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Bunya pine work #1: Grant's Bunya Pine part 1

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 11-29-2019 10:44 PM 777 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I did some work on the Bunya Pine recovered from my friend Grants property.

Background: – The 3 of us moved the complete stack to Anthony’s farm at Dyraaba in two trailer moves
Re stickered it and set it down in the shed.

Sizes

We loaded 1 x large piece ( 3850mm x 700 mm x 60mm) and 1 x smaller piece (3850 mm x 500 mm x 60 mm) and hauled it back home here in Brisbane via the international airport where I dropped off Anthony for the return trip to Hong Kong.

I unloaded it and did some measurements cutting off sample pieces to thickness.

I cut off two sections and thicknessed them then the remaining long piece.

Here they are upon arrival.

The larger piece Is way too big for me to work at this stage so it was the smaller one I tested.

The first test sample:-

After a run through the thicknesser.

As you can see its riddled with wood worm borer damage of some description, ( may be the beetle killl pine situation) need to talk to Monte more about the damage later.

No matter how much material I removed the damage was almost full thickness.

So I reduced the width on the remaining long length and repeated the process

Again a lot of material removed but I managed to produce some workable timber

I did cut another piece from the opposite end and got slightly better results.

I will show you that in Pt 2 (forgot to take some photos)
The larger piece I think is destined for a full slab life as a rustic table top with just the top worked or cut up for smaller milled pieces.

Conclusion:-
1. the borer damage is not active
2. It appears to be located in the edges and outer parts if the milled slab meaning the bark area, hence the effect in the smaller sample.
3.What is it ? well a question for Monte I think
4. recoverable timber I estimate 30 to 50% recovery on smaller pieces the larger ones dependent upon damage areas possibly 80% recoverable and useable, depending upon the role.

At this stage I don’t see any Roentgen Berlin cabinets coming out of it

To be continued.

-- Regards Rob



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crowie

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#1 posted 11-29-2019 11:39 PM

Got a seat on this blank captain….

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

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#2 posted 11-30-2019 12:12 AM

yeah would that cost to put on a plane these days,unless your the captain of course.looks like rc is gonna be gettin some wood flown in first class-lol.

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

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#3 posted 11-30-2019 12:28 AM

Any chance you could stabilize it? Dave P, Rich Bolduc, and Kelley Crafts all do stabilizing. Not sure if you can do it on such a large scale, but it might be a thougt.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 11-30-2019 01:13 AM

That’s a better head on the body than,

PS. Those worm holes (in the wood), may be used for special affects... don’t write it off!

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

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#5 posted 11-30-2019 01:18 AM


- robscastle


That’s what I call a hover board, looks like it’s just just floating through the gate.

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#6 posted 11-30-2019 01:24 AM

Morning all,
I,ll Hijack this thread and post a few assorted pics of Rob and My farm trip last week. Rob picked me up from the airport bright and early on Monday morning and 3 hour drive to the farm with a stop for supplies along the way. 4 great days and Nights where had.

Fantastic week it was , Highlighted by retrieving Grants Bunya pine slabs and getting it stored in the farm shed. Once again getting the reticulation system serviced and up and running, ( a constant battle in the drought,)
Afternoon patrols saw , fence repairs , stock movement and best of all Rob man handling the 5 foot long serpent, We drank beer, cooked on the fire and generally had a ball.
Daily briefings and debriefs of farm goings on and world problems where all solved over a cold beer and a camp fire. Fantastic trip and hears to many more like it.

Assorted pics below.

The Bunya Pine Slabs

The drought affected 12 acre dam reduced in size

The Homestead in the background

Rob and I on afternoon Patrol

Renamed Sir ROBS pump shed.

Bacon and eggs to get the day started

Crocodile Dundee man handling the serpant

Something for Willie Nelson

Look carefully to see the photographer and 15 green tree frogs in the tank

Lamb Roast

This Pic believe it or not was taken last week not in the early 1900s

Thanks Rob.
Great trip mate.
Regards
Anth

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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#7 posted 11-30-2019 01:32 AM

damn thats one trip id love to have been a part of,looks like a ton of fun and good food.wish i was about 7500 miles closer.maybe someday guys.thanks for the pic’s anth.

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

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#8 posted 11-30-2019 01:36 AM



damn thats one trip id love to have been a part of,looks like a ton of fun and good food.wish i was about 7500 miles closer.maybe someday guys.thanks for the pic s anth.

- pottz

Yer Pottz , it truly was great and precisely what the farm was originally intended for, Good people and great times shared with friends.
Trips like this are Available for all in the know ,those that are reading this blog.
Superb.
And Mike you in particular buddy should get your Australian Visa sorted.
Cheers
Ant

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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#9 posted 11-30-2019 01:51 AM

Ohh , I nearly forgot, Kenny if your reading a couple of cans of Sierra Nevada pale ales made it to the farm in Aus.
I think it was you that got me on these green cans.
Cheers
Anth

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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#10 posted 11-30-2019 01:57 AM


Bacon and eggs to get the day started

Thanks Rob.
Great trip mate.
Regards
Anth

- anthm27

I’m glad you guys had a good time but why are you wearing Lovie’s shorts?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#11 posted 11-30-2019 02:09 AM

I m glad you guys had a good time but why are you wearing Lovie s shorts?

- mikeacg

Thats gold, actually they are old sleeping shorts that for some reason Lovie didn’t like, a while back she put them in the drawer at the farm. As I was sleeping alone I wore them for old time sake.

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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#12 posted 11-30-2019 02:58 AM

Seems like YOU are having all the fun!!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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#13 posted 11-30-2019 03:17 AM

Looks like a grand adventure, gents! And a goodly haul of pine, too.

Stabilizing a piece that large would be ruinously expensive. Cactus juice is $80/gallon, and you would probably use quite a lot in that. I would old-school it by just soaking it with linseed oil. Won’t be as hard as stabilized, but it’ll firm up soft spots, and at a lot less expense.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 11-30-2019 10:11 AM

OK I had better provide some well deserved feedback guys.

Earl S In regard to stablising see Dave’s comments in the replies very $ ish by the looks

LBD that croc head has got to be he greenist item there ignoring the harless green tree snake !
Special effects agree see part 2

LeeRoyMan Ha ha not a hoverbord its sitting on a trolley so I can manage it on my own, however it does look like its hovering though!

Anthm27 wouldn’t it be great to get a plane load of LJs out there imagine the buzz!

Dave Poleschek thanks for the knowledge based reply on stabilising, however some epoxy experimenting may be the go.

Mikeacg hey I saw the shorts but never picked up on who actually owned them! come to think of it how did you know?

Pottzy and degoose we had a ball once the work was done, just wait until the shed has woodworking gear there the place will be really buzzing!! Larry M you must be due to return home soon?

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 11-30-2019 10:26 AM



OK I had better provide some well deserved feedback guys.

Mikeacg hey I saw the shorts but never picked up on who actually owned them! come to think of it how did you know?

- robscastle

Great Reply that, hilarious, pure Gold.
By the way, A little more trivia on the shorts , I just remembered today that the shorts where a present many years ago from my big sister Paula , Ill send her a link to this thread for her comment.
Regards
Anth

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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