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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jun 30, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Hi Kathy, I still have that quartersawn Black Acacia for Blanchard - just waiting for a new carbide blade on my bandsaw to cut it. Hope you're well sweetie!

HiKevvie!

Blanchard'll be stoked to hear when that day arrives!

:-)

I'm very well, thanks. . . hope you're gettin' out playin' and not just workin' all the time!

ox
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 30, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
I have an investor/partner who bought the Woodmizer and some other heavy equipment, Brandon, and it looks like you'd appreciate one.

We paid $8,500.00 on a low hours one on craigslist. Had to drive to Oregon to get it. They just started making carbide tipped blades for 'em - makes a big difference.

Here's a bookmatched Western Red Cedar dining table:

Credit: The Warbler

Credit: The Warbler

Credit: The Warbler

Credit: The Warbler

Credit: The Warbler



This tree grew a few blocks from my house and was getting too big for the garden. The homeowners' grandfather transplanted it to La Jolla from Mount Palomar 70 years ago. I milled the slabs 25 years ago in their back yard with an Alaskan chainsaw mill.










Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jun 30, 2013 - 07:28pm PT
Nice looking work, the grain is really nicely matched in your second photo upthread.

As for the Wood Mizer.....

The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 30, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
I craved a Woodmizer for a long time, Brandon, but you can do a lot with a good chainsaw mill set up. The Woodmizer is way faster and easier, but it's limited to 28 inches in width. I have a chainsaw bar and mill frame that can mill up to 7 ft wide.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 30, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
If you're serious about an alaskan mill, invest in two matched power heads - the more power the better. It's important that the two saws are matched models and makes so they run at equal RPM's. If one saw isn't built to run at the higher RPM of the other, you'll burn a piston in the slower saw because the faster one drives it faster than it's built to be run.

You can cut with one powerhead and a handle, but two powerheads have more power (duh). You also get chain oiling at both ends of your bar with two powerheads.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jun 30, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
That's a big dimension.

I've been using the Lancelot, which is a chainsaw chain on a grinder wheel. It's about 4''.

It's improbable, but we get our work down to no shadow line, + - 1/128''
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Jun 30, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
My wife and I spent the last 9 weekends remodeling our kitchen and parts of our first floor. It was a lot of man hours and much climbing, biking and fly fishing was missed while we did it, but we are really psyched on the results! I also pushed my DIY skills to a new level.

Credit: Crag Q

Credit: Crag Q
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 30, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
You did all that in 9 weekends?

That's impressive!

Looks way bigger and cleaner now - I bet she's happy...
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Jun 30, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Thanks Warbler! Our main goal was to open it up a bit.

I worked a bunch in the evenings and had a few days of vacation thrown at it as well. The elapsed time was 2 months. The worst part was we neglected the kids a bit while we bared down.

My wife is super happy about it and was very patient since we waited about 7 years to do that remodel so we could afford it.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jul 1, 2013 - 12:03am PT
Brandon, I've used one of those Lancelot tools, but didn't know it by that name. I used it to texture some old fir beams for exposed headers in my kitchen. I used it to give the surface a scalloped look, kind of like a beam hand hewn with an adze. It cleaned up the splintery, oxidized surface layer real quick. I just set the beams on some milk crates and straddled them to work. Then stained them a dark, dark, almost black brown. It's a nice look, and I've always wanted to get one of those tools for my quiver - I borrowed one for that job.

Are you saying you fine tune your joints in the timber framing with one?
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Jul 1, 2013 - 12:51am PT
Nice table on the last page Warbler!

How stable is the Torrey pine? Do you have to dovetail cleats in the underside or otherwise keep it from cupping while allowing for expansion & contraction?
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jul 1, 2013 - 01:12am PT
The Torrey Pine is fairly stable, but does have a tendency to wind when drying. I mill it to at least 3 inches on slabs more than 2 ft wide, more like 4 inches after 3 1/2 ft, that leaves room to work it flat later if it winds or to possibly resaw it if it stays flat. As far as cupping goes, those tables are built with not fully dried wood tops, and after a few days in the sun there is some slight cupping when the boards are loose. I'm expecting that stickering, stacking and storage of the top boards will take most of that out. If you didn't notice upthread, Edge, they are built to be broken down quickly for easy storage and transport. They won't be intact for more than a couple of days at a time.

The way they're built, there are 4 5/4" x 8/4" cleats running perpendicular to the grain underneath the tops with 3 5/16ths lag screws running up through the cleats and pulling each side of the tops down tight to the tops of the mini beam cleats. As the top boards are only 4/4" - 5/4" thick and up to 21'' wide, a little cup can be pulled out of the with the lags. The top boards aren't planed with a full sized planer to parallel planes, but left roughsawn underneath and free planed with a Makita 6 3/4 inch planer on top. A very nice tool, BTW. There are no glue joints, so expansion and contraction doesn't matter much, the fasteners are all in oversize holes to allow movement.

They're not supposed to be perfect, and the live edges, knots, cracks, and slight variations in thickness all make any other imperfections less noticeable.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 01:15am PT
I have to say, all this talk about blades and saws and such makes me a bit queasy. Sharp things scare me.

But I love looking at ya'alls work.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 1, 2013 - 02:16am PT
Are you saying you fine tune your joints in the timber framing with one?

I've been using it for log scribe work.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jul 2, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
some might call it a burnpile.
i call it my vanity.
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
like a ship upon the dirt sea,
i often exercise, here,
Credit: Norwegian

my viking imaginations
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jul 2, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
One of those sticks on yer burnpile's longer than the others, sir woodsman.



Seriously, that looks cool, and a fine use for curved cedar boughs, topped with the Pipes of Pan.


Building inspectors must love you Norwegian...


Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:48am PT
thanks kevin.
like most whom i cross pasts with,
building inspectors walk away wondering of my intent and of my understanding.

rsin,
i exaggerated all the plumbing so you just lift the sink right off the top to access any intestinal issues.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:52am PT
Did you joint and plane the Cedar boughs to get 'em flat, or just whittle away at 'em caveman style?

Edit: Be careful, there's moss growing on that rig already...
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:55am PT

that was a six-pack project,
i free-handed that shite through the
un-fenced table saw.

rsin my wife will hardi-board
and grout the river stone on top,
to flush out the surface with the sink edge.

getting the iron sink out is like 5.9 crimper.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:56am PT
No effin' way

Unfenced table saw+arched cedar branches, with bark and stubs+sixer+Norwegian=


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