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Forum topic by SnowyRiver posted 06-24-2011 12:59 AM 2829 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2011 12:59 AM

Well, I had a first today. I was planing some black walnut that I had purchased from a hardwood lumber company. I was running a 4/4 board about 10 inches wide. Suddenly the planer growled a bit and the board jerked as it was going through. I thought maybe it was just a knot. After it came out I noticed something silver in the board. After a closer look I found a bullet embedded in the board. I was lucky that the planer just nicked it and I supposed since it was soft lead, it didnt do anything to the planer blades since it still planes smooth. A good reason to use a metal scanner on the boards before cutting them.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 01:04 AM

You got lucky Wayne, could have cost you a set of blades.

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 01:04 AM

Sometimes bullets are pleasant surprises to the vessel turner. Sold several cherry pots with bullet lead shining in the sides ,Wierd but nice surprises for a turner . Don Schneider, Havana Fl

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 01:23 AM

Nice. I’d say use that piece of the lid of a box. Maybe a gun box. Or a Civil War box.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 01:52 AM

Wayne, I don’t think a metal scanner will pick up lead.

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 02:28 AM

Wow that’s a new one. At least I never heard of it before. And you’re right, that’s why I got a wand and use it boards I don’t know where they came from. But I guess it could happen from boards I get at the sawmill too.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 02:53 AM

Richard…thats a good point…I dont know if it would either.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 06-24-2011 03:13 AM

I’ve hit lead shot before as well. Planer blades didn’t seem to mind it at all, but I dug it out anyways. You just never know what you will find.

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 03:14 AM

Wayne, you now have a point of reference to check it on (the metal detector) and report back to the rest of us.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 06-24-2011 03:49 AM

The thought of that ever happening to me disturbs me!! Especially on a table saw. Can you imagine, shrapnel from your tablesaw??

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 06-24-2011 04:27 AM

A “metal detector” WILL detect lead.

A “ferrous metals detector” .... won’t.


The Lumber Wizard III, por exemplo, WILL detect lead.


-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 06-24-2011 04:38 AM

Thanks for info Neil. I will have to put a metal detector on my list of things to get. I agree Matt…wouldnt want to hit it with the table saw.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 06-24-2011 06:44 AM

There’s a thread I started here about bullets in boards…some fun pix and comments.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#13 posted 06-24-2011 07:53 AM

Wayne….What no pictures????

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 06-24-2011 08:30 AM

I Slabed a walnut several years ago that had a 6”knot hole about 5’ up the trunk the first slab showed twenty or more 45caliber bullets. The owner started laughing and said his father 40 years ago use to get drunk on homemade wine and sit on the back porch with his old Army 45 and shoot at the grey squirrels the lived in the tree, he had forgotten about it until he saw the slab, I butterflied the two slabs and finished them and gave them back to him.

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#15 posted 06-24-2011 10:14 AM

fordmike….reminds me of a story my father tells about my grandfather who had been trying to shoot a wild cat for ages. anyway he was sitting in the workshop with all the staff one day having smoko when he spotted the offending cat outside. the shotgun was sitting under the open window which he grabbed and let rip at the cat.nobody saw him pick up the gun, so imagine the humour that was generated after everybody had regathered their wits and sorted out their wet laps from spilt tea. the old corrugated iron fence complete with pellet holes still stands forty years on. as for the fate of the cat?....well as i understand it he lived to escape a few more shots before he disappeared.

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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