Category Archives: Lumber

Buying lumber, finding lumber, scavenging lumber, and more.

A Little Dogwood

A friend of mine contacted me a couple days ago asking if I could help him take down some dead and dying trees that were leaning up against his house (and providing bugs with a convenient entry point).  So I … Continue reading

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Spalt!

It all began back in 2009 when a neighbor was having a pecan tree taken down.  I came over to watch the arborist at work, and I asked if I could have part of the trunk.  He kindly dropped a … Continue reading

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Timber Framed Bunk Beds, part 2: A Pile of Lumber

The problem with timber framing is that you can work for days and days and look like you’ve no work at all.  Nearly a week ago, I began with a pile of lumber. After two solid days of hard work, … Continue reading

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Timber Framed Bunk Beds, Part 1: The Plans

Last year, my wife warned me that the kids were growing out of their cribs and toddler beds, and that we would need to build them some bunk beds this summer.  I started drawing up plans.  The criteria: A three-tier … Continue reading

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Identifying Some Mysterious Wood: Can You Guess?

Last fall while camping with some friends in the Florida panhandle, I came across some firewood that had been left at an adjacent campsite.  There were five logs, all about 6″ in diameter and about 18″ long.  Perfect firewood, I … Continue reading

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How I Use My Table Saw

I cut all my joinery by hand, and I have a bandsaw for rip cuts.  I never use manufactured sheet goods, and I can crosscut accurately by hand.  This table saw hasn’t been turned on in years. But it makes … Continue reading

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Wax On: Sealing the Ends of Boards

I’m a lumber-scavenger.  I pick up logs here and there, split them into manageable pieces, and resaw them on my bandsaw.  Usually I seal the ends with leftover latex paint, which is somewhat effective in preventing checks in the ends.  … Continue reading

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Cleaning Shop, Saving Scraps: A Photo Essay

I have been working wood for only a few years, and I remember my early frustration with woodworking literature that always seemed to include the instruction, “Use a piece of scrap to…”   I never seemed to have any “scraps” of … Continue reading

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