Annie's Ash Scratcher

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 04-04-2014 03:43 AM 1914 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this silly little geegaw due to a desperate need to cut into some White Ash as explained below. My wife laughed when I said this was her new ‘Ash Scratcher’. It’s long enough to reach her feet while sitting in the recliner. Carved with a hand, complete with claws on one end, and a hook to hang it by on the other it’s about 27” long and has a Tung Oil finish. Not much to it and the pictures are self-explanatory.

I love wood – particularly White Ash and had asked a friend in East Tennessee to watch out for some. He called to say he found some well seasoned mountain White Ash at a great price, so I asked him to grab it for me. He also had a fresh cut walnut log about 12” in the butt by 18 feet long (in two pieces) so I drove there to fetch the load back home.

I was pretty pumped driving home with my treasure but had to deal with the log first. The bark had to be skinned off, then the two pieces painted all over to seal them before storing them off the ground in the far back of my yard. I figure it will take 3-5 years for the log to dry, so I have to plan to live at least that long yet to use the wood. The last picture shows it stored out back before covering it with plastic – which I shall do tomorrow, always allowing for plenty of ventilation!

Anyway, I got anxious (desperate really) to finally cut into some of that beautiful White Ash. I’ve got 300 BF of it now, most of it in 11” to 12” in width, and roughly 9 feet long. It is all now stacked vertically in my garage workshop – except for the piece I lopped off to make my wife Annie this silly little Ash Scratcher!

Whoo Hoo! Boy isn’t that some pretty wood!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 03:58 AM

Yes, Eric. I can see that the walnut will take some time to dry. It looks really green.
Might I suggest that a piece of that lovely ash would make a fine tiller. If you had a fine tiller like that it would be a shame not to build that “one last boat” around it. ....... and that would keep you busy while the walnut dries out. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 04:35 AM

Green, yep. Leftover paint ya know. Man, those logs are some heavy, green! At my age now I had to use a come-along to get them on horses, when I used to be able to throw one over my shoulder and walk away. Ah, well.

Hmm, build an ash tiller . . . . now, there’s a thought . . .

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#3 posted 04-04-2014 05:35 AM

I’m not sure I can comment on your wife’s ash…...............

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 04-04-2014 09:43 AM

I thought it may have been a spelling mistake …!!!!

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#5 posted 04-04-2014 10:52 AM

All for a good cause

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 04-04-2014 02:30 PM

Are you not suppose to debark and just paint the ends? Won’t painting the whole loge hold in moisture and make it very hard to dry? Please forgive my rookiesness for I have only band sawed and stickered them.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#7 posted 04-04-2014 08:46 PM

Theres nothing worse than an itchy ash. LOL I love this.We had one of those when I was a young nipper and I have never seen one since then til now.Have fun safely. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 04-05-2014 12:27 AM

Hi Ezjack -

Often hardwood logs in the round will produce long checks along the length when drying, even with painted ends. To prevent this, the log is debarked (to stop possible mold and mildew) and painted all over, including the ends. In fact, some recommend painting the entire log with wax. It dries very slowly since no coating is completely impermeable, which allows it to dry without checking. Of course it must be covered.

It could also be sawn green, stickered and allowed to dry (much faster), but since I don’t yet know how I want to use the material, I want to dry it full size in the round.

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 03:27 AM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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