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Red IronBark Adventures #1: Cutting off some ends

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-07-2017 01:09 AM 1225 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I hauled one of the Red Ironbark posts onto a pallet and cut off the ends with the mortices and rot in them.

The main reason for doing this was to have a complete length without any rot or previous work in them.

What I found has changed my mind in regarding to ripping them into planks.

Another view

They are the effective center of the original log and any material I rip off will be subject to cupping be the grain structure, as I wanted to maintain the maximum width.

Tangental sawing may be possible but will give me lots of sizes.

My thinking is to to just thickness them and then use them in their close to original form.

Using the scrap off cuts as an example this was what I was intending to do with the complete posts.

I may end up just leaving the scrap off cuts and see what happens to them first then make a decision.
All a bit vague to me

Anybody have more experience with this type of activity? I would be interested to hear your opinion.

-- Regards Rob



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crowie

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#1 posted 09-07-2017 05:25 AM

The Iron Bark is tough timber, especially old posts…poor saw BUT beautiful colour & grain….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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crowie

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#2 posted 09-07-2017 05:25 AM

Well done on the recycling again Rob..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 09-07-2017 05:33 AM

COOL stuff!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php?media/albums/users/joe-lyddon.1389/

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robscastle

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#4 posted 09-07-2017 08:45 AM

Crowie,

The portable saw must have been given a severe wake up call as I have not used it for years.

then all of a sudden its chewing through one of the toughest timbers we have here in Ozzie.

The timber is tough all right just check out the burn marks, and me after reporting I will do no more until my son helps me but I could not help myself.

So afterwards the blade was removed and give a good clean with white vinegar and a couple of nylon scouring pads as a reward for services rendered.

A reorder of two replacement blades has been arranged as the more I do with this timber the more I am motivated to use it regardless of the mass of it (meaning bloody heavy)

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#5 posted 09-07-2017 11:28 AM

I know what you’re talking about Rob,
I have a cubic metre in my front yard from an 80yr old tree that died in my front yard…..

Plus I scored 2-3yrs of firewood….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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stefang

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#6 posted 10-10-2018 04:13 PM

You might consider a saw blade sharpener Rob. I bought a cheap one and it works pretty good. Comes from china like everything else.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 10-19-2020 11:51 PM

I know what your talking about Rob. That wood is hard. We have that species of tree here in Southern California. We call it Ironwood Eucalyptus.

The wind blew a large branch off one on a public street. I threw as many pieces that I could fit in my pickup, took them home and cut them down to firewood size with a saws all.
The bark on that tree is almost fire proof even after a year of drying.

I made some G&G style plugs out of them painted them black for my Towel rack project. Wish I saved more of it.

-- James E McIntyre

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robscastle

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#8 posted 10-20-2020 06:22 AM

Hi James,

Its got to be a relative as the brilliant finish gives it away.
I have just completed a box made from some off cuts
The steps are in a blog at the moment soon to be a finished project.

-- Regards Rob

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James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 10-20-2020 08:48 PM

Rob I’ve been following your blog on the box build. It’s coming along great.
This tree goes under several names one being Mugga Ironbark.

I can’t find it in the Wood Data Base. It must test impressively high on the Janka Hardness test.

The end grain is very tight and not pours which makes it a great wood for things like plugs, knobs, handles and accent pieces. It contrasts well with lighter woods.

-- James E McIntyre

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