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  1. I'll bet that log has some sweet figure, as long as it doesn't crack or split when you dry it. Do you think those guys can process that big piece? Do you do anything different when drying crotch wood? I've had some trouble with it splitting and checking. This past year I started painting the crotch area with anchorseal after I milled it to try and get better results. Not sure if that works, but I figured it wouldn't hurt.
  2. Well that is a big one, I'll need shade and a few cold beers. But that's bigger than my mill, would need to get it down to 34" width, my biggest bar is 42" and I run it on a 36" Alaskan.
  3. Might not be checking, might of been there when I milled it, I did mill an older log that had some cracking/splitting. Not sure if these boards are from that log., it's been a few years since I milled it. But yes these were air dried.
  4. Spanky, as promised here are some pics of mulberry, from a peckerpole log; I put it through my jointer to show you the figure and grain. It's been sitting for a few years, has some checking but it looks better than I thought it would look before surfacing. Have a bunch more of it in use outside but that is too weathered to really see the look of it.
  5. Can't say I've come across sassafras that big, but I'm not doing it for a living. Sometimes I settle for peckerpole logs, but of course it's just me I'm doing it for and using a chainsaw means peckerpole logs are easier on me. Lust curious, how much of a market for your sassafras?
  6. I can take a few after church, it's pretty weathered since I used it outside. I believe I have a few short pieces in my stack, I'll find those. Question about sassafras, how big are the logs you are milling, doesn't get very big here.
  7. I would assume maple and hickory would be the same as oak, or not as bad in regards to insect damage?
  8. Got it, so the increase in color is from that. Mulberry is a great log to let sit since it is so decay resistant. I completely agree about junk logs, milled a number of cherry logs with no sapwood, like you said they can be beautiful.
  9. In regards to mulberry, I've milled a few but nothing that looks like that. If I can find mulberry that looks like that I'll start milling it more. Around here it's hard to find a straight mulberry, and they have a lot of branches. I cut a lot of them for firewood, a few I milled I used for garden beds, they are very decay resistant.
  10. The arms are bent lam and it's a tough bend. In my mind you really need air dried for this bend and I'm ok with a little higher moisture % for this. Here's a better photo of that chair: This chair was not in Sadler's book, I did a variation of his highback. I also tried this design as a rocking chair, not nearly as nice as the Maloof Rocker, but not bad for my first rocking chair.
  11. This is a simple and fun chair to build. I started building these 2 years ago and always seem to have one at some stage of building in my shop. This will be my 8th highback and I also did one with arms, so 9 in total. They are addicting to build and look great around my dining room table. The design came from an older book that is a favorite of mine, "Building Fine Furniture With Solid Wood", by Ken Sadler. Reading this book is like listening to your grandfather where you knew whatever he is saying it is wise to pay attention and listen. The build requires basic tools and a good lathe. Even th
  12. That's some purty wood!
  13. I really like that wavy walnut. I've never cut black locust, but I'd like to get some for some outdoor projects. As for milling it with my chainsaw, all I can say is my mama didn't raise a fool. I'd be hiring someone like you for that!
  14. I think I'll need a bigger saw!
  15. I milled 6 hickory logs this winter, man they did a number on me and my chains. I was sharpening the chain with every tank of gas. I've become good at sharpening chains! I've even quarter sawn red oak with my mill, don't think I'll do that again but it was an experience. I have a few nice white oak logs sitting on my property now that I'm going to quatersaw, but I'm hiring a bandsaw mill for that job. The more I mill with the chainsaw the more I think about getting a bandsaw mill. And yes, a dream come true to buy a few acres on a lake and build your house from the trees on the p
  16. Love talking about milling, like a lot of your photos also. When I get the chance I do a little chainsaw milling. I have the access to the wood and I love milling, it's addicting. It was very impressing with your earlier post where you split that huge maple log done the middle with a chainsaw. It looks like you did that freehand! With my chainsaw mill I can handle logs up to 34", using a 42" bar. I know I earn every board I cut, milling is hard work. I tend to buck my logs at about 7' because I usually saw by myself and I can't handle much larger boards. Also because of the waste wit
  17. Love hearing from sawyers, so with the way you described your quartersawing method, I believe you cut the wood like this off the quarters? I believe this would give you true quatersawed boards in your first 6 cuts or so and then a more rift cut boards after that with a chunk of waste wood once you are finished, correct?
  18. Thank you guys for the input, no need to convert than as I have neither problems you guys listed and esp since I won't know the difference.
  19. With the grain layout I agree with you. First off I should take more time with that part of the build. Cherry the grain isn't as visible before you finish and I don't take the time to wet with mineral spirits to see the grain pattern before jointing. If I had thick enough stock with the cherry I could have made the backrest nicer. Another challenge with these sculptured chairs is trying to figure out the grain pattern in the seat. What I mean by that is I'm taking 3/4" to 1/2" of material off, visualizing the grain pattern that far below the surface is tough. As you reduce the
  20. I'm having some electrical work done in my shop, putting in a few more 220 and 110 outlets. I see that the Laguna 14/12 bandsaw can have it's wiring reconfigured to run on 220v. Has anyone done this, how's it improve the bandsaw, and any reason not to do it?
  21. Well time to wrap this up. It was fun doing this journal and I appreciate all the comments and feedback. I'll critique a few things about the chairs as I go through this post. These chairs are now headed to my dental office so parents that come back with their children for treatment will have a nice seat to sit in. The single back leg design allows the chairs to nicely fit into the corners of the treatment room. You can see from the photos the chair is almost made for a corner. Finished both chairs with 4 coats of Maloof oil/poly and then 3 coats of Maloof oil/wax. Finished and ready
  22. First off these chairs are very comfortable. In fact way more comfortable that I expected. The leg extending up does not seem to be a problem. The design also allows you to sit in the chair sidesaddle, meaning one leg over the side and one leg in the front. Time wise, these were my fastest sculptured projects/chairs yet. It helps you only have 3 legs and 3 leg/seat joints. I'm also getting faster. As for specific hrs spent on them I can't say, I don't track that and I would only be guessing. I started this journal June 15th, and from there I've only worked about 8-10 hrs per weekend. Whe
  23. Well I thought the repair would be fine, but it was sure reassuring to hear others agree. I would assume like Drew said that if it were to break again it would not break at the repair. Well got the first coat of finish on the walnut chair, few pics; Just about 6 more coats of finish to go before I can show off the final result.
  24. Started shaping the backrest on the second chair and then disaster struck! Complete disaster! I had the chair clamped to the workbench and with the backrest added it made the chair top heavy with the way I had it positioned on the table. After removing the clamps to reposition the chair I forgot the precarious top heaviness of the chair. As I put the clamp down I saw out of the corner of my eye the chair slowly tumbling off the bench. Needless to say I was too late to catch it. Falling 3 feet and landing on the back rest put too much stress on the back support. I was beyond depressed.