Building Falling Waters Lamps #6: Take a little off the top Mr. Carnahan...

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Blog entry by HerbC posted 05-11-2011 02:19 AM 5173 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I called my friend who had previously loaned me his Dewalt 734 planner (which he took home last Saturday) to see if I could bring the pieces for these lamps over to his house and plane them to the final thicknesses. He said that since the planer was still in his truck that he’d just drop it off at my house today.

So this afternoon I planed the poplar and the sycamore down to the final thickness. I didn’t take any pictures of the actual planing operations but here’s a few photos of the planed material:

Poplar – one 1/2”, one 3/8” and two 1/4” thick.

Four pieces of spalted sycamore 1/4” thick.

The other four pieces of spalted sycamore 1/4” thick. The holes you see were made by flat headed borers which are the larva form of a beetle that got into the logs before I had them (the logs) milled into lumber. The borers that were not sawn up in the process died once the logs were milled and began to dry. The damage from the borers is something I have to work around as I use this lumber.

All the planed material makes a small stack…

Stacked and stickered and weighed down to minimize movement while acclimatizing.

Again, the sycamore will be used for the shades and the popular will be painted black and used for the bases of thes lamps.

Next process will be to rip the sycamore to rough width.

Thanks for looking in and remember…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#1 posted 05-11-2011 03:40 AM

otherwise known as “spalted” timber. Quite beautiful when done right.


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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