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    *looks on gumtree* As usual there's around...

    *looks on gumtree*

    As usual there's around half a dozen older Altendorf's for sale for $5k or less. A 30 year old F90 or F45 is still a better saw today than any of the new $5k table saws, even if...
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    I'd call it fiddleback too, but sometimes you'll...

    I'd call it fiddleback too, but sometimes you'll hear it called ripple grain, or wavy grain, or waterfall grain - bit of country of origin nomenclature, bit of marketing appeal.

    (Waterfall grain...
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    okay so wood as a natural material comes with a...

    okay so wood as a natural material comes with a range of characteristics - things like knots, slope of grain, holes, gum veins and resin pockets, shakes and splits etc - all of which have the effect...
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    One of the things to consider is sizing. We've...

    One of the things to consider is sizing. We've done a few framed shutters over the years and a lot of wooden louvres... and I've previously been caught on the fact that in some places wooden louvres...
  5. Thread: Salvaged Logs

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    Looking at your log pile easiest thing to do...

    Looking at your log pile easiest thing to do would be to find a (cattle) trough lying about - most every station dump has a couple spares lying in it - fill with your borax and just dip each one in...
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    470111 ... even when small and pink like...

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    ... even when small and pink like today's. I've always had that eye for knowing which way to present them to a saw to pull the best out of them *shrug*

    How've you been anyway Ken? I...
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    Beautiful work mate. I'm stealing photos of this...

    Beautiful work mate. I'm stealing photos of this one for my collection.
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    Most cedar on the market is pretty ordinary: from...

    Most cedar on the market is pretty ordinary: from logs too young for good colour or too small for good boards.
    And most of it has been sawn by people who confuse owning or operating a mill with...
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    possibly Ipe.

    possibly Ipe.
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    Well basicly your best choices will come back to...

    Well basicly your best choices will come back to Coachwood or Satin Sycamore (which is interchangeable with coachwood in working properties and appearance).White Beech would be good, as with the...
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    meh.... plenty of maple out there... its a quick...

    meh.... plenty of maple out there... its a quick grower, There are plantations of it but not much online yet - though the ones in Hawaii are close because they were putting it into plantations there...
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    BBN is normally a better grower than that but...

    BBN is normally a better grower than that but it's fussy about site... it likes deep rich soils, good drainage, and plenty of moisture. ... wet pockets, gullies and creek flats basically.

    That...
  13. Leichardt tree Nauclea orientalis, aka Yellow...

    Leichardt tree Nauclea orientalis, aka Yellow Cheesewood would be a good starter.
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    Northern Silky Oak Fishtail Oak Crater Oak Red...

    Northern Silky Oak
    Fishtail Oak
    Crater Oak
    Red Oak 2 varieties (not the american $h!t)
    Meullers Oak
    Red Tulip Oak
    Brown Tulip Oak
    White Tulip Oak
    Caledoanian Oak 2 varieties
    Pink Silky Oak
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    I've got a few bits of petrified wood I've picked...

    I've got a few bits of petrified wood I've picked up along the way.

    Best bit I've ever seen belongs to a friend, it came up during dam sinking operations near Winton, Qld : about 600/long and...
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    Quite stylish and modern, yet classically elegant...

    Quite stylish and modern, yet classically elegant at the same time: I quite like it. Its timeless. And I adore the clean.... there's a joy in seeing someone build a box with good timber and getting a...
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    Go big green shed. Price graded hardwood...

    Go big green shed.
    Price graded hardwood stairtreads.
    Price KD hardwood in similar sizes.
    Convert linear price to $/cubic meter.
    You will never complain about 10 grand a cube for the good stuff...
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    What dies it smell like then? Smell - along with...

    What dies it smell like then? Smell - along with a burning splinter test and density - is a far more useful identification tool than a couple pictures.

    449084449083449082

    My bet based on...
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    Smell like apricots by chance?

    Smell like apricots by chance?
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    Double post. How do I delete a post anyway?...

    Double post. How do I delete a post anyway? Anyone know??
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    Best and cheapest usually aren't the same thing....

    Best and cheapest usually aren't the same thing. Just sayin'

    I believe Branch 95 are about to open a retail showroom in Brisbane in the next couple of weeks. That will be more best than cheapest,...
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    What you need now is a beam over the top with a...

    What you need now is a beam over the top with a pulley installed directly above the mill so you can also use that winch to turn you log. Ideally the winch line for that has a hook one end and an...
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    If you wish to rip with it you want 3 - 5 Hp for...

    If you wish to rip with it you want 3 - 5 Hp for inch of saw in the wood. So thats 15 to 25HP, and when it comes to saws bigger is better and safer.
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    Impressive, and on 10 days notice doubly so.

    Impressive, and on 10 days notice doubly so.
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    The big holes look like Longicorns. But they'll...

    The big holes look like Longicorns. But they'll be long departed - they are a pest of injured trees and logs but wont move in once the wood is dry.
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    Yah its straight up borax, we charge you more...

