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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 03-31-2014 05:07 AM 864 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2014 05:07 AM

Hello, I have been doing a fair amount of work with redwood. Anyone out there love working with redwood? Any tips on working with it?

-- Andrew, California

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 01:18 AM

Best tip I have is to not get splinters – festers up in minutes. Get them out as soon as you get one. My favorite Redwood is the old growth salvaged from houses built before 1930 or so. The color is amazing. Heavier than the construction heart grade sold now and RED – not pinkish or whitish.

Used to use bolts from shake mills in Norcal in the 70’s and always loved the sound of the pieces as they were split off for kindling. You could hear distinct musical notes as they split off. Now the wood is gaining in popularity as tone woods in instruments. Been thinking of making kalimbas and crude marimbas and slit drums with the really red and heavy stuff I’ve got stashed.

The ConHeart in lumber yards is not the same Redwood I’m talking about. I use that for fencing and trellises….......Wes

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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