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12-29-2017 02:46 AM

ID another mystery wood? Milled a log. - 4 replies

Years ago I picked up a thick tree branch in a parking lot. Must have fallen out of the landscaper’s waste pile. Milled a small section recently, wondering what it is. I was thinking white oak but would like to hear your ideas.Living just north of Houston, TX, the most common hardwoods are sweetgum and the red oaks; but considering the ori...

11-28-2017 09:22 PM

Should I mill these logs on the BS or buy an Alaska Mill? - 2 replies

I was fortunate to acquire a cherry tree trunk! Roughly 12” diameter, 4 logs about 3.5-4ft each.I have a 17” Grizzly BS (cast iron wheels) and a new 1” by 2-3TPI blade; I also have a chainsaw. The logs are heavy (feel like 100lbs each). I would like to mill them on the BS to minimize waste and maximize precision, but I’...

11-26-2017 02:50 AM

What about milling Pine? - 7 replies

In SE Texas where I live, Loblolly (southern yellow) pines are EVERYWHERE. They’re undesirable even for firewood, so when you cut one down you can’t even give away the logs.They are commercially logged, of course, but I’m talking homeowner stuff. I’ve been milling a few firewood logs to lumber on my 17” BS, and I...

10-10-2017 12:19 PM

Another Lumber ID thread - 45 replies

Hi everyone,Neighbors cut a dead tree. Bark looked like oak or any of the common hardwoods here (sweetgum, elm…)Tree had no leaves due to being dead, and they seem to remember that when it did, the leaves weren’t like any of the other typical trees around here. (North of Houston, TX. Conroe, if you are a Texan.) I milled some ...

09-18-2017 01:27 AM

So now I have to buy a Chainsaw...! Advice please? - 28 replies

In the never-ending downward spiral of tool purchasing, I’ve decided I must have a chainsaw. You see I bought an awesome 17” BS, which now needs a constant supply of the right size and character logs. So now I must go and buy anOTHER tool to feed this one! I believe I need two chains – one for crosscut and one for rip. Quest...

09-06-2017 11:15 PM

Dealing with the bark on natural-edge items? - 1 reply

I just made a bandsaw box from red oak that includes the bark along the top edge. My intention is to use BLO and then Arm-r-Seal on the box, but I’m wondering how to deal with the bark. It still has some green and white lichen in it too. Should I just brush in some finish and see what happens?Does anyone have experience with this? Any prec...

08-29-2017 06:00 PM

Buying Quality Handsaws at Reasonable Cost - where or how? - 24 replies

I would like to buy a crosscut saw, rip saw, and dovetail/tenon saw. Lie Nielsen saws are $200+, so no thanks. Paul Sellers shows how to set and sharpen a saw, and makes me think I should just go to the antique store and get a handful for $10 each. But I’m not certain I’d do a good job, having never owned a properly sharpened hand...

07-17-2017 09:04 PM

What is this spalted, wormy, flamey wood? - 2 replies

Just got a 17” bandsaw and immediately started sawing through firewood logs to see what I’d find.This looked interesting, but I can’t tell what it is. I’ve never seen anything like it, but I don’t have much experience. I couldn’t detect a sapwood-heartwood boundary. Perhaps most of the log is sapwood? I haven&...

07-17-2017 08:13 PM

Finishes to Swear By - 20 replies

This is going to sound a lot like asking, “Which religion or political ideology is correct”.But: What are some common, tried-and-true “Go-to” finishes/methods? For example, “Three coats of gloss Arm-r-seal and one coat of satin Arm-r-seal” or “Just tung oil”. Please specify what general appli...

07-10-2017 05:21 PM

Making a tap and die - will this work? - 15 replies

I recently saw some wooden “nuts and bolts” for kids to play with. I want my kids to have some! I’d want 1/2” diameter for toys, but while i’m at, I want 1” or 1.25” diameter for my own stuff. But buying that many threading kits would be expensive. My plan is to buy a steel bolt and nut of the desired...

07-06-2017 01:12 AM

What does this Walnut Stump want to be? Please Advise - 3 replies

I’ve been given a 5” thick slab of a walnut stump, 32” high, 17” across. It’s sat for 15 years in a barn. One face is pretty flat. My first thought was to mortise a pedestal into the other face, and make it an end table pretty much as-is, with a little adze and sander work to remove the rot. Then I discove...

06-18-2017 11:08 PM

What is this orange-colored wood? Can't be Walnut! - 35 replies

An old farmer sold me a log’s worth of wood he’d rough sawn and dried for a couple of years. He said it was black walnut, and looking at the blackened, weathered outside obviously I had no idea but I sure didn’t doubt him. Then he recalled he’s planed a few boards of this already, they were in the barn – “Let ...

03-29-2017 11:36 AM

Solid Birch - Workability and Suitability? - 9 replies

A local sawmill has 8/4 x ~10” x ~8’ birch stock for pretty cheap. I’ve never worked with roughcut lumber before. The birch looks like it’s just asking to be made into a coffee table; would I be frustrated by the hardness if I tried to hand-plane it? Some resources I found online suggested that it is so hard, it is rarely...

03-24-2017 02:01 PM

What is this green spore on my drying oak? - 5 replies

Four months ago my FIL cut down an oak (not sure the variety, but I will find out). I took a few of his logs and cut them into slabs on the chainsaw, on a whim, planning to dry the slabs for 2 years and see what they become. I checked on my slabs (kept in a garage, which is not climate controlled, but is better than you might think) this morn...

01-09-2017 06:53 PM

Help me display these flowers for wife! - 2 replies

Every year for at least 6 years, I’ve gotten my wife a “dipped rose” like this for valentine’s day. They are preserved with some kind of lacquer, and come in different colors. They’re about 12 inches long. As you can imagine, you run out of places to keep these things, but I have no intention of stopping the ...

10-15-2016 09:19 PM

Casters with no play in them... Help? - 18 replies

I bought 4 locking swivel casters from the big box store for my router table base. They are perfect in every way except… when locked, there is just a little bit of play at the swivel, so the wheel can “wobble” a little bit. It can’t turn, it can’t...

09-01-2016 04:07 PM

Restoring cracked and burned butcher block - 10 replies

I have a butcher-block topped cabinet. There are two cracks on glue lines, an awful burn-ring-looking-thing, and general surface damage. Plus if you look closely at the end grain, maybe some water damage? I don’t even know! Anyway I was thinking I’d take the top off, and either use pipe clamps and glue to put it back together,...

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