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    Hobbyist, chair making, milling lumber with chainsaw mill, improving my skills

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  1. No Coop. I was lurking here when I made my lowbacks and first Rocker, hadn't jumped in yet. My first journal was on Scott Morrison's Tea Party Chair. Here's a link to that journal, it was first time posting here;
  2. I find chairs to be the most satisfying of builds. They are addicting also, at least for me they were. And Chestnut was right, if you are batching stuff it will go a lot quicker. One thing with chairs, they are stressed and racked more than all the other stuff we build. When was the last time someone sat on something you built, there leaned back in it, or constantly drug it back and forth on the floor. Most production chairs do have inferior joinery, making a chair with good joinery means you are creating something a lot of people can't afford to buy.
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    Veneer Adventures

    Awesome, great start. Also glad to see a project in progress posted! This is a neat project to post.
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    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Sure, happy to show some pics. This wood has been a pleasure to work with and I think it matches up with walnut wonderfully. I'll post this piece when done, then I plan to make a matching liquor cabinet, using a few more pieces of this curly ambrosia maple for drawer fronts.
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    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    I remember, I think you suggested we meet in Virginia. I'm putting the finishing touches on a piece in the shop, and that curly ambrosia is the perfect drawer front material for the piece. I may have to find a way to get more of that, it's like crack.
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    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    Is that wood for the cradle rocker? Also, from what it looks like you got a mixture of 4/4, 6/4, and 8/4, right?
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    What kind of wood is it?

    I'm not sure if they steam it. The stuff I used was air dried as it was from trees we harvested. It doesn't have the rich purples and reds like black walnut, but it has a more coffee brown color with black swirls and curly figure. The problem with colors in black walnut is that with time those rich colors fade, it's a shame. Got it. I think the stock looks good and I think it's all the same stuff. It looks like you have more sapwood in the middle 2 boards.
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    What kind of wood is it?

    The ones in the middle only look different from half way up. Where they partially planed and the others are in rough state? I've worked with English Walnut before, beautiful wood, alot of different coloring, so I could see where it is the same wood. Plane it all and then reevaluate.
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    What kind of wood is it?

    From the limited view I get from the photos I could see it being English Walnut, know for a lot of sapwood and not as dark as Black Walnut.
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    Tennessee Curly Cherry

    That looks pretty. Is that hard maple or soft? I wish you were in driving distance. Just finishing up a project now where I used some of that curly ambrosia maple you sent me, absolutely beautiful stuff. I'll post some pics when I'm done.
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    Chain Saw Milling

    I've run a full comp chain and a skip tooth, gravitating more to the skip tooth esp with longer bars. Skip tooth are quicker to sharpen, but they do dull faster. I think the skip tooth on a long bar is easier on the power head.
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    Chain Saw Milling

    Boy, this winter has really been terrible for me to get out into the field/woods for milling with my chainsaw. Fortunately the bandsaw mill I hired in Dec gave me a good stash for this year, but I still have about 8 smaller logs I need milled and the chainsaw mill will be employed for these. I was able to get out last month for a few cherry logs, but it's been tough. Seems this year in the Mid-Atlantic region the cold weather and frozen ground hits in the middle of the week when I'm at work, and the rain comes on the weekends. So is the plight of someone who is not yet retired. I did get out the other day to mill up 2 smaller cherry logs, both logs are little over 5 ft log. Nothing big, in fact these were firewood logs. After cutting and splitting a few rounds I saw some great curly figure in the wood. These 2 logs were the only ones not yet cut up for firewood, so I decided to mill them. For milling I use two different attachments on my chainsaws, an Alaskan Mill and a Logosol Timberjig. These are attached to two Stihl 660s with muffler mods. The Alaskan is used with a 42" Cannon Bar and the Timberjig is used with a 25" bar. Since I'm not a live edge builder, I like my boards edged. The Timberjig really helps with this. Edging the boards also have multiple other advantages. Firstly, by squaring up my logs I decrease the width of the log I'm milling. This is huge as it allows me to mill faster and put less stress on the saws. Also, I like to mill at 10/4, opting to resaw these boards in my shop after they dry. Decreasing the width of my boards by cutting off the bark and sapwood also decreases the weight of the 10/4 boards. Resawing in the shop also has some big advantages. This decreases waste since the kerf of my bandsaw is much less than the kerf of the chainsaw chain. I figure by cutting boards 10/4 in the field and resawing in the shop I save a board or two from each log from turning into sawdust. Now I realize chainsaw milling is not for everyone, but it has it's place and can be used on site if moving logs is a challenge. I also realize it's not the most efficient means of procuring lumber from logs, but it is affordable and very portable, these are huge advantages. Finally, chainsaw milling is the preferred method for slabbers that like wide natural edge boards. Now on to some pics; First thing I do is attach a board to the log. This is a 8' 2x6 screwed into the log. My Alaskan mill will travel along this flat board to create a flat surface; After that, i attach the jig I use with the Logosol attachment. This is 2 boards joined at a right angle. The jig is screwed into the flat surface the Alaskan mill helped form. You can see how the logosol attachment travels on this jig; Here's some older photos showing it being done; And the result; Now do it again and you have a squared up log; This looks deceiving, but this is about 10" wide and a little over 5' long. Next the logosol is set to mill 10/4 boards, the adjustable guide that runs on the vertical bars sets the board thickness; Now that runs along the log like at the right angle to slice off boards, 15 minutes later 3 boards, these aren't the prettiest boards but you never know when you cut into a log what the wood will look like; Here's an example of the Alaskan slabbing a log with crotch wood, this is what most people thick of when they think of chainsaw milling; And you can see here, my chainsaws have milled some nice logs, here are a few nice big walnut logs getting set up for milling; I've milled quite a bit of lumber over the years with my chainsaws and using the 2 different attachments has helped me be much more efficient and productive. Hope some people found this interesting or useful.
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    8 Drawer Dresser In Walnut

    Great job, love the figure, you really got the most out of that figured piece of walnut. I too was wondering about how you were going to put the top on with all the drawers and dust frame in place. You had no choice but to use fasteners that allowed for wood movement since your sides were frame and panel. I'd be interested on any tricks you guys employ when confronted with the situation Drew had to deal with.
  14. Thanks for sharing those and I esp love that hall table. Very neat piece, great work. The bureau is a real beauty also.
  15. Jeremy, thanks for the kind words. I'm telling you what I'm sure you already have heard, chairs are addicting when you start building them. I also find that they are some of the most useful pieces of furniture to build. The angles on that chair were not too bad to deal with, not having lower cross supports below the seat helped with that.