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Forum topic by RangerWood posted 12-11-2017 02:55 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2017 02:55 PM

Hello everyone,

I live in a small Ozark town southwest of St Louis, MO. I was fortunate enough to have been able to travel the world and see the different cultures we are all made of. I served in the Army with the 75th Ranger Regiment where I broke my back in a night parachuting operation.

I worked in the corporate world for a few years, and then decided to go into sales. Auto sales. 15 years of that crap, and I decided to get my Masters in Business. After I did that, I then decided to retire and enjoy life for once.

I’ve always loved woodworking, and the beauty that’s out there in the wood. I have a local mill that I have trees that I’ve cut milled into slabs. My recent score is Walnut, Cedar, and Catalpa. I’m going to be making a variety of things out of this haul.

The walnut was blown over in a storm. A lot of it was hollow. I wish I had more of the catalpa. It was cut because of closeness to a power line. It’s beautiful. The cedar had a large limb snapped off of it, so we just cut it out.

All of it is around 15% moisture level, so I have some time to plan on what I’m going to make.

I look forward to learning from you all. Thanks for having me.

-- RLTW!!!

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Bill White

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#1 posted 12-11-2017 03:54 PM

Thanks for your service, and welcome to the LJs.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 03:55 PM

You know when you post stuff like this to us you have to send some of the wood to each of us. I hope you brought enough for the whole class.

Just kidding, that’s a great score there with all that wood. Can’t wait to see the projects you make with it.

And welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 05:24 PM

Welcome to Ljs glad to have you join the fun, Thank you very much for your service and sacrifice for us and our country.
You have a great start with that great variety of wood. Not sure how much you know about woodworking but using too green wood can spell out problems for furniture type projects. If you’re are unaware of those problems I would suggest you search here on LJs or online about wood movement and things like how to dry wood and how dry does wood need to be to build furniture.
I read your post again and see you know your wood has 15% moisture content so perhaps I’m telling things you already know.


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#4 posted 12-15-2017 04:11 PM

I’m not even going to think about using any until it’s under 10%. I have gotten it organized better and stacked. I also got some workbenches finally. I’ve been using the floor, and my table saw as a workbench for several years lol.

-- RLTW!!!

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#5 posted 12-16-2017 03:08 AM

I also got some workbenches finally. I ve been using the floor, and my table saw as a workbench for several years lol.

- RangerWood

I do the same because all the benches are full all the time.


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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 12-16-2017 04:23 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

Wood storage is good

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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