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Red IronBark Adventures #5: Wrestled another Red Ironbark post today Pt 1

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-30-2018 09:57 AM 2361 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Working some Red Ironbark off cuts Part 5 of Red IronBark Adventures series Part 6: Finishing the post the rain halted work on Pt2 »

I decided to prep another Red Ironbark post today but the rain called an early halt to proceedings
So this is the only progress I made.

Introduction:
I am not sure just how much these post weigh but they are right on my max weight I am able to manage on my own.

Inital preparation before sawing:

I cleaned to post down with a 200mm rotary sander with 2 x discs at 40 G.
This removed the bulk of nasties and paint allowing me to find any surprises.
Sure enough there were two hidden treasures I needed to dig out.

I used my smallest plug cutter and special nail and screw removing plyers.

Got em both!


Preparation for sawing:

I determined the straightest edge of the post and set this up on the fence to cut a Trueing datum edge for later.

Setting the blade to about 76mm in height I positioned the post on the saw made the first cut.

I then end for ended it and cut again.

I then removed the post repostioned the trueing edge against the fence and set it up for about 25mm widths and started my workout.

I worked away and eventually I got five useable lengths from the post.

Here is a closer view.

I was preparing to joint and thickness them when the rain started so I had to quickly pack up for the day

The tools I used for this task were:

A 200 mm 40 G rotary sander.
A Claw hammer and pincers for the obvious nails.
Plug cutter and battery drill to clear the imbedded nails.
A small screwdriver for clearing out the holes.
A pair of plyers to extract the nails.
Obviously a table saw, (and a reasonably powerfull one for this job)
A sharp 12” TT Blade,(essential) even then there are some burn marks visible. a roller stand, a steel rule and not forgetting a dust mask.
Maybe add a metal detector loop if needed.

They all look like they are going to be worthwile recoverable pieces of nice hardwood.

So ends my Gym workout for the day !! Standby for Pt 2

-- Regards Rob



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crowie

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#1 posted 09-30-2018 10:07 AM

That one heck of a post Rob.
Top mason the recycling, nice looking timber!

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

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#2 posted 09-30-2018 01:34 PM

The work a dedicated woodworker will do to get some nice lumber! The tools… The labor…. The inspecting (nails screws) Oh! And The love of wood which looks great!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 02:57 AM

Nice bit of timber rc.

Was gonna mention a metal detector, however, looks like you had it covered in the fine print (did you work for an insurance company in a past life?)... I must have accidentally red that while waiting for the rain to stop…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 10-01-2018 01:29 PM

thats some sweet looking timber rc as a good friend im sure youd be willing to ship a few of those posts to me,right buddy?.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 10-01-2018 08:28 PM

Have you checked the Iron Content %? LOL

Do you resharpen all blades after each cut, using them on this wood?

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#6 posted 10-02-2018 12:19 AM



thats some sweet looking timber rc as a good friend im sure youd be willing to ship a few of those posts to me,right buddy?.
- pottz

pottzy
, answering to preserve rc’s humility… Aust. postage costs a bloody BIG small fortune… However, rc, being a benevolent Queenslander, I’m sure he’d be prepared to put a pottzy label on a log and float it in a NE direction. You just have to go and do some beach combing in about 7 years time. Being water logged (no pun intended), you may need some heavy hauling gear to get it home or start the missus training today.

Do you resharpen all blades after each cut, using them on this wood?
- Joe Lyddon

The secret is to remove the iron by first cutting off the bark and you’ll never have to sharpen the blade again… and don’t waste the offcut… feed it to a timid dog.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#7 posted 10-02-2018 12:53 AM

OK some feedback, thanks guys:

Crowie: Yes I must have had a fitness rush as I normally cannot manage them on my own! its generally a call to No 4 Son to assist.

Tony: Thanks yes I agree the results are well worth the effort it is a very nice specis of timber, otherwise you wouldn’t normally bother.

Pottzy: I should get out some scales and see if I can manouver one onto them to find out what the actual mass is, I would be interested to know!
Didn’t you to get last piece I snuck under Donalds seat for you?


LBD: As for removing iron I should have used the metal detector and there was a very small nail ” found” later lucky no harm done!

Joe: The name comes from the style of bark on the tree it looks like grey iron pieces, and thats not taking into consideration the hardness its one tough piece of wood, apart from its almost impervious to any type of decay it makes excellent burning for firewood.

I regard to the blade you are correct, its just about ready for replacement after its workout thats for sure!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 10-02-2018 12:58 AM



Didn t you to get last piece I snuck under Donalds seat for you?
- robscastle

Is that what they refer to as getting a woodie?
LBD: I should have used the metal detector and there was a very small nail ” found” later lucky no harm done!
- robscastle

No wonder your blades aren’t cutting straight and you may need to rotate again!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 10-02-2018 02:12 AM

Awesome Australian hard woods,
Great Post, literally

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#10 posted 10-02-2018 01:37 PM


Didn t you to get last piece I snuck under Donalds seat for you?
- robscastle

Is that what they refer to as getting a woodie?

LBD: I should have used the metal detector and there was a very small nail ” found” later lucky no harm done!
- robscastle

No wonder your blades aren t cutting straight and you may need to rotate again!

- LittleBlackDuck

well the donald might have an iron bark woodie but she seems to have fallen asleep! maybe due to the lack of “sap” in that wood-ie?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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GR8HUNTER

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#11 posted 10-02-2018 02:23 PM


Didn t you to get last piece I snuck under Donalds seat for you?
- robscastle

Is that what they refer to as getting a woodie?

LBD: I should have used the metal detector and there was a very small nail ” found” later lucky no harm done!
- robscastle

No wonder your blades aren t cutting straight and you may need to rotate again!

- LittleBlackDuck

well the donald might have an iron bark woodie but she seems to have fallen asleep! maybe due to the lack of “sap” in that wood-ie?

- pottz


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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 10-03-2018 01:15 AM



well the donald might have an iron bark woodie but she seems to have fallen asleep! maybe due to the lack of “sap” in that wood-ie?
- pottz

Good comeback pottzy!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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woodshaver Tony C

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#13 posted 10-03-2018 01:54 AM

“Lack of Sap”! Pottz you crack me up!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 10-03-2018 02:12 AM



“Lack of Sap”! Pottz you crack me up!
- woodshaver Tony C

Hmmm! From what I am surmising, Donald’s one big Sap!

Have to admit wTC... the author is a crack potz!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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woodshaver Tony C

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#15 posted 10-03-2018 03:06 AM

Maybe that babe is a heshe! We know that Big Sap likes guys….he even said he loves Kim Jong Un.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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