Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'redwood'

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Massive Redwood Slab Cut with Lucas Sawmill

07-26-2020 04:03 AM by Steve | 0 comments »

I was at the sawmill last week and happened to see a beautiful 48” diameter redwood log being prepped for slab cutting. So, I stuck around a while to check it out. Never saw a Lucas Mill in action before. I think this was a “Super Slabber”. Anyway, it took a 12” x 48” x 144” slab off the top like a knife through butter. *4 minute video is here: Fun to watch! SteveCommercial Forest Products

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Wood Finishing #1: Varnish vs Polyurethane

09-20-2019 03:48 PM by John Smith | 3 comments »

Varnish vs. Polyurethane Before we dig into the details, let’s talk about why we need different finishes for outdoor applications. Any wood that is used outside is going to be exposed to a wide range of climate conditions, as well as a good dose of damaging UV rays. These elements serve to break down the finish over time. Furthermore, changes in humidity cause the wood to expand and contract, and a standard indoor finish (such as polyurethane) would simply crack and deteriorate under these...

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Wooden Shackles #4: Accents Not Going as Planned

10-03-2018 12:55 AM by AceofHearts | 0 comments »

So I had a thought (this is normally where my projects go wrong) and wondered if I could put some nice accents on my shackles like the real woodworkers do. Maybe some peg caps, or at least fake ones that make it look like less bland. I bought a selection of plug cutting bits and tried the 3/8” one to make small circles. I used a 3/8” inch forsner bit to make the holes … The problem came when I discovered the 3/8” plug cutter doesn’t in fact cut 3/8” ...

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Shop Notes #21: Single Task Table Saw Sled

08-03-2018 11:32 PM by Steve | 1 comment »

I’ve built quite a few different table saw sleds over the years but been happy with only a few of them. At the moment, the one I use most is a large version based on one I saw in a magazine recently. It came out pretty square and has T-slots for hold downs, which can be handy at times. For precise work, though, I found it to be a bit cumbersome. I cut a lot of quarter inch tenons from 1” x 1/2” stock for my jewelry cabinet doors. There are two doors per cabinet, so 8 join...

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Planter Boxes

01-17-2016 04:49 PM by RayArnold | 0 comments »

Here is a project just in time for spring.I built these planter boxes using some redwood fence boards, This is my second woodworking video, so it my look a little rough around the edges. I guess I’m a better woodworker then a video maker, my hats off to all of you who make the great woodworking videos here at Lumber jocks.Your comments and questions welcome. <iframe src=”” frameborder=”0”...

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King Size Bed - Construction Grade Prices...

12-09-2015 02:36 AM by JDWilliams | 3 comments »

I have been looking high and low for an example platform bed project. I wanted to find someone that had created a king size bed out of construction common redwood. I love redwood – but can not afford the cost of the top notch stuff. Anyways, I started in on this project last weekend. About a month ago I went and picked up 2” x 8” x 96” (8) redwood boards and 2” x 6” x 96” (3) redwood boards and a handfull of good old fashion pine 2×4s from my...

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Salvage store find. End grain redwood chunks

09-29-2015 05:35 AM by emart | 1 comment »

One thing I like about living in the Seattle area is the huge variety of stuff you can find here. I have 5 different salvage stores to choose from and 4 different slab stores (that i know of) . You can find just about anything you can imagine and a lot more beyond that. A few weeks ago I found some small-ish chunks of redwood at a salvage shop for $20 each. They are about 20×20 and 5 inches thick. I was pretty happy with my find but on sunday I found something bigger. MUCH bigger. ...

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The clock story.

12-08-2014 01:34 AM by AKDave | 1 comment »

A few years ago I saw plans for a clock that I rally liked and have wanted to build ever since. So, about a month ago, I decided that it was finally time to do it. Needing Christmas presents for my four adult kids and their families, I decided to make 5, one for each kid and one for myself. So, even though I was already into two projects, (two more commissioned caskets) and I don’t really like to do different projects concurrently, I started on them. Being big on symbolism and wanted t...

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Complex Curve Veneered Box Series #2: Making the box Carcass and veneering

12-06-2014 06:35 PM by Matt Nudi | 9 comments »

So for the box itself, this is the basic sketchup model for what I’m going for. I am trying to model this after one of “RogerBean’s” projects, hi maple burl box. However I am adding a drawer into it so it will differentiate a little bit from his process. The hardest part will be the two meet ups of two curves that occurs on the front of the box. After some thinking, I came up with some basic dimensions and my thought process for how I was going to be able to add in...

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vine trellis for neighbors

07-15-2014 03:29 AM by harum | 2 comments »

A few days ago, our neighbors asked to make a simple trellis for their passion flower vine which had collapsed under its weight. I’ve come up with what I think would fit their backyard. It is 6’6” tall, 38” wide. Today I finished cutting the parts with notches and dados for joinery and started gluing them with polyurethane glue. I want to use joinery and glue to avoid a lot of screws as fasteners because the lattice is made of thin stock to keep the whole thing ligh...

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