|Forum topic by SlimPickins||posted 02-28-2013 07:57 AM||1029 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
02-28-2013 07:57 AM
I’m basically dying to ask questions but since I just joined I’ll do the honorable thing and just talk a little bit about myself. Then a few days from now, I’ll ask something.
Well, I build shelves, staircases, railings, pidgeon and critter storm shelters, doors and doorways, lots of little things. Also, fences. My doors aren’t too bad but they aren’t too good but at least they work. I have often had to do my projects quickly (they aren’t usually dream projects). I’ve also built lots of garden shelves out of all kinds of wood – brazilian walnut, hardwood pallets.
I have NOT yet built any fancy gazebos or houses although I’ve built some quick, makeshift stuff in a hurry that isn’t worth discussing too much, just an experience to keep in mind for the next time around.
I guess one thing I’m pretty good at is I use a variety of woods – not just the usual pine, white cedar, red cedar, but more challenging woods such as red and white oak, brazilian walnut, meranti mahogany, kiln-dried Virginia Spruce, Douglas Fir, occasionally maple. One problem I have is finding the wood. I will probably begin to solve that problem this spring as I will take a trip to my home state and visit some of the old mills I used to know. They pretty much have what I need. So sometimes I use a different species of wood than I really wanted to use simply because I’ve been unable to find the right wood. I’ve even had lumber yards either flat-out refuse my order or cancel it later on down the line. But I’m not worried – I have lots of lumber yards that I will visit this spring and I will get more of what I want. Sadly, some of North America’s major suppliers (who supply the major department stores) do NOT supply wood to the little guy. They would prefer to make their own products and/or sell to major buyers. It’s too bad they can’t sell 5% of what they have to us little guys. It’s a shame.
By using such a large range in hardness on the Janka, I have gotten good at how to fasten wood together. It’s harder to fasten Brazilian Walnut than a simple soft piece of pine.
Another thing I’ve gotten good at is how to finish the wood naturally – which oils are best. As for stains, I am ok at certain styles of color. Some of the colors I’ve developed myself are nice and they are easy to apply. I’ve also done work with ebonizing (the old vinegar and nails trick or quebracho bark) but I’m a novice here compared to the best in the world. At least I can turn the wood (if it’s tannicky) grey.
I am an amateur but I love trees and wood so I’ll try to post more of what I’ve done.
Enjoy the beauty of wood!
-- If a bug can't eat it, it isn't good wood