Redwood Table from reclaimed logs

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Blog series by lumberhack updated 03-29-2011 11:39 PM 7 parts 21362 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: Straight from the forest

03-22-2011 06:08 AM by lumberhack | 1 comment »

My client had some Redwood trees cut down about a year and a half ago and they have been laying out in the woods ever since. I have cut the logs into manageable lengths and hauled them to my workshop where I will turn them into a “fun” coffee table.

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Part 2: First boards

03-22-2011 06:42 AM by lumberhack | 1 comment »

Here is a shot of the first 3 rough boards for the top and two of the rough legs. The tops are approx. 2.5” thick and 8”x42” and the legs are 4.25”x5.25” and 18” tall. I used my chainsaw to square up the logs then ran them through the planer to smooth them out. The tops still need the edges and ends cut. For the legs, I also used the bandsaw to create the radius on two sides. Being that this is the first time I have tried to make my own lumber, I was re...

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Part 3: Zen has left the building

03-22-2011 10:45 PM by lumberhack | 8 comments »

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about the Zen aspect of this project, and I had to be completely honest with her. While I enjoy woodworking and the hidden beauty of wood, Turning logs into lumber is loud, dusty and hard work. Using the chainsaw to get 2 relatively flat faces. Next is taking off the bark and sap-wood on the edges with the bandsaw Then after planing, and planing, and planing, and planing, and…..... I have a useable piece of lu...

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Part 4: I have a vision

03-24-2011 05:50 PM by lumberhack | 3 comments »

Call it a shortcoming or a character flaw, but I have never been real good at transfering my projects onto paper. Par for the course with me is to jot down some basic measurements and a primitive scribble as to what I want to build. I have tried computer programs, but who am I kidding, I dont text, tweet, and you won’t find me on facebook. To do woodwork this way, I have at times had to reconfigure whole projects to accomodate a lack of a clear wriiten plan and the measurements that go ...

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Part 5: Next Time I make lumber out of logs

03-26-2011 01:48 AM by lumberhack | 7 comments »

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 th...

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Part 6: Done with the chainsaw

03-28-2011 01:59 AM by lumberhack | 2 comments »

I am sure my neighbors are thrilled that I am done with the chainsaw part of this project, I know I am. My wife asked me “how come it looks so wide?” I explained that I am planning on using a through mortise on the small apron/leg joint. The wood off to the side is for the drawer (I am thinking handcut dovetails?) and a little extra wood in case of a bad cut. Well time to close up for a couple days and persue making some money.Cheers! Mark

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Part 7: *%?>&%#@! &#@

03-29-2011 11:39 PM by lumberhack | 7 comments »

Pardon my French! Today I really let the expletives fly! I had a job cancel, so I grabbed a couple of table legs and headed out into the sun. I routed a round over on both and sanded them out with 180 grit paper. They were looking good. About this time 3 helicopters began to hover over my house due to a cougar being cornered in a neighbors yard (a real cougar – not an old lady into overly waxed boys :-) Anyhow back to the table. I thought I might rout a couple of flutes onto the 2 flat ...

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