|Forum topic by PG_Zac||posted 02-19-2009 08:34 AM||3827 views||2 times favorited||10 replies|
02-19-2009 08:34 AM
Sometimes, while chatting to woodworkers, I mention that I have rescued a few (metric) tons of wood of various species from going to waste. This is usually in log form, and most woodworkers ask how I make it usable. Well, I mill it myself, with my self-built Alaskan mill.
Several people off-forum have expressed an interest in how I do it, so here is the first installment. I have done a few logs before now, but this is the first time I have recorded the process rather than the final result on camera.
This first log is the bottom piece of a Norfolk Pine that was felled for development in November or December 2006. I had previously spoken to the local tree feller, and asked him to let me know when he had I job I might be interested in helping him remove. We cut the trunk into sections that his six laborers could manhandle onto our pickup.
This piece has been stored unprotected like this for the last two years or so. I put the helmet on it for visual scale.
This is the detail revealed when I opened the third cut.
This log was stored under less than ideal (or even advisable) conditions, as proven by the growing mushrooms on the central slab.
So I have a couple of slabs 22cm thick by 49cm wide, and 3 hefty slabs with a flat face and a curved face.
Later I’ll load some pics of the Wild Plum I also did on the same day. There is also a picture of the saw and jig in action.
It was not a fun day because it was raining the whole time, but the result made it rewarding.
-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.