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Old 07-24-2011, 12:09 AM   #5086
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Had to squander another day going to town today, but at least I got the hardware for the bed, among other stuff.

I pulled all the arbutus out that I will be using to build the bed, and man is it warped and twisted. It's not usable the way it is at all.

The only option I can come up with is to rip the 4 x 4's into much thinner planks...say 1" for example. Then rip them all to the width that I need for specific areas of the bed. So the outside of the top boards would be 2" and the inner two pieces would be 1 1/2" to accommodate the wood for the mattress to sit on.

The sides only need to be 1" thick and about 6" deep, which will mean I would most likely go for 4 pieces at 1 1/2" wide and 1" thick for the sides.

One problem with arbutus is that you never know when you are going to cut into an internal canker.

So I had a chat with the missus to let her know how twisted the wood was. Between us we think it's worth a try to cut all the wood up into small boards, pick out the best ones for the top rails and laminate them up into new boards. The good old workbench will provide a nice heavy flat surface to do the glue up on.

We have a rule around here that we should be decent folks on the weekends and not make too much noise. So, since I will use the sawmill to do the initial cutting, I will wait until Monday. This rule doesn't seem to apply to the association presidents' husband.

Here's the pile of wood I have to cut up.
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Now this picture is taken from the other end of the pile, and if you look at the two planks at the bottom left side, you will see how much twist there is.

This wood was downed in January 2005 by a big snowstorm, and was cut on Laurie's sawmill a few months later. It has been kept under cover since then. The condition of the wood is generally excellent with very few minor exceptions.

I'll let you know what we get out of it when it's all cut up.
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Wow, you are right, that is some twisted and warped wood. You have your work cut out for you for sure. Could you shim and cut the wood straight on your mill on one side and use your table saw to square it all back up?
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It's actually easier to do all the cutting right on the mill Jim.

This wood is very hard now - that's what Arbutus does. When you fall an Arbutus tree, you can slice the wood easily with a penknife. Now it's more like rock.

I considered tacking two plywood strips to two sides of the 4 x 4's, and then cutting the wood right down the middle on the table saw. But even that trick wouldn't work because some of the twists are so bad...not all of them. A few pieces are pretty straight.

Besides, it's 10 times faster on the mill. Since the mill hasn't run for a few years, it looks like it will need a good going over today. Make sure the motor is running OK, put a new blade on, lubricate everything up...the usual.
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I was outside fairly early this morning and the air was nice and still. So, I took a shot at imaging the moon...here it is.
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The picture of the moon is stunning.
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Could not agree with Barb more - love the soft blue light in that picture, looks quite surreal.
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The first words out of my mouth was "oh wow". That is a beautiful picture Keith.

I can see where it would be easier to re cut the wood on your mill, you would have much better control. You are right about the Arbutus being hard when dry, I tried to carve the piece you sent me and that stuff is harder than Chinese ruthmatic.

By the way, I can't get enough pictures of your mill, I have wanted one for years and if I were younger I believe I would have one.
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Perhaps when I get to cut up the Arbutus I will get a couple of pics, just so you can see how much waste I end up with.
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I have one sawmill unit which it is a large hortzonal bandsaw which it is allready powerd with diesel-electric unit and it can able run on stragiht electric if the triphase supply is avable.

I have cutted few super hardwoods the last one was a ironwood that went thru 5 band blades but the largest one I cutted was 44 inch diam oak that took me a while the length was 7 meter long { note not feet btw }{ nailed a rare item on oak side }

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I have one sawmill unit which it is a large hortzonal bandsaw which it is allready powerd with diesel-electric unit and it can able run on stragiht electric if the triphase supply is avable.

I have cutted few super hardwoods the last one was a ironwood that went thru 5 band blades but the largest one I cutted was 44 inch diam oak that took me a while the length was 7 meter long { note not feet btw }{ nailed a rare item on oak side }

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Wow! Now that's a big log. Mine won't cut more than about 27"...and that's really pushing it. But it is only powered by a 13 h.p. Honda.
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Tomorrow wife number 2 has a long time friend coming to visit for several days, which necessitated a trip across to town very late this afternoon for grub. We went down to Ladysmith instead of going up to Nanaimo for a change. Also brought back 4 tanks of propane.

On the way back - now quite late - there was a really nice sunset developing. I tried to get back as quickly as possible to get some pics. It's hard to say if I was in time or not, but here's a small selection of the 37 shots I got in rapid succession.
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Since we seem to be getting down to the nitty gritty at the end of the list of building projects, I put together a list of wood that I need for the various and sundry items still to go.

We need a bookcase to match the curve on the living room floor, and the original plan was to rip a hundred or so pieces of red cedar and laminate the shelves together. Admittedly, the cedar supply is getting a little skinny, so the missus suggested I use plywood instead. Evidently the look I gave her conveyed the message better than any words. It's cedar or no bookshelves madam. Cedar it will be.

I located a small stash of cedar under part of the house, and it seems that there is just enough for the shelves - I hope. I had barely got started cutting, when we had to leave for town. Too late for a pic when I got back...barely made it out front for the sunset.

I think there will be no more cutting or thicknessing in the house now that the tiles are down, it's just too dusty. So I moved the table saw and thickness planer outside. I'll be up with the birds to get the rest of the cutting done in the morning. The missus wants the mess (Mess???) all cleaned up before we go over and pick up her friend.
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Those are some beautiful pictures Keith, my favorite is the last one, it just looks so comforting.

I love when I get close enough to the end of a job to make up a punch list, for some reason that was always the fun part for me.

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