Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

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Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:17 pm

NOT for everyone, but I LOVE free wood :)
Playing yesterday with some small Black Walnut branches from the "Scrap" pile left at my Aunt's from her big tree(almost 40" Diameter).
Yesterday's branches had unfortunately got tucked away and hidden for 2 years, AND though I had hastily sealed the end grain with an oil/wax mix, I somehow in my haste forgot to seal the branch cuts and the chainsaw cuts on the side. Bad enough I didn't get to the branches for 3 hot days after cuts....should be sealed within Minutes, NOT hours...and certainly not days!! :oops:
This branch had 2 different diameters, and the big chainsaw cut on the larger piece, didn't match how I wanted to cut the smaller piece, so table saw cut it in two, and trimmed the chainsaw end grain cuts, and then sealed.

I always cut the "Back" side of the wood after looking at it and guessing the grain. I TRY to keep the Heartwood at the same height end to end.
Also TRY to go down enough so piece will jig up solidly for the top carving. On Black Walnut I try to get into a kind of pretty pattern for the back, but usually stop before Heartwood is hit, as I can always sand a hair more off.
Yesterday's piece was kinda marginal, as Heartwood had actually split from Sapwood. Also splits had developed from the untreated branch stubs and where chainsaw actually hit the wood :oops:
6.27.19 BLACK WALNUT BRANCHE SAWN 2 PIECES.jpg


BUT, very interesting pattern on the bigger piece;
6.27.19 BLACK WALNUT BRANCH1.jpg



And smaller Plain Vanilla piece has very predictable Heart/Sap line;
6.27.19 BLACK WALNUT BRANCH2.jpg


Today will be doing 2 pieces that had similarly been "lost" behind my shaper and a box somehow and ends had NOT been treated.....Must have been a dead branch on the tree, as insect damage
was noticeable,and the bark was loose. Insects in the shop was scary, so put in oven at 200F for 60 minutes, even though a firewood study by the State said Zero insects at Any stage were alive after 45 minutes at 160F by what is now State Law for incoming firewood from other states.

SO today's victims are the two wormy/split pieces being surfaced on the second side so I can see where the wormwood is, and where to trim/butterfly wedge the splits?
6.28.19 BLACK WALNUT BRANCHES TODAYS VICTIMS.jpg

6.28.19 BLACK WALNUT 1 WORMY AND SPLIT.jpg


Also one little cut-off that WAS well sealed after trimming off sections for the 2 "Owls in a Branch" already cut, will have "Back" trimmed flat.

Kinda mindless work, but sometimes very rewarding for my small pieces...and if it's REALLY SCRAP I can chuck it in the woods and have more room:)
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby Leo » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:21 pm

Not so mindless.

Cool post and cool thoughts on the wood and what you go with it.

I am certain it WILL become something even more cool in the future.
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:34 pm

Shush Leo...I'm Playing :)
Just came back in to edit, as I forgot the State's temp/duration now required.

Anybody else's pic's are ENTIRELY welcome!!
Hard to have too MANY ideas floating around:)
Oh, a couple pics of stuff done on this "Scrap" already that you've probably already seen.
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:06 pm

DON'T like Wormy Wood!
6.28.19 BLACK WALNUT 1 WORMY AND SPLIT1.jpg


But may be able to use it someplace.
In Opal, sometimes the pattern of color in the rock looks like Ideograms, and are called "Chinese Writing Stones" and sometime command a High value....
I Kept HOPING to get a pattern, or Einstein's Theory, or even a simple "Hello Earthling"...but no such luck :wink:
After going all through that and trying to find a method....I felt LUCKY to wind up with 2 similar shaped lines, and then vertical holes that could be filled with a carved stone or contrasting sawdust/CA.
6.28.19 BLACK WALNUT 1 WORMY AND SPLIT2.jpg

6.28.19 BLACK WALNUT 1 WORMY AND SPLIT3.jpg


Anyways, at least I added to my stash of Walnut on the couch, and it's not dusty and tucked away in the shop where it's hidden!

