Jedi Wood Find.....Update :(

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Blog entry by MOJOE posted 02-09-2011 08:23 PM 1675 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I happened across a nice piece of crotch locust about 8 months ago while driving home from picking up my kids from daycare. It has been sitting in my garage drying ever since. I put it on the JET bandsaw today and was going to slab it up for a later project. Long story short, the thing was loaded with wire fence. At first glance, I though it was just a couple nails, so I cut around them….wrong….still hit them. I think rotated the log and cut again…..hit another piece. When I inspected further, I realized that this tree must have grown around a fence, cause I saw 6 shiny spots throughout… timberwolf blade is mad at me now…...LESSON LEARNED…...I have another log, but will perform a good inspection prior to placing it on the saw…...

By the way, when opened, the log had beautiful spalting…..

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 09:21 PM

I love locust crotch, it is always beutiful. too bad you had metal in yours.

On a related subject, I have a maple tree with a set of bed springs in it. The sawyer was cutting open the log and on one of his passes he hit the bed springs and stopped sawing. The board which had the metal was stained beutifully because of how the metal rusted with the tree sap. Well I always wondered if you could take a small tree and imbedded with reactive metal. Maybe chain, cable, bullets, horseshoes ect. Then let your great grandkids harvest these trees in the future when they are fullgrown and when they have lasers on their woodworking equipment. Oh well sounds futuristic, but I have worked with lumber which I have found a bullet or two and the wood looks unique, but hard on my equipment.

I hope you can do something with your find.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 12:57 AM

Don’t you just hate it when that happens. I have a friend that bought a 48” thich walnut log. Probably 300 years old. It was so full of nails and wire that it was un usable. It was a yard tree in the first town in the State of Delaware.

Hope you find a use for your wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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