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 on: May 08, 2021, 01:46:27 PM 
Started by WP Rayner - Last post by WP Rayner
Hi Paul.
interesting project lovely engine.
If you don't like woodwork just sell the cured slabs.
cheers

Thanks Kim. I actually enjoy woodwork, the problem is it doesn't like me. If it turns out that after three years or so of drying and likewise a three-year increase in my age (definitely into the O.F. era now) that I'm unable to move around 200+ lb slabs of wood, I'll just give them to my Amish friend to do with as he pleases.

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 on: May 08, 2021, 01:14:15 PM 
Started by Sami - Last post by 1-32
Hi Sami.
Your scratches are perfect.
cheers Kim

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 on: May 08, 2021, 01:12:41 PM 
Started by fspg2 - Last post by 1-32
now Hi Frithjof.
After all these years following the pieces now seeing it coming together great.
But the sleepers in the yard are special.
cheers Kim.

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 on: May 08, 2021, 12:58:49 PM 
Started by WP Rayner - Last post by 1-32
Hi Paul.
interesting project lovely engine.
If you don't like woodwork just sell the cured slabs.
cheers

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 on: May 08, 2021, 06:38:16 AM 
Started by WP Rayner - Last post by WP Rayner
Was any of the wood usable for rough construction or furniture? -- Russ

Russ:
     Home milled wood makes good furniture if air dried carefully.  Remember that before the middle of the 19th century all furniture was made from air dried lumber.  I could point out that when you took your first shop classes that all that was available.  I on the other hand had to make my first shop projects from rocks.

WP:
     After 3 years of careful air drying, indoors, we all expect you to move up to 1:1 scale and make some impressive furniture.  Ash can be a difficult wood to work with as it usually needs scraping to get a good surface for finishing rather then sanding.  Please make sure all of the slabs are properly stickered and weighted on top and like a good wine the magic ingredient is time.  A simple first project could be a shadow box to put the diorama in.

Russ and Lawton: That is the reason we've been milling the large 4" T. slabs in the hope that once dried, they will be a source for some useful lumber. The heartwood and sapwood appear to be sound throughout. The damage from the Ash Borer is limited to the cambium layer so the inner and outer bark just fall away. We won't really know how useful the wood will be though until it is dried. The large slaps are being set up with proper stickering in the barn for drying. An Amish friend is providing a great deal of help with the chain sawing and splitting in return for the wood. He'll have a major supply of firewood by the time we're finished and I believe he's hoping to get some construction wood and wood for a large table out of the long slabs (at least his wife has told him he is...  Smiley ). I've saved two nominally 3' dia. x 4" T. cross-section slabs which are drying in my "heavy" workshop in the garage with the intent of producing two coffee tables. It will be a rather daunting challenge as I have no machinery big enough to handle such large pieces, so will have to rely on a substantial amount of router work followed by hand-plane and scraper work to create usable table tops.

Lawton, thanks for the insights into working with ash. I've never worked it before. I studied furniture design and construction at the Wendel Castle School back in the 1980s and went on to be one of the founding staff members at the short-lived Genoa Furniture Design School which came about when Wendel sold his school to the School for American Craftsmen at RIT. Unfortunately, I had to stop working with wood at that level because of health reasons. Turns out I'm allergic to trees and have to wear a respirator when working wood for any 1:1 scale construction. Outdoors I can get away with a mask when chainsawing. I don't have any issues working with wood in the model shop fortunately, mainly because the pieces are so small and I'm creating very little dust, but as soon as I break out the circular saw, routers, sander, planes, and scrapers, on goes the respirator. Bit of a pain...


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 on: May 07, 2021, 02:46:41 PM 
Started by WP Rayner - Last post by Lawton Maner
Russ:
     Home milled wood makes good furniture if air dried carefully.  Remember that before the middle of the 19th century all furniture was made from air dried lumber.  I could point out that when you took your first shop classes that all that was available.  I on the other hand had to make my first shop projects from rocks.

WP:
     After 3 years of careful air drying, indoors, we all expect you to move up to 1:1 scale and make some impressive furniture.  Ash can be a difficult wood to work with as it usually needs scraping to get a good surface for finishing rather then sanding.  Please make sure all of the slabs are properly stickered and weighted on top and like a good wine the magic ingredient is time.  A simple first project could be a shadow box to put the diorama in.

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 on: May 07, 2021, 01:22:25 PM 
Started by WP Rayner - Last post by finescalerr
Was any of the wood usable for rough construction or furniture? -- Russ

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 on: May 07, 2021, 06:35:17 AM 
Started by WP Rayner - Last post by WP Rayner
This second shot shows the start of the process of cutting up the trees. The smaller logs were chopped into approx. foot-long chunks which we started splitting for fire wood. The large trunks were chainsaw milled into a few 3' dia. slabs and some 4" T. x 8' L. planks which are now curing in the barn. One trunk remains to be cut into planks and there remains a huge amount of splitting to be done. The stumps were all ground late in November just before the ground froze. Work halted because of winter and with spring being so wet and cold this year, we haven't been able to make much headway on the final trunk and the splitting. With two more trees to come down shortly, it looks like this process is destined to continue for some time. Going to take years for the front lawn to recover.

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 on: May 07, 2021, 06:24:52 AM 
Started by WP Rayner - Last post by WP Rayner
Here's a shot of the Ash trees after they were felled at the end of October. There were 7 felled in total, running along the front of the property.

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 on: May 07, 2021, 06:21:50 AM 
Started by WP Rayner - Last post by WP Rayner
Beautiful work Paul!

Thank you Chuck... much apprecited!

Great job! I like your idea of bonding the thin sheet brass to styrene for cutting, then melting away the styrene.

Thanks Ray. Bonding the shim brass to the styrene made a difficult job much easier and prevented the brass sheet from deforming while cutting.

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