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Blog entry by RobS posted 11-24-2007 07:44 PM 11766 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“The inner compasses of the mind must encircle the whole quantity of material beforehand” – medieval poet Geoffrey de Vinsauf.

Here’s a few before shots, as in before I know what I want to make with them….




That’s a soda can in the middle for reference…

• In the forefront are two old pieces of wood that I found next to a creek, they may be old bridge boards as they had several 20 penny nails in them, are almost 3 inches thick, almost 12 inches wide and almost 10 feet long. I haven’t determined the type of wood yet as they are almost 100 pounds each, extremely heavy..
• Back left to right are three pieces of Osage orange, the first was an old fence post and the next two are split pieces of trunk, all three from the side of an old farm road.

Now to determine their outcome…..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 11-24-2007 08:15 PM


-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-24-2007 09:30 PM

Based on your previous work, I’m sure you’re gonna put the materials to good use!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 11-25-2007 02:54 AM

Those decking boards look pretty much weathered to the hilt. I like those for making rustic frames. The original builders usually used oak for bridge decking. Be nice to see what you do with the lot.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 11-25-2007 09:20 AM

That sounds like a fun venture. Anxious to see what it becomes.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 11-25-2007 02:17 PM

this is exciting… from find to vision to fruition!! Can’t wait

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 11-26-2007 02:56 PM

Hi Rob;
....I see you also are a far ranging wayfaring soul on a waundering walk-about….I mean Geoffrey de Vinsauf, awesome! Oh the writers of poetry and such that this one has inspired….brings back memory’s for me. And now he has inspired you with this beaut-i-full piece of ‘wood art’ yet to come….

The 3’‘x12’‘x10’ boards or slabs are definably in the character of how you like to work wood. I was thinking that maybe some of the weight is coming from the water of that creek….? And then there’s the Osage orange, I’ve never used this wood before, but have seen it’s use in many fine pieces of furniture, along with the other fine species of wood down your way….juniper wood. Well just goes to show you we don’t have it all here in NH.

....just thinking now again about those ‘extremely heavy’ boards up here….I almost forgot about how everything in Texas is bigger and weighing more….LOL!

To end, I see where you were walking a farm road and so I’m looking with anticipation to the story that is yet going to be coming forth in what you build here and watch out for Geoffrey de Vinsauf, since hanging around the likes of such, will have you soon enough hearing the wood talking to you and telling you what it wants to be.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#7 posted 11-26-2007 03:21 PM

Sometimes a fence post just wants to be a fence post. Just look at all the fence post that make that choice everyday! Lol..
Great lil find there!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 11-26-2007 06:11 PM

Thanks everyone, I’m anxious to see the final products too. I’ll try and keep everyone “post-ed” ha!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 05-06-2009 09:47 PM

What became of these Rob?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#10 posted 05-06-2009 09:58 PM

Stewart, thanks for asking.. I need a froe to start on the osage blanks, thinking of using them for a shop stool.

The long heavy boards became this…
Click for details

I’m anxious to use the others just waiting for the right tools and tiime…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#11 posted 05-06-2009 11:19 PM

Rewarding boarding

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