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Logs into Lumber - Spalted Box Elder

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Project by NeoMoses posted 03-05-2020 05:23 AM 1381 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is finished for a while, at least. I stumbled across some spalted box elder firewood on a craigslist ad, and instead of splitting it for the firepit I just had to saw it up into slabs to make something out of it. I had honestly never seen a tree with red spalting before, so this was pretty cool to me. I have posted a video and more pictures on my website:
http://www.bryanpryor.com/2020/03/05/spalted-boxelder-logs-into-lumber/

This was one of my first attempts at pushing the limits on my new 17” bandsaw. It responded beautifully with a good bimetal blade (NOT the stock blade.)

I’m thinking these will make some really nice live edge serving trays and rustic, rough sawn plaques in a few months once they dry.

-- www.bryanpryor.com





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TDominy

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#1 posted 03-05-2020 01:05 PM

Nice looking lumber. Do you treat the ends as they dry? I just got some cherry from a friend and I have the ends painted. I have not done this before so I am looking for what is the thing to do.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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NeoMoses

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#2 posted 03-05-2020 06:52 PM

I sealed up the ends with white elmer’s glue-all. I have a gallon of it that’s getting pretty old, so I used it to help seal up the ends. Once I’m out of that, I’ll probably buy some Anchor Seal for the next time I need to seal endgrain.

-- www.bryanpryor.com

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#3 posted 03-05-2020 08:34 PM

I had been cutting up logs on a 14 Grizzly, but I just got a 17” Grizzly, looks like you did also. Awesome saw, I got the one without the foot brake, takes a minuet to spin down but was ~200 less. Now I have my old 14” with a 1/4 blade for curves and the 17” with a 1/2 for resawing.

-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !

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NeoMoses

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#4 posted 03-06-2020 05:20 AM

Rich, that sounds like a nice setup. I don’t really have the floor space for dual bandsaws at the moment, but I think you have the right idea. I love the big 1”blade on this 17”saw. It’s so nice for ripping a clean edge onto a rough sawn board that would be sketchy on the table saw. But it forces me to switch blades whenever I want to cut curves.

-- www.bryanpryor.com

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