Railroad ties!?! That's a waste. ha
I was just drooling through Bell Forest online and did a search for wide boards and tried to find something that was at least 8x40 or so, saw that board and gave it a shot. Oddly enough, I haven't really been out in the shop any more than usual. I think I'm just getting a little more efficient. Having gotten that router with the little dial adjustment for the table is a real time saver compared to the one I using before, that's for sure. I actually haven't been out there since last weekend, I'm getting a little twitchy.
I'm a little worried. It's 2140 janka according to their site. That'll be the hardest stuff I've cut so far.
$39 for the board and $17 for shipping which sucks but what can ya do? It's free shipping if you buy more though.
The board weighs 16lbs. 13/16" x 8 3/8" x 52 1/2"
You could dye everything to get even color between heartwood and sap, but it adds a bunch of work obviously and is hard to do well in a consistent manner. But it would work. I'd use dye instead of stain. I think you're better off embracing the sapwood for indoor projects, at least. Outdoor it makes more sense to cut the sap out since bugs like to eat that stuff.
Um yeah... I think you are good spirited about it.. but being ordered to what I will make in my shop with my very little time wouldn't go over so well. I'd show my wife where the lathe is and tell her to have a ball.
I have been using a store bought marking knife that I really hate, it's fat, ugly, and well, ugly. I was looking at buying a nice knife, or set, and I landed on @derekcohen web site: http://inthewoodshop.com/, where he has an excellent tutorial on making a marking knife. If you haven't checked out his site, you should, it is now in my favorites. Using his tutorial, I made a couple of knives, and by mistake showed them to my wife. She looked at them picked them up and used one, and asked (I am serious here) "can you do something like this for my porcupine quill?" Without missing a beat I said "sure you catch em, and pluck em, I will figure something out". She flipped me off and said "I am serious" and walked off. I muttered "so am I". She's a quilter, and apparently they use quills to push multiple layers of material thru a sewing machine, who knew. A little research and I found quills break, and they (quilters) buy a lot of them. So I made a "quill" using a brass rod, and put in a handle.
I gave the quill to her about a week ago, and today she said she really liked it and asked "how hard was this to make", without thinking I said "not too hard", she said "good, I need a few more". What's a few? 50 by Christmas. Teach me to be a smartass. Top to bottom, teak, purple heart, sapele, finish is shellac and paste wax.
Thanks Derek, I think.