The provision for me in my shop this past week: cutting dovetails in black walnut for a chest, some goat-milk and lime paint for the butcher block legs, and finishing up the milling of the mighty locust.
I read about this method for flattening large slabs in a publication (Woodwork I think) a year or two ago. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the article in order to reference it. As I work with irregular slabs, too large for my machines, I expect it to be a reasonable and effective method for flattening large slabs, in this case, eastern red cedar.
The router is mounted to a 4′ sled which rides across two parallel fences (jointed 2×4’s smoothed and waxed). The router has an 1-1/4″ straight cut bit, and mounted on the sled can cover the entire face of the slab, removing about 1/32″ of material per pass.
a couple of turned walnut handles help to steer
the whole endeavor sits on my table saw
We milled a large quantity of black walnut, red cedar, and green ash with a neighbor and his band-saw mill earlier this summer. Below are a few photos of our operation.
Some of the logs piled in the field.
Slabbing off a decent quality and sized black walnut log…
some of the boards 25″ wide…
some lead slugs from deep in one of the 100 plus year old red-cedars…
the slugs, still in the tree…
A hay loft full of lumber, almost everything was plain-sawn into boards and slabs from 4/4 up to a few 6″ slabs, all with natural edges remaining.
A carpenter ant infested green ash crotch being milled using a piece of heavy aluminum C-channel on sawhorses as a guide for the first cut. Also the standard 20 inch bar on the Stihl 039 has been replaced with a 24 inch bar and a rip-cut milled chain. The extra four inches and a new bar make a big difference in getting good true and flat cuts.
It would have been better had it not been filled with a colony of carpenter ants, but still nice wood.
A little better towards the edge, just not as interesting.
Here are a few photographs as I cut up a walnut stump. The stump was all that was left of a city tree.
A black walnut stump, cut in half and then one of the halves cut into quarters.
Sawing 5/4″ boards from one of the quarters.
A good stack of boards- ranging from 4″ thick to 4/4″ thick. A few spots of rot, but much usable wood.