow and about 48-56” across.

I have mostly gotten rid of 2 of the trees and half of another. I think there is probably another 25-35 cords of wood left.

I cut out a crotch today that has some amazing figure, but is showing 38% moisture so I have it in the shop drying. I hope it’s down in the next month or so so I can run one side through the planer and show pictures.

I have been amazed at the reception to free wood…. In the PNW where I’m from, this stuff wouldn’t have been there after a week, let alone 6 weeks!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 08-14-2012 09:55 PM

I too am having withdrawals, but because of the weather. My shop has been in the 90’s for the past 2 months. I try to get some work done, but I perspire all over my saw and wood.

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