Rescued Wood #10: This Stuff is Seriously HARD

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 01-18-2010 12:55 PM 1978 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: 17 metres of Prime Eucalyptus Trunk Part 10 of Rescued Wood series Part 11: Internal Stresses in Wood »

I have only ever dealt with smallish pieces of already dried Saligna, and my current slabbing operation is teaching me a few things.
First – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus is HARD. It took us about 30-40 minutes to cut each of the approximately 3m slabs.
Second – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus dulls chainsaw blades quite quickly. I was getting less than 2 slabs per sharpening. That’s ridiculous - I slabbed the whole Yellowwood trunk without needing to sharpen the chain even once.
Third – Saligna is beautiful and worth the effort I’m putting in.

This tree has some sections of beautiful straight-grain which will be perfect for furniture legs, shelves, flooring etc. and some sections with beautifully whorled grain perfect for display pieces like counters, doors, table tops etc.

Just by the way, these colours are accurate although a little muted because the weather was overcast.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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Chris Cunanan

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 03:32 PM

looks a lot better than most of the euc. i get around here….there’s too many holes in most of em…hear you on the hardness though, when i was cutting it once i remember thinking “what is this stuff, stone!?”

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 04:35 PM

That is really pretty lumber!! Whatcha gonna build with it?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 05:51 PM

That’s really pretty stuff. Hope you post something you make

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 10:56 PM

I think when the wood is dry enough, I’ll make bookshelves, flooring, counters, doors, table tops, balustrades, boxes, – Whatever fills the need at the time.

Maybe the first will be a name board for our new home.

Not to worry – I will post pics when I make projects from this wood.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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