Bridge made from Firewood

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Bridge made from Firewood

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It’s actually a cigar ashtray made from a piece of spalted birch firewood. I felt like I was carving marble! I saw this piece one day when I was hauling some wood in for the stove and set it aside, dried a couple of months inside.

If you like to carve branches or firewood, do yourself a favor and tune up your bandsaw. I got new guides and a tall fence and some appropriate blades and you would be surprised at how accurately you can mill a piece a firewood on the bandsaw.

I made the bridge model last year and now I’m into making these ashtrays so I decided to make a Brooklyn themed one.

Thanks for looking.
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Wow that is a really nice piece of firewood! Good job on the cut and save!
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Wow+1 :)
What a beautiful catch and then cut from your "firewood" pile Bill!! :)

What finish?
It really looks good on that piece!!
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Thanks Scotts. That is just a single coat of Polymerized Linseed Oil. I want to do one more tomorrow, then a coat or two of my Linwax.
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Thanks Bill!
Was it thinned or driven in by heat gun, or just "warm wood,warm oil" ?
Normally when I see fully spalted like that..the wood seems Much softer...anything like that?

I imagine by now you've searched your "pile" for any other pieces of that :)
(Hoping you bought cord length on that load so you have more to find:)
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Scott, there may have been others I didn’t notice that kept me warm, lol. Get my wood dumped all split to stove length. I had many pieces that were split into blocks with a rectangular cross section or close to it. This was from a much larger log, it ended up being quartersawn.

I seem to have misplaced my heat gun, didn’t use it here. Very happy with two coats of oil, one coat of linwax buffed out with 400 grit dremel polisher. No soft spots at all, cut very well.
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Scott, there may have been others I didn’t notice that kept me warm, lol. Get my wood dumped all split to stove length. I had many pieces that were split into blocks with a rectangular cross section or close to it. This was from a much larger log, it ended up being quartersawn.

I seem to have misplaced my heat gun, didn’t use it here. Very happy with two coats of oil, one coat of linwax buffed out with 400 grit dremel polisher. No soft spots at all, cut very well.
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Thanks Bill!
Seems to have got very good penetration anyways...and really made it Pop :)
:) dreading going back into the shop...still need to clean up Shaman mess, and skim spoilboard I bet.
It's been accumulating odds and ends in my short times out of bed....and needs cleaning BAD!
Thanks for the extra pics!

So now your "Selling the Brooklyn Bridge" :) :)
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