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  1. Ive never torrefied wood however I have made charcoal before. To start I would try to cook the wood without charring it. This may take some experimenting as far as temperature control vs charring. This can be accomplished by simply taking a metal canister with a hole in the lid for venting on a hotplate. Start with the cheapest wood source you have. If this environment still has too much oxygen the next stage would be to go with a pressure cooker type design with an input and output line. The input could be charged with CO2 to purge the oxygen then the input is shutoff. The output should have a check valve to allow air to only escape please take great care to not close off the escape line. Just another thought... Ive seen knifemakers wrap their stainless steel blades in a special metallic blanket to protect the steel from oxygen during the heat treat process. Also this comment doesnt address safety concerns which should be researched before attempting.
  2. Locally ive mostly seen walking sticks like that made from (in no particular order) persimmon, dogwood, pear, apple, sweet gum, hickory / pecan and most prevalent eastern red cedar. Maybe you could buy a blank from a turner if you know one. When we have a bad storm here I usually can find a down pear tree (decorative) within a few miles of my house. I like Barrons idea of a mixed species if you have to laminate.
  3. My wifes 2005 Ford Taurus does this as well if you find the culprit please let us know. When this happens on her vehicle (probably once every 2 months) we let it sit (1 to 10 minutes) and it runs fine until the next 2 months or so. Goodluck
  4. This is just a shot in the dark but maybe open up all interior doors and see if you get the sound then start closing off areas until you do, to maybe localize it. Its doubtful but it could be normalizing from a pressure spike? Maybe think of home renovations or winterizing things youve done?
  5. I like this option as well. You could add a "carport" type roof to one side for a riding lawnmower or lawn tractor. May be an eyesore depending how its done or utilized.
  6. MattSC

    Shop Layout

    @Chestnut makes sense but I have a hard time going with the diagonal approach. I'm ok with other peoples shop being like that but for my shop it bugs me too much. Thats just me. To the OP I dont know how cluttered your workspace gets but you may want to rotate your bench 90 degrees and move it to the right more to give a buffer for the path to the laudry area (if dust gets too bad you may need / want to curtain the laundry area off).
  7. I found the "Twist" had some advantages and disadvantages. Pros: you can pop the wood off as described and also it impeded the axe/maul getting stuck. Cons: you sacrifice some control once the blade contacts the wood which can result in a tweeked wrist. YMMV
  8. We would use a splitting axe to strike a line bisecting the log. For this the axe is easier to get stuck but easier to free. The maul would just bounce off. Then we would use the maul and alternate hitting both sides of the line then center. After a bit if the log hadnt split we would grab the wedges. I love the satisfaction when you hear that "THUD" and you know at that point you won. Of course that all changed when my dad built a hydraulic splitter
  9. I always empty mine when Im done with it that day. My thought is (probably incorrect) that would help maintain the condition of the seal(s)
  10. I am hesitant to discuss this topic without specifics because as tom king said "it depends" but mainly because without the specifics I would not want to give advice on this because in certain instances the result could be damaging to structures and or human lives.
  11. This is a general question about bookshelves. What is the recommended maximum height to depth ratio without anchoring it? So in this case 52:12. Or is it best practice to always anchor bookshelves?
  12. MattSC


    Recently I've become interested in metal smithing its Paul Sellers fault I saw his video on making your own wooden bodied spokeshave. In the video Paul does some "forging" in heat treating the blade. Here's the video Disclaimer: Some comments posted for the video by Smiths were critical of Mr. Sellers heat treating method. In my interest I came upon a Smithing Forum called I forge iron (or something like that) where I found posts on making a homemade charcoal forge called "JABOD" which stands for Just A/Another Box Of Dirt *loves that. Im leaning toward making a forge like this or more based on early 1900 portable Army forges.
  13. Ive never been there before and I dont know if Columbia SC is too far for you but a search showed a company called Woodford plywood in Columbia. Goodluck on your hunt.
  14. I had 98% where I live in Clover, SC could've driven 60 miles to Columbia, SC but lack of knowledge and planning kept me from it. It amazed me how much light was still present at 98% almost "dusky". We did notice secadas and tree frogs singing, a few bird calls, and a turkey gobbling which I think excited some dogs lol. One other observation for me and my wife was at maximum - the light seemed muted with a golden greenish hue. Not the sky that we noticed but the reflected light from our surroundings. Seeing it at 98% has caused an item to be added to my bucket list. "See a total solar eclipse in a 100% totality zone."
  15. Ive never worked with it before but you may want to look at a material called liquid glass I think the chemical name is sodium silicate. I would definately do a test run of whichever system you decide on. Also the liquid glass may only work as a filler than a structural element.
  16. Welcome to the forum. I agree with all the above. Cutting bevels can be frustrating until you have the correct setup. Just an FYI in this situation you could have finessed the cut with a block plane and maybe some sandpaper for a better fit and finish. I think the piece turned out nicely especially since it was made from poplar.
  17. I do agree with @C Shaffer, however, I do feel with a project like the dining room table a moment of pause may be best. Possibly build a scaled down model if your unsure of your abilities or tools. Also an 11 foot dining room table can be turn into an expensive pinch of salt Welcome to the woodworking community.
  18. Pssh Ikea instructions are way more confusing than those cutlists hehe
  19. Just brain storming, this is totally an unqualified remark, but perhaps you could put a barrier between the neoprene and the vault bottom like some kind of backer board? Think like melamine or acrylic or hardboard? Probably not an option for the bench cookie though. Ill keep mulling it over.
  20. Hi Knox, you may want to look at some of Paul Sellers videos on youtube. He has videos on how to make your own miter box and shooting board in addition to other hand tool implements. Also he shows to some extent on how to use them. The only other thing I will say is a hand plane would be helpful on sneaking up to a fit (esp. If using the shooting board) you could probably use a sanding block but it will take longer and your lines probably wont be as crisp. Welcome to woodworking and to the forum.
  21. Welcome to the forum, I live near Charlotte, NC. I saw your post and it reminded me of an episode of "A Craftsman's Legacy" on PBS about a woman named Geri Littlejohn who has been crafting Native-American style flutes for 20 years. I was moved by her personal journey as well as her journey as a craftsman and artist. Here is a link to a video description on the episode (on a pbs hawaii website).
  22. I second what treeslayer said and if your still unsure see if you can use a friends nailer and I bet after you shoot that first nail youll go buy your own . Atleast thats how it went with me.
  23. I live in the charlotte metro area. I've come across these two lumber dealers in my research I have yet to visit either one but have heard good things about them. which is located in Iron Station, NC (Near Lincolnton, NC) and which is located in Mayodan, NC (North of Greensboro)
  24. Sorry to hear about your situation. I hope things get better for you. Maybe your wife, a family member or friend could do the work while you direct or supervise? Maybe look into some local woodworking groups and barter shop time or wood or beer?
  25. MattSC

    Be Safe!

    I work in construction mostly grading and once a laborer (for another company ) was cutting RCP storm drain pipe with a saw like shaffer listed kicked back and indeed cut the guys throat. The EMTs said he missed cutting his jugglar by a few thousandths of an inch. The guy was ok after months of rehab. Also it should be noted the saw had the blade guard removed.