Redwood Table from reclaimed logs #5: Next Time I make lumber out of logs

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Blog entry by lumberhack posted 03-26-2011 01:48 AM 2258 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I had a little time on my hands (and the rain stopped for a bit) so I took advantage and cut out the rough blanks for the two small aprons and the fourth leg. Since the aprons are going to be approx. 2” x 4” when finished, I was able to just put a flat spot on the log with the chainsaw and run them through the bandsaw. PIECE OF CAKE! After I finished rough cutting them, I decided that when I make a project out of logs in the future, I will only make sizes that will fit in the bandsaw. Running those large planks through the planer 50+ times is a real chore!!!

Progress to this point. Small apron blanks on the bottom show a definite difference – Mark

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 03:20 AM

not too shabby for a self proclaimed hack! just kiddin with ya .. ive been following your progress, keep up the good work, its going to be really cool.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 04:03 AM

Hey! chrisstef! Thanks for the kind words.
Cheers, Mark

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 09:37 PM

Looks like it is coming a long quite nice. Just joined the blog, nice find with the redwood. Looks like you are going to do the tree proud.

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 10:26 PM

Thank Bill! I am just trying tp keep up with the learning curve on milling my own lumber :-)

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 12:02 AM

My leaning curve looks like a staircase. Small risers with long treads. :~( Its blogs like yours that motivates others.

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#6 posted 03-27-2011 03:17 AM


How dry are the logs you’re using? How do you plan to dry the lumber and how long?

It looks great and should be nice if you don’t have problems caused by using “green” lumber.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 04:23 AM

Hi Herb! The trees were cut down in the summer of 2009 and the “tree guys” cut these logs into 8’ sections and rolled them down a hill. The first logs I worked with were fairly dry (sorry I dont have a moisture meter) and dont seem to be all that green. The last couple of logs were soaked to the pith with water. Knowing that the wood is bound to move a little after it was cut, I have cut everything oversize and it now sits in my shop next to a door that always has a strong breeze. As for how long I will dry it, that depends on if this D*%# rain ever ends and I can get the wood out into the sun and how many interuptions to my woodworking life throws my way :-) Also seeing that it is a redwood table that I am building and redwood is really soft, it’s days as a piece of fine furniture are probably very limited. After that it will probably just live out its final days in the garden.

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