Month: January 2012

Got Slabs?

Here’s your dinning table! 3+”thick 11′ long 43″ to 48″ wide live edge!

This is a White Pine. I remember this tree, when I was in high school. It lived on Bernoudy road at the Big Falls rd end over looking the river and White Hall proper, it was huge then. B.G.E cut it down last year and told Tom Nicholson about it, he had the good sense to get it. It sounds like a bit of an ordeal he was alone but being an arborist he managed to muscle it out with machine and winch. Counted the rings,over two hundred of them. If there is a White Hall Historical society and there should be, they should be tripping over themselves to get some of this wood. It’s gorgeous for pine which doesn’t impress often.

This is the first time using the slabber attachment on his Peterson Sawmill, it was a bit tough to dial in but once I figured what needed to move and how much, it was easy, you did have to square it back up after each cut. This was a big run 48″ at the widest point, it didn’t go out enough to mess up the cut but its best to start as square as possible as in life, to avoid a pile up of misery. That and it was best to sharpen after each run. It uses a full skip chain so there really aren’t many teeth to sharpen. I felt pretty comfortable running this after using my Logosol set up, I’ve re-sharpened my chains to a rip angle, 10 degrees, so I was comfortable with sharpening and it cut with a speed better than what I had expected or am use too with my set up.

Here is a neat burl on the side of the slab, This one has dinner table written all over it to me.

I cut four slabs from the choicest section and was going for a fith but thought bettter, it would have cuped most likely and this tree is not one to experiment with. So there is a lot of 5/4 and 8/4 stuff 10″wide all FOR SALE!

ATTENTION CHAIR MAKERS there is a lot of clear 8/4 seat stock here 11″ long 9″ to 10 inches wide.

Here are two I’m gonna use for a settee.

Other exciting news (if your into green woodworking) is Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee finished “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th-century Joinery”.

The first class I took in woodworking , besides shop in high school, was with these two. I could be mistaken but I think they just finished a run of “Make A Chair From A Tree” I remember a stack of new books and I bought one, this was a joint stool class, my first introduction to green woodworking and I wanted every thing to do with it I would have lived in the shop and slept on the floor if I could, Alexander encouraged me to come work and learn so I did in my free time.It hit’s the stands the end of February.

got wood?

With a new year comes new endeavors. I get a fair amount of wood in log form offered to me and cant use it all in a reasonable amount of time. If it’s not top quality Oak or Ash I get it sawn or now saw it myself. I recently got the Logosol Big Mill Timberjig. The timberjig attaches to my Stihl MS 660 and slides on a fence I made that attaches to the log to be milled. So far Ive milled locust for post and a little bit of quarter sawn Red Oak. In the pic above the Oak is stacked in the back its about 15 board feet of 4/4 and 6′ long and planed one face. In front of that is Locust, the remainder of the tree that I was getting post out of, that’s 5/4 and 4′ long and again about 15 board feet. I’m selling each stack for 25$ that’s a little more than 1.50$ a board foot. The stuff is air drying not kiln dried though I could point you in the right direction to get wood kiln dried, the oak I wouldn’t wast the time its to easy to dry yourself. The locust is a little harder to dry, I would do a slow air dry under cover. I hope to be able to offer unusual or hard to find local stuff, like the locust, one could make a really interesting and unique piece or spice up a project already in the works. I used locust to make the hinges on our pine kitchen cabinets. Under those two stacks are White Pine with the live edge the longest being 12′ long and is 2 3/4″ thick. The one above that is 1 3/4″ and two short sections are 8/4. 8/4 or two inches makes a great chair or stool or bench seat thickness. The pine came from where Ive been working lately running a swing-blade mill. It started off as fill in work for me but it’s really kept me busy, we are sawing out some really neat stuff, Cherry that Tom took down as a tree service job and the home owner wanted it milled, it’s going around his fire place in panels shelves and a mantel, pretty cool! I’m mostly milling White Pine cause he gets a lot of it, its easy to mill and dries fast. We have a lot of 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 4×6, 6×6,2×4 and a bunch of miscellaneous stuff ITS ALL FOR SALE and I need to make room for more.The price is right about .50 cents a board foot and again its not kiln dried but I have been pleasantly surprised how fast this stuff air dries. I brought some inside and it’s real stable and didn’t check. It went from the log to usable in a month.

Each Time a new pile is started I do my best to make a level platform.

There’s a ton of wood over there a bunch of nice cuts, a lot of quarter sawn pine which might not be as spectacular as oak but is still a unique cut where the growth rings are left as straight lines. If interested please contact me [email protected] or 410-807-1010