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334 days ago

need suggestions on "Mother of All Wedding Benches" - 8 replies

ok, daughter and wife asked me to make a wedding bench for my daughters wedding next month. the idea is to have a bench and people sign the bench as opposed to a guest book and they have all those names and memories on their front porch for eternity. so of course if i am going to make something i am going all out, and i have a stockpile of sla...

362 days ago

Cypress density - 4 replies

i felled a suburban cypress tree about a year and 4 months ago, and milled it in January. i am in Houston, and we had a warm winter. i air dried it in a stack that was well stickered. i put a 4.5” x7’x20” slab in my attic for about 3 months, this is being used as a seat for “the mother of all wedding benches” th...

377 days ago

lost in the maze of finishing an extrior piece.... - 2 replies

I am now in the construction phase of “The Mother of all Wedding benches” for my daughter and son-in-law to-be, made out of live edge slab cypress. Waterlox and other marine poly’s add a undesirable yellow color and i really dont want that. The bench will be on a porch, subject to occasional windblown rain and maybe very low ...

457 days ago

looking for a mill near Houston - 2 replies

anyone know of a mill for cutting slabs around here? band saw best of course, my old source flaked on me and a new source has a small saw that cant cut over 20”, less the more shape or crotch the log has.

465 days ago

i FREAKING LOVE osage orange!! - 5 replies

THIS WOOD IS AWESOME! a friend gave me a log that had been dead a while, slight spalting in a few areas but not enough to get excited over. i milled it out, and letting it dry, but as an experiment i went ahead and made an experimental table to see how it does, otherwise, as dense as this wood is it would take 4 years for a 2” slab to ...

466 days ago

"TheMother of All Wedding Benches" mock up...... - 4 replies

a bit back i posted questions in the finishing forum on this project – my largest ever. from “pinterest” my wife and daughter found an idea and decided i should make a “wedding bench” for her wedding. basically you just make a bench, and your wedding guests sign it so you have their memento every time you enjoy a ...

493 days ago

wedding guest bench finishing ideas - 3 replies

i make slab/live edge furniture, mainly for myself and family and am starting to sell a few. lately my finish of choice – due to ease of application and appearance of a quality product – is an optional base application of danish oil, the dark if i want to stain a light colored wood, followed by General Finishes Gel Topcoat. I reall...

514 days ago

drying slabs.... - 2 replies

i have a thick slab of red oak – bad wood for movement i know, but i got the wood for free and i am not going to wait 5 yrs for it to dry. if nothing else its a learning piece. the wood has sat out in the Houston heat for 8 months after milling, and was on the ground as a whole log for and undetermined amount of time, but long enough f...

575 days ago

Rockwell/Delta Model 10 TS - 22 replies

we are a familiy of modest means so a nicey nice table saw of my dreams will always be just that, especially with my other financially draining hobbies (cameras, surfboards, and mountain bikes) just cant do it all. so my son pooled the wife and sister together, did a ton of research, and found the above table saw for a very sweet price – ...

716 days ago

quarter sawing for a newbie - 18 replies

i have a friend/potential client that wants me to make some things from some oaks they had to fell on their property due to out horrendous drought we had in texas last year. they want a table or two since they came from their property, a park bench, and are going to build a new house in a year or 2 so i suggested they go ahead and mill out a Nic...

800 days ago

wood porn - milling trees from your own property revisited - 37 replies

just joined – and read another post on this subject and it was the reason i looked into this site in the first place. i have made a few slab tables in the past, but it was 30 years ago and i got lucky on some really nice mesquite. infact i recently reclaimed them and made a really nice coffee, end, and entry table set. 12/4 thick, no cra...


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