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  1. mobile solar kilns

    I'm not sure if this qualifies as a wood project but I am almost as proud of this cobbled up kiln as I am of anything else I have built. Finding wood is a big part of the fun and taking advantage of an opportunity like this is great. The tree feller we met in Pennsylvania called and wanted to...
  2. Solar Kiln

    I have been working on this solar kiln off and on all summer. So today I moved it outside the shop and wired up the fans and thermostat. It is pretty much done now and ready to dry lumber. The inspiration came from Virginia Tech's design which I modified and adapted to my own needs and taste...
  3. Loch Ness Box

    This is my Loch Ness box, the image on the top explains the title. The box's style was originated from the design I created using Sketchup in my first blog. I thought this project will be easy for my current set of tools but I ruined 2 sets before I succeeded. The first 2 sets using my hardwoods...
  4. 50 shades of walnut

    This vase is made of 150 pieces, give or take a few. and completely walnut. starting with sapwood, going to darker heartwood, and the top ring is nearly black burl. Added a small band of turquoise to the top for zing. Wife insisted I use 50 shades for the title.
  5. Solar kiln #2

    I have been processing logs that were sitting in my yard and it didn't take long to load up my other kiln which isn't that big. I then stacked my shop full, rearranged the shop, filled it up again, turned all I could, still too much, so I started stacking it outside on an 8'x4' pallet I had that...
  6. My Poor Man's Solar Kiln

    Going to try drying this load of cypress as best I can. I have a 48" attic fan blowing directly on it. The lumber was fresh cut a week ago. Using a moisture gauge I saw moisture fall 10-20 percent in only two days using this method. The daytime temps are running in mid 90's. My suspicions are...
  7. Above the stove Pot Rack & Shelf

    Hello, This was a birthday present for my girlfriend; she really wanted a hanging pot rack. The design was in one of my old Woodsmith Shop Magazine. The frame is made of some very nice Pacific coast figured maple and the center grid is made of Cherry. All of the wood used in this project was...
  8. small Solar kiln

    This is a small solar kiln I made last summer. The fan is also solar powered. I have sliding vent covers that aren't installed in the pics that help regulated drying rate.
  9. Wood & Lumber
    Hello. I have a nice log of ash,when I rip it in slabs I found big colony of carpentry ants. I left sliced log for few days and now I don't see no ants. If I'll cut out rotten places I'll still have a lot of good wood. My question is, if I will put this log into my solar kiln am I going to kill...
  10. Sweating for Bucks Through Woodworking
    Hello, So I have now a Woodmizer saw mill, a fully operational solar Kiln up and running and a ton of Cherry and Figured Pacific maple drying. I did this so that I can use the wood myself but now I am thinking of making a business out of it. I look over the web to get pricing and get so many...
  11. Blogs
    from design to construction A few years ago, I had the idea of building a small solar kiln. Well, life happened, and I didn't have the time or money to build one. Then two weeks ago, my neighbor had a red elm cut down that had been struck by lighning earlier in the spring. I figured that a...
  12. Blogs
    Initial setup I am fortunate that I can fell my own trees for lumber, though I'm restricted to four species: Piñon pine, quaking aspen, Rocky Mountain juniper, and Gambel oak. There are tall Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir trees available, but I can't bring myself to cut them since they...
  13. Wood & Lumber
    I found someone with some cherry logs that he's willing to mill to my needs and dry in his solar kiln. He says the logs have been cut about 1 year. I have a couple questions and hope someone can help me. 1. How long can a log lay before being milled into lumber? 2. Does that time negatively...
  14. Woodturning
    Hello fellow jocks, I am making a vessle for my father for his 60th birthday, he is sick with cancer and this gift is very important to me. I've only made a couple segmented turnings so I'm still learning how and in what order to do things. At this point (as you can see in the pictures) The...
  15. Woodworking Skill Share
    For our wedding the fiance and I are looking to use some wood slices as table center pieces. We just cut some this past weekend, but my concern is that the bark stays on these slices until April 2015. The wood is hemlock. The slices are typically about 2-1/4" to 3" thick; some even...
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