Vonkrause

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  1. Alrighty, after what seemed like an eternity of sanding, some giving up on getting it perfectly smooth, and close to a 1/4 of a gallon of oil I think it’s done. Not too sure what I was expecting when I started this but it sure seems like it turned out better than I expected it to. The grain is just as wild as I was hoping it would be, carvings while being a serious PITA turned out pretty well, wishing I had gone deeper on the top one now that I see it oiled. Fun fact the wolf is as deep as it is because of a mistake I made early on and needed to go deeper to hide it. I finally nailed down an effective strategy for carving with the tungsten carbide tip that almost completely did away with smoking issues. That said it was still extremely tough and time consuming, Wolf retouch was two hours minimum. Decided to place my mjolnir on it for reasons, that and it looks cooler that way
  2. Little before and after oiling. Can’t belive how much pop that gave it! Love the grain pattern on this piece.
  3. Good catch, it does weigh a lot, my guess is about 30+ lbs. I’m calling it a camp chair because it’s main use will be for our renaissance festival camp group. I’m one of the council members and the end goal is to have a chair like this for every council member to sit at around the campfire. Each one will be designed around each persons personal tastes but essentially the same design. I just happened to find the materials first so mine is the first one constructed, added bonus is now we have an existing piece to use as a template.
  4. I plan on sanding the edges and corners to prevent damage to people and things. Thinking of keeping the square looking seat though, not sure about butt scoops yet. I sat in it for about 15 minutes and as it is it’s surprisingly comfortable for a hunk of wood.
  5. well After many hours, 20 minutes with the jigsaw, another 30 with a rasp and a bunch of sanding later I have the final pieces made and tested. I still have MANY hours of sanding to go and I still need to oil it but as of right now it’s officially a working camp chair
  6. Time to work on the seat! Btw the piece leaning against my workbench is the other section of the plank. Bonus material, making the entire chair out of the first plank
  7. Oh wow that is tripy! That level of woodworking is out of my realm of experience and tools for the moment but the goal is to get to that level. Looks great. Closest I’ve gotten was a pallet pantry I made several years ago. It has issues and some things aren’t square. Learned a lot and it serves its purpose since our house has no pantry. Biggest thing I learned was dowles should be drilled out with some kind of jig. I somehow got the top close enough freehand drilling to make it work.
  8. I’ve been learning a lot as I work with this piece, starting at a higher point and letting gravity sink the bit to depth seems to work better than trying to go at it like a router. It’s not as precise but my 3rd bit seems to be doing better for it. The material is so dense any pressure at the current depth on the walls of the cut cause a little whiff of smoke. As it is right now I think I have found a happy medium. Thanks for the tips though it’s how I have learned all my woodworking knowledge. Thank you, I got the 2 pieces as it was one plank about 15’ long and cut in two for storage from BC woodwork at 4426 Pinemont. Real small operation but I liked what I saw and the guy is a real cool dude. Love being able to keep this to a local business thing and I will be going back when others in my camping group build theirs. bcwoodwork.com It looks slightly off but like you said it’s to be expected to a certain extent and I know due to measurements it’s good it’s just funny how the grain has forced the illusions.
  9. Yea this stuff is DRY, it’s spent 3 years in a werehouse in Houston air drying not to mention the summers stay around 90-100’F well into the nights. It’s been a fight for every millimeter for sure, had a lot of smoke while carving which is new for me. I didn’t know how dense it was till after I started, did a whole bunch of research on it after the fact. It’s actually how I came accross this page, someone was asking for info on live oak planks for sale back in 2012 and I posted in it as it was updated not long ago and decided to stick around after looking over the site.
  10. Thanks guys. I am using a craftsman rotary tool (dremel essentially) with the router attachment to do the carvings. The live oak has already chewed through a diamond tipped bit and a tungsten carbide bit. So hard stuff for sure, that and I’m sure my inexperience with the material isn’t helping the bits out. Its surprisingly difficult to find a slab of wood large enough to do a Viking chair without laminating multiple pieces together or going for a flimsy/smaller design. Seen some people use 2x10 lumber and I don’t see it lasting too long. Stuff I got is almost 2x13 after I cut the live edge off. Would of liked to keep it but it was splintered and coming apart and was only the one side. As I have worked it I have discovered two optical illusions, the top carving is centered with less than 1/8th of an inch of error but seems WAY off center. Bothered me so much I spent ten minutes with a square measuring it to be sure. The other illusion is the line going through the wolf’s nose, that’s not a chunk missing it’s actually a black grain imperfection in the wood. It was one of the reasons I chose it to be the top part of the chair. Wanted to showcase the wild grain pattern front and center, can’t wait to oil this piece and see what comes out.
  11. Hello all my name’s Justin and this is only my second post here and decided to drop my progress so far. I’m from Houston Texas and Its a little odd to have someone like me doing woodworking projects near the city center... country boy living in a big city kinda thing goin on. So anyway I picked up a MASSIVE plank of Southern Live Oak from a local sawmill in Houston who only gets trees from within the city limits. I have never worked with live oak before but I needed a large solid chunk of (insert whatever hardwood) I could get my hands on so I could build a plank/Viking chair. well after sitting on my purchase for several weeks and planning what to carve into it I dove in and started working on it yesterday and today. What I didn’t know was how HARD the Live oak was going to be. I’ve been making progress but it has been slow, the good news is I think it’ll be worth it in the end as it has some amazing grain in it and the oil will really make it pop! I have had no formal training and what I know has been observed from those around me. At best I would say I’m mediocre and I haven’t acquired all the tools I would like to have so a lot of what I do is considered “redneck engineered”. I like working with wood and I learn something new with every project. Will update this post as I progress.
  12. So I have been planning a plank chair to go camping with and came across a local sawmill in Houston that takes trees cut down in the city for stock. He had this MASSIVE plank that is apparently more rare than I thought. Well I have been working with it for a couple days and done some carving on it and I gotta say, it’s TOUGH! It has caused the death of a diamond bit and a tungsten carbide bit. It has some wild grain and I can’t wait to get oil on it once all the cuts are done. Had no idea how tough this wood was before I started to work on it, even though it’s tough I think it’ll be worth it in the end. By the way the slab was originally about 15’ long and was cut in two for storage purposes and was drying for about three years. I got both pieces one was about 9’ (pictured) and the other obviously was shorter. Also the black line going through the wolf’s nose is actually grain, it looks like a chunk missing but it’s 100% black grain.