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    Quote Originally Posted by fletty View Post

    Tomorrow I start on the torsion box which sits on top of the columns and sides and hopefully sand and put the first coat of WOP on the base, sides and columns 🤞
    The problem with making furniture directly from the felled tree is that every time you run out of timber, you have to pick up the chainsaw! It was raining most of today and, being a Sunday, the chainsaw didn稚 seem as attractive a prospect as it normally does?
    I got clear finish and stain on to some of the pieces......

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    ..... but the stain was a bit of a 礎ullet-dodger and a late change of plan! The sapele laminated ply I had for the job ended up being not just a 宋ariation in colour but a clashing WRONG colour! As a reminder, here is the altar that the lectern has to match and how close the lectern will be to the altar so I decided to stain the sapele to match with the panel on the front of the altar?

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    By the end of the day, the components below the torsion box were mostly complete so tomorrow will be ...... CHAINSAW DAY!

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    a rock is an obsolete tool ......... until you don稚 have a hammer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fletty View Post
    Today, either side of a baby shower (since when have men started being invited to baby showers?) ..... 🤞

    Since when have such invitations been accepted ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeCook View Post
    Since when have such invitations been accepted ???

    Refusal didn稚 seem to be an option?
    a rock is an obsolete tool ......... until you don稚 have a hammer!

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    I had a one-step-backwards one-step-forward sort of day so the only positive thing i can show you today is......

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    ...... this little piece of magic I picked up on line. I want the old tree to show through so I use pieces of timber with splits and occasional sap holes BUT I first fill them with this thick, black super glue that settles into the blemish and is then sprayed with accelerator! It files flush quickly and is then polished with the sanding used on the timber so it is no extra work. It does leave a wonderful, smooth surface but still shows the spirit of the tree.
    a rock is an obsolete tool ......... until you don稚 have a hammer!

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    Don't be coy, tell us what the magic potion is called.

    mick

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    Spinning things make you giddy I heard it so often. Good to see you have raised the standard and taken to turning on a lathe just think of it as an over sized router except with the wood in the jaws no the tool. Tool in your hand and shavings much bigger.

    You could convert to Catholicism farm the whole project out at half the cost............oh forgot you are doing this for LOVE for one of two reasons 1 to keep in good books loser to home, 2 So heaven throws open its doors

    Why is the left side higher than the right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glider View Post
    Don't be coy, tell us what the magic potion is called.

    mick
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    a rock is an obsolete tool ......... until you don稚 have a hammer!

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    Nah, still get giddy Ray, I subbed out the turning.
    This afternoon I got back on to the torsion box. I dressed the face timber to width and thickness and then dragged out my old mitre sled to cut to length

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    By tonight I had cut the four faces and I知 pretty happy with the mitre joints which here are only held together by a framing clamp. Tomorrow I値l domino these joints and get it glued up. If you池e trying to work out what happens from here ........ so am I?

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    a rock is an obsolete tool ......... until you don稚 have a hammer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fletty View Post
    Thanks Fletty

    I think I can see an application there with the Casuarina Oaks. A whole range of pieces destined for the fire may now be able to be reclaimed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fletty View Post

    Thanks Fletty,

    And with the power of stuff I can稚 comprehend or fathom.

    There is bottle heading my way.

    Cheers Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicity View Post
    Thanks Fletty,

    And with the power of stuff I can稚 comprehend or fathom.

    There is bottle heading my way.

    Cheers Matt.
    Good one Matt! 👍
    a rock is an obsolete tool ......... until you don稚 have a hammer!

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    I wasn稚 happy with the assembly so, after gluing up the 奏able top, I pulled the whole lectern apart, fixed a couple of fit issues and put it all back together again. Just a few words however for anyone who may be considering making furniture out of Forest red gum (FRG) and the first word is......
    DON探! it is SO hard and dense that every screw hole needs be drilled and preferably taper drilled. I am using Robertson hardened steel screws and so far I have literally shattered 3 drivers! The second word is.....
    also DON探!
    So, back to today痴 efforts, I domino壇 the table top mitre joints, glued and clamped it and let it set for a few hours

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    When good and dry, I fitted it痴 plywood top, re-sanded it and applied a first coat of WOP. When fine sanded, the FRG looks and feels like polished marble.

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    I returned to the stash of chainsaw milled timber and selected some straight grained pieces to dress for the framing trim with the intention being to 蘇armonise with the framing of the altar top.

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    I tried to attach the framing pieces with fine nails but it just laughed at me, I am now thinking epoxy!
    a rock is an obsolete tool ......... until you don稚 have a hammer!

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    Could be harder Alan, something like Iron Bark or Gidgee.....

    Hardness Scale of Aussie Timbers .pdf

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    The cross grain edges of the torsion box look beautiful.

    Have you taken any moisture readings of the FRG?

    I'm thinking drawer fronts for my long baulk but only when I find a second pair of hands to help with the milling. It must weigh >100 kgs.

    mick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glider View Post
    The cross grain edges of the torsion box look beautiful.

    Have you taken any moisture readings of the FRG?

    I'm thinking drawer fronts for my long baulk but only when I find a second pair of hands to help with the milling. It must weigh >100 kgs.

    mick
    Thanks Mick, yes it is beautiful timber but I知 not game to take a moisture reading because I don稚 know what I would do if it was too green. The lectern has to be made from the timber from this tree and the lectern is already taking too long? I致e designed it so that none of the FRG is restrained but only time will tell. I have developed a burning dislike however for the thug who milled it. IF he had milled it to 30 mm thick as requested it would definitely be dry by now!
    PS, I知 happy to be the other pair of hands and I致e been known to work for hearty food and fine wine?
    a rock is an obsolete tool ......... until you don稚 have a hammer!

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