Planing rough lumber - Planer found a bullet

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08-14-2012 12:25 AM

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While planing some rough stock (red oak) for my latest project I noticed one of the boards had a dark streak and thought that it was an interesting grain color, maybe left by some bugs that made the tree their home for a while. My last pass was very light, just creeping up on the 3/4” I wanted. I noticed a small shiny object as the board exited the planer, and gulp…did I just hit a nail and ruin my newly sharpened blades? Nope, dug out the object and it was a bullet. Another first for me. No damage to the planer. I never stand directly in front of the planer, so no harm done. Thought I’d share.

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 12:27 AM

You are so lucky!

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 12:35 AM

I’ve found so many bullet with the saw mill. You’re lucky, it was lead. Most of the ones I’ve found have been lead as well. The metal jackets don’t cut as easy.

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 12:50 AM

Who would shoot a tree? ;-)

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#4 posted 08-14-2012 01:05 AM

I feel your pain, hit one myself doing some cherry, of course it damaged 3 other blades on my 6 head moulder….but thankfully not me…

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#5 posted 08-14-2012 01:08 AM

We hit a few bullets on a batch TN wood of family land. I thought it was pretty cool and so did our customer.

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