Inner Beauty of a Cedar Log

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Project by Chad Hamlin posted 09-01-2011 05:35 AM 2657 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a unique project for me, in that, it was the first time that i started with a truly rough piece of lumber. The cedar log was found on some family property, belonging to my uncle. I wanted to do something nice for him to hang in his new cabin. This log presented an awesome opportunity, however, I wasnt really sure where to start. I started by rough cutting it in half with my band saw, cleaning up an edge with the jointer and running it thru the table saw. Once I saw what I had to work with, i just started to brainstorm some ideas. The quantity of lumber that i had was obviously limited, so i only had one shot. I chose to use a half lap joint with a pin connection. I also thought that it was best to leave the natural bark edge. If i had it to do over again, i would have cut the pieces thinner so that i could have made them wider, but ultimately, i am very happy with the product. There are some cool features that include visble worm holes that i cut thru and old nails inside the log that are now exposed (table saw didnt appreciate that). Ultimately, it is a one of a kind frame, made from material found on the property. It was a very rewarding project and my uncle loved it.

Thanks for viewing.

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 05:43 AM

You never know what’s inside until you look inside.
Great looking wood and project and will be appreciated.


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 05:47 AM

Hidden treasure!
That frame came out great !

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 06:21 AM

You did justice to the log!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 01:46 PM

I have never seen a frame made this way – very cool use of a single log!

Well done.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 02:38 PM

Wonderful project!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 03:42 PM

very cool. I love the beautiful grain the resawing exposed. It’s going to tempt me to start cutting apart random logs I find.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 03:45 PM

Nice work.
This log deserved what it got.
I can only imagine this log sitting in the weather for who knows how long, then you come along and bam inner beauty revealed.
True beauty is always found with in.

Your finished work is fantastic. I’m sure your uncle has this somewhere other can apreciate it.
Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Anthony

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 04:50 PM

Very nice work. To me the most rewarding projects are the ones you start using wood that most people would consider for fire wood. This past summer I had a client order two caskets from me. He is 93 and his wife is 91. He wasn’t concerned about the style as much as that they be made from trees harvested from his farm that they lived for 54 years. Of all the caskets I have built those two were the most rewarding.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 07:55 PM

What an incredible transformation!!! Projects that tie objects to people and places are some of my favorites. They are usually treasured for many many years or at least until the story is lost. Great work,

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 10-27-2011 03:34 AM

What a great project. I am sure your uncle will get great pleasure telling the story of how it was made and of course who made it. Nothing beats a handcrafted gift… Well done Chad

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