26th August 2007, 07:42 PM #1
Rembember the Lemon Scented Gums?
A couple of weeks ago we lopped the lemon scented gums at the local girls school and I am now the proud owner of a couple of tons of obscenely large timber! Hope you like the pictures. The picture of the stack is misleading - that's only one of the three trunks we slabbed! The timber size is 60mm thick x 8'-12' long, plus some bits of 6"x6".
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27th August 2007, 09:32 AM #2
27th August 2007, 10:22 AM #3.
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Love it !
Looks like some serious bitsawood there.
Any chance of some close up pics of the grain. Pour some water on it first.
27th August 2007, 06:11 PM #4
if the day comes that you just dont want any of that timber
you can give me a yell and i will come down get rid of it for you (straight to my shed )
seriously it looks good would like to see what you make turns out like
27th August 2007, 07:19 PM #5
Got a few plans... ! They'll probably make some great dining tables, indoor or outdoor (preferably of the type that doesnt need to be moved all that often... they'll weigh a ton!). Also thinking of creating park benches out of the side pieces (ie the big fat curved bits). At any rate, I'll have a couple of years to think about it.
On the other hand, the Macrocarpa slabs I cut a couple of years ago should be coming online this summer... and they're even bigger and there are more of them (40, off the top of my head). I'd better get busy. (I have individual shots of each of those bits somewhere. Will post when I get the time/inclination)
27th August 2007, 07:22 PM #6
PS - yes, very serious bits of wood! Notice the way we had to pretend to be egyptians rolling blocks of stone on logs to move them anywhere? Dragged them into position with a Gator once we were got them home to my place. The ground took a punishing!
28th August 2007, 11:26 PM #7
hmmm... our school just planted Lemon Scented gums around the new carpark... don't think they considered the branch-dropping thing... How many years do I have to wait before they are big enough to pose a hazard and we can lop them too? Those slabs look great! Does the timber have any of the scent the leaves have?"Look out! Mum's in the shed and she's got a hammer!"
28th August 2007, 11:37 PM #8
I've got a couple of Lemon Scented Gums in the scout camp that are about 12 YO.
They have both dropped large limbs.
As they are both next to footpaths they are coming down very soonRegards, Bob Thomas
29th August 2007, 08:58 AM #9
I think you may owe the school staff room a nice coffee table!!!There was a young boy called Wyatt
Who was awfully quiet
And then one day
He faded away
Because he overused White
Floorsanding in Canberra and Albury.....
5th March 2008, 03:59 PM #10
Update: Eight Months On
The slabs have survived their first summer! (past tense perhaps not appropriate - it's going to be 39 for the rest of this week!). Anyway, they are still sitting where they were put in August with a tarpaulin for some meagre weather protection, and the prognosis seems to be fairly good. Most pieces are still dead flat, a few have bad splits but that's to be expected with this species. Most are showing some minor end-checking, but this only extends an inch or two into the length of the board. With twelve-foot pieces, I think I can live with it. It looks like 2/3 of the boards will end up usable, and the ones that have major splits can be cut to smaller sizes.
It was interesting to see the fate of the bark. After a month it had crazed and cracked, and by mid-summer it had all flaked off and was lying in small piles beside the stack. Instant wood-chips!
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