Kinda liking that one highly figure one that if you squint REAL hard, and pretend it's a Rorschach test....look kinda/sort like a wolf :D
6.28.19 BLACK WALNUT END OF DAY 1.jpg

6.28.19 BLACK WALNUT WORMY BACK AND CARVING THICKNESS.jpg


All told, I cut about a total of 4.5" off the ends to eliminate the end checking.
House smells like beeswax and oranges...which is good, because with DC going shop hit 85F.
Lot of bark and dust in my steel Dust Deputy container I imagine:)
All taken to 600G, and either oil/waxed, or resin/oil/citrus thinner mix.......oil/wax is better for end grain checking prevention.
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Oh...On MOST of those...I cut down to just Before(or AT) the beginning of the Heartwood for what I considered the "TOP"...so carving down into it now will give me the best figure and contrast.
Now that I have 2 parallel faces on the 2 Wormy pieces, it doesn't matter as much because it's easy to jig, and take more wood off later if needed.
6.28.19 BLACK WALNUT 1 WORMY AND SPLIT4.jpg
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:24 pm

I THINK this is the last Black Walnut branch from my Aunt's tree :)
6.29.19 LAST WALNUT BRANCH1.jpg

6.29.19 LAST WALNUT BRANCH2.jpg



Priorities JUST got changed yesterday for surfacing them, as my San Francisco Niece and Nephew visited for the first time in 5 years(now 15 and 10 years old).
MADE myself some more work when I offered them a Piece each....and BOTH were 3D's AND unsigned....2 stands coming up :lol:

I got one piece jigged up so Heartwood was level, and surfaced to rough depth, but then Kid's showed up and never took a pic.
6.29.19 LAST WALNUT BRANCH JIG 1.jpg
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby phill05 » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:20 am

Scott,

Man after my own heart I love to see your images and one I would like to see is your keyboard stand please.

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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:25 pm

Ah Phill......
The Project where on the Shopbot Forum one guy said "My Shopbot is a TOOL.....I don't make a Fu**ING ALTAR for it!!!!" :D
He' had obviously never been in a wheelchair, and had 4 teams of surgeons making a Project of his Spine for 20+ hours!! :)
This is almost a thread by itself, as I looked all KINDS of computer shelves other people had made to make their lives easier.
Have less than 5 hours before thunderstorms stop my cutting...WILL start another thread later when I get more pics from another computer from 2013-2014.
Must say that my back LOVES the roll under/move out of the way shelf, and not have to constantly turn sideways or put my brakes on/off!

But here's a couple;
box mod hook castered cabinet.jpg

box swing arm 2.jpg

SHELF SUPPORT.jpg

quilted t1 2 keypadmouseflute coffee ashtray monitorbase 2 whatnots.jpg

SHELF 1.jpg


Even works if you broke 2 toes that got infected, and you have to keep your foot up on an upside down monoski crutch for 6 weeks :D
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby phill05 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:43 am

Good on you mate, thanks for sharing interesting how you have the shelf set up, I too look how to make and use to make it easy for me, my spine is totally fused.
I always look out for your posts a pleasure to read.

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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:45 am

Thanks Phill!

It was certainly better than my First set-up when the machine got here!!
12.11.13 FIRST SET UP2.jpg

I was bashing my feet/leaning over/and twisting 90 degrees all the time.....could only work a few hours before my back called quits, OR go on bed rest for weeks to heal my feet. :(

OH....Shelf was bolted from underneath to the slab using furniture connection bolts.
SHELF  INSERTS.jpg

Not sure how it would have held up to abuse otherwise, as people leaning on it, and me using it as leverage to move the whole mobile unit around.

Also, having it cantilevered like that...it telegraphs and amplifies all machine vibration!!!
Actually made me a better cutter, as the vibrations of the monitor made it EASY to see when I wasn't cutting smoothly! :)
Unintended benefit....if you can't read the monitor(and your coffee is spilling)...TWEAK the cut! :D
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:04 pm

Kinda quiet today, so just adding some pics of 2017 firewood I stole with permission from Libby's Camps on on of Dad's and my fly fishing excursions;


All Birdseye Maple of course..Kinda easy to notice in the pile if a piece of bark is split off.
Birdseye on the outer trunk goes straight into core all the way pretty much.
If surfaced from the bark toward core=Birdseye
If wood is split towards the core already,and you surface bark to core= streaks of the Birdseye show as streaks of highly figure wood.
Just mentioning.
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:06 pm

Here's how it looks if you surface bark to core presplit Birdseye;
See how the Birdseye traverses the full radius of the tree in almost a straight line? I never knew :oops:
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:02 am

Had a Maple trunk split off in early Winter.
8.25.19 BROKEN MAPLE.jpg

Decided 2 days ago to go out with my trusty 30" bowsaw, and see how many ways you can use a bowsaw on a hanging 25' section in a wheelchair on a kinda steep slope without getting scrunched as it came down.
My cutting with left hand and bowsaw upside down needs work! :)
Trunk came almost straight down, so only the 6" section was resting on the ground and punky.

