Nice max look forward to pictures and methods used when it’s finished I hope 
you post it. Good find on the stump too any wood that can be milled is good 
wood. I hope your stump has some nice grains and pattern through it

Bill

 

From: legacy-ornamental-mills@googlegroups.com 
[mailto:legacy-ornamental-mills@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of MAX LATHAM
Sent: Monday, 19 September 2016 10:43 AM
To: legacy-ornamental-mills@googlegroups.com
Subject: Fw: Some Ideas

 

 

 

I, too, am a scrounger with a barn full of wonderful projects.

And as far as sealing the log end, I can't afford that much lacquer thinner for 
ends .... so, I frequent the paint/hardware stores for  "mis-match" and if it 
cost more then $5/gallon, I just wait. I use latex paint and find it to work 
well to prevent/ lessen checking.

Most recent is a pecan stump/root which is spalted (I think). Should make come 
fine saw dust!

(the third pic is a work in progress, influenced by this discussion 
group--thanks)

(Now I've a little else to the mix)

max 

 

Ccan find, Ive found some very nice looking woods doing this, Like mallbeary, 
smoketree, and ficus trees all have unique quality's that you will not find 
elsewhere.

Many trees are not cut into lumber mainly due to the trees normally do not grow 
into a size that makes it profitable to cut into lumber. but this dose not mean 
these trees have nothing to offer to you and me.

Now cutting your own lumber can be a slow process. as a general rule of thumb, 
1" of thickness per year of drying.

The ends of the wood must be sealed as quickly as you can, to keep the moisture 
inside that tree, if the ends are not sealed the water will excape quickly 
causing cracking,making the wood less usable as it would be if dried properly.

I found this video on you-tube that I like.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6QsqAWf6hE He makes his own sealer, I often 
use wax or old paint to seal the ends. His method is neat and cheaper than 
anything that Ive done in the past. Ive not done his method yet but I do plan 
to try it soon.

 

Now another train of thought on drying wood is, dry only what you need, Bowl 
turners use this method a lot. they cut the wood into a usable bowl while green 
and then let it dry out, and later going back to finish out the blank once its 
dry.

 

Art and I got into a debate a number of years ago on the topic of using PEG. 
(polyethylene glycerol.) His thinking was to dry out lumber, mine idea was to 
dry out a idiom after cutting.

 

Any How. I tell everyone to use Cheap stuff for play time. (go out to the fire 
wood pile for proto. typing/ play.) when I want to try a new idea out, Why 
waist good wood, that cost you money? I personally go for the free stuff. Fire 
wood, pallet wood, old furniture that I find in the garbage... to make saw dust 
that I so greatly look forward to making. ;-p

 

Just something to think about.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

 

 

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