I worked my first Ridgid belt spindle sander all day for several days and burned it up. It wasn't the tools fault and I went straight out and bought another one ! It has performed well for several years since. I have only used the tilting table a few times but it worked just like I needed. The only shortcoming is dust collection but none of the spindle sanders I have used do . The belt osselating is very useful.
Ah, I was wondering haha. Craigslist, facebook, storms, family farm, or the farm I work on. Would like to find a local tree service and make friends with them if possible. They like to cut down big old trees at my work and pile them up and burn them, makes me sick. Found two sweet cherry burls the past couple years. One was on a standing tree, kept hoping it would blow down. Had a big storm so I went and checked the farm, was the only tree that had blown down haha.
My main problem is not having a trailer, will have to cut the logs where they lay and transport slabs in the bed of my truck, will probably buy a trailer by spring hopefully. Me and one guy got a massive walnut log and massive ambrosia maple log for free off of craigslist. The walnut was real nice cut up, never got to cut up the maple log because his chainsaw wasn't big enough. Of course now i don't talk to him bc he did some real a-hole stuff, so won't get the wood that's mine.
They varied in width and those panels were a lot of work. Plane down, glue up, drum sand for hours with some across the grain which caused a crapload of ROS sanding. Next time plywood is sounding good although I like how these solid wood turned out
Garnet shellac followed by satin water-based poly. The shellac warms up the finish and really gives nice depth.