Got seven pieces(3 branch crotch) I decided to throw up towards house and drag in:)
Most will just become plain vanilla 3" thick pieces, but hoping for Some figure.
No wood stove...so just would have become a brush pile.
8.26.19 4 OF 7 NEW MAPLE PLUS LAST BURL.jpg

I baked for bugs the most difficult cutting pieces first, this is second batch.
8.26.19 MAPLE BATCH 2 DEBUG.jpg

First one I just had to flatten a patch so I could get a straight cut on table saw, as there was a dead branch piece on top...now a small crotch piece, and a plain vanilla piece.
Safe-Z's set to .005"...and Still first pass was .55" where branch knob came out!
8.26.19 MAPLE 1 SKIM CUT JIGGING.jpg

8.26.19 MAPLE 1 SKIM CUT JIGGING 2.jpg


Here I go again :D
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:13 am

Second to cut was a splintered WRECK where the tree snapped and fractured, BUT after cutting off the piece embedded in the ground...it was VERY slightly punky, and was hoping for a little spalt....
AND it was branch crotch......SOOO...I Hid behind the plexi shield while it threw slivers around the shop :)
8.26.19 MAPLE SHATTERED 1.jpg

8.26.19 MAPLE SHATTERED 2.jpg

Thinner than hoped once past the fractures, But MAY be good for something down the line.
8.26.19 MAPLE SHATTERED 3.jpg
8.26.19 MAPLE SHATTERED 3.jpg

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Rest of pieces easier to jig and cut:)
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby dwilli9013 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:54 pm

Well I must concede Scott you have to be the verifiable master of clamping and fixturing on your cnc. I certainly cannot wait to see what pieces lie within this fallen branch. I know one thing for certain though they will certainly be exceptional no matter what they become.
As always the stories behind your material selection and gathering along with the vivid explanation you provide during you creation of your works makes me feel like I am right there along side of you creating works of art.
Thanks for sharing and doing what you do. Always a pleasure. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Branches, Firewood, and "Found" wood

Postby scottp55 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:53 pm

Thanks Dwayne!
I was about to ask if people were bored with all this simple CNC surfacing(some no doubt are:)..so your comment was nicely timed!!
This is that knotty left side piece from first log.
No way to orient it the way I wanted, until I tablesawed it off.
Oriented like I usually do for branch crotch....all 3 centers of pith at the same height...seems to work well?
8.27.19 SUGAR MAPLE BRANCH1 B 1.jpg


Nothing interesting at first except the deep knot, and was taking .08" off per pass until knot got really solid...barely a hint of figure.
Went down .05" to start getting a better finish, and VOILA....FIGURE :)
Needed a .03" pass to clean up minor tearout....then a .002"pass...and repeated 3 times to reduce sanding(150/220/400/600G)
And there it was!
8.27.19 SUGAR MAPLE BRANCH1 B 2.jpg


From Nothing to Nice in .0802"!! Ya gotta keep an eye on each pass.....and STOP deep passes as soon as there's a HINT of what you want...you still have tiny passes and sanding to go!!
Ruined more than 1 Opal by going to exactly the right place at 220G...only to have lost a color layer when I went through 600/1,200/2,400/16K G :oops:

Had to mix up a new batch of what I use for primary coats for figured woods now. (THIS batch is very slightly heavy on the Pine Resin as the wood still needs to dry..so more solids)
8.27.19 PRIMARY FINISH COAT FOR FIGURED WOODS.jpg


Kinda liking it...will not carve the front of it with the bark on until I figure what it will be. NOT bad for the back of a project with only 1 coat on.
8.27.19 SUGAR MAPLE BRANCH1 B 3.jpg

8.27.19 SUGAR MAPLE BRANCH1 B 4.jpg


Back to cutting...I was interrupted this morning:(
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