    Yah its straight up borax, we charge you more because we put it in a small bag in a woodworkers shop.:D

    You can get a stuff called "Timbor". Its a premix of borax and boric acid but same thing......
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    Okay. Borax (disodium octoborate) has a texture...

    Okay.
    Borax (disodium octoborate) has a texture like flour... its a "fluffy" kind of a stuff. Borax dissolves pretty easy, or lays on the bottom of the tank in a big lump of snot.
    Boric Acid is...
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    ahhhhhh yeah its more complex then that guys. ...

    ahhhhhh yeah its more complex then that guys.

    Its about how the borate in its chemical matrix attaches to the water molecule. I dont know the details at that level just the answer.

    "For maximum...
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    Borax works fine to keep borers and other insect...

    Borax works fine to keep borers and other insect pests out of sawn wood, but its not a particularly convenient or effective way to hold them out of logs pre sawing.

    For logs you've got basicly two...
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    yeah it'll work, but you won't be able to half...

    yeah it'll work, but you won't be able to half ass things like a lot of the homebuild guys do.

    They get away with a lot because their wheels are lightly constructed. Yours aren't..... and that...
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    Two ripping cuts to remove the sapwood is the...

    Two ripping cuts to remove the sapwood is the easy way to solve the issue.

    If you want to keep it you need to stop playing about with things like mortein and get serious about it. Go to the...
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    Dead Finish shouldnt be that hard for you to...

    Dead Finish shouldnt be that hard for you to source where you are - it grows right up the east coast of Qld on better soils with decent rainfall and its also been planted a lot for plantation...
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    ahhhhhhhhhh that looks more like Gympie Messmate...

    ahhhhhhhhhh that looks more like Gympie Messmate Eucalyptus cloeziana, most commonly referred to as "dead finish".

    It's a hell of a good timber and will be food safe.... but as you've already...
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    Cheapest way to do what you want is to find your...

    Cheapest way to do what you want is to find your nearest mens shed and give them a call... for a slab or a donation to the value of I'm sure someone will help you out.

    Me, I havent seen a piece...
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    446102 This picture is also freshly sawn teak,...

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    This picture is also freshly sawn teak, and you can see some of the olive colour that Bob mentions as it comes off saw right up the far end, with the middle board being sawn maybe a couple...
  36. You're on the right track with palletising your...

    You're on the right track with palletising your freight, or if not that have it in packs at pallet width and with a flat top so its compatible with palletised freight. If the transport company can...
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    ahhh... you're scaring me. Heres the thing...

    ahhh... you're scaring me.

    Heres the thing right, 200 x 200 hardwood posts have a couple stages of drying.

    Stage 1 is off the saw to 20 %, during which the wood losses the water between the...
  38. Thread: Purple Gidgee

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    Yeah but purple gidgee aint silver gidgee or...

    Yeah but purple gidgee aint silver gidgee or black gidgee.... its a little harder to get hold of.

    Look if no-one else can help with dry timber I got a couple mates own properties in its range. I...
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    Sand them and seal with any good quality varnish...

    Sand them and seal with any good quality varnish or decking oil subject to your preferred look. If you plane them they will surface check worse then just sanding alone.

    Thing to remember with...
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    Yeah mate I hear ya but the thing I advise people...

    Yeah mate I hear ya but the thing I advise people to do is be aware of the risks of dehydration and hyperthermia, and if you get too hot - stop and sit in the shade a bit, take the chaps off, cool...
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    Yeah well the problem Bob (and I agree totally...

    Yeah well the problem Bob (and I agree totally about the OH&S lowest common denominator approach) is that there's a whole lot of guys who think they're experienced but they arent... and they see...
  42. Thread: Fumed Tas oak

    by John.G
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    Good job. Sadly fuming with various agents,...

    Good job. Sadly fuming with various agents, ebonising, and other such techniques aren't practiced much anymore and it a shame because the results can be well worth the time it takes to get a handle...
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    Chaps saved my life once. Early morning and I'm...

    Chaps saved my life once. Early morning and I'm walking into a big Rose Gum and about 30m short my chaps which weigh about half a ton with three days worth of sweat in them start to fall down. Drop...
  44. All I'm going to say is that the price of...

    All I'm going to say is that the price of production keeps going up: parts and reapairs, property prices and rates and rents, wages, electricity, fuel. And I can tell you for a fact that no-one in...
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    My advice is to forget buying new cheap crap...

    My advice is to forget buying new cheap crap thats designed for woodworkers and go buy second hand pro gear. Theres plenty out there... you just got to look.

    You're in Tas, just go look at this...
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    The issue with cutting sawn veneer or thin stuff...

    The issue with cutting sawn veneer or thin stuff in general isnt the sawing - its the getting it to dry in good order. Different if you're taking slices off something thats already dry: but generally...
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    Not a bad stick at all James. Always nice to see ...

    Not a bad stick at all James. Always nice to see job being done properly.

    Bit of a question: how much preload is there in that wide slabber? Does it finish reasonably close to level at that width...
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    I'd suggest that some might magically appear in a...

    I'd suggest that some might magically appear in a tin about frosty mango towards the weekend. or that boards mightbe able to head towards a kiln if that worked for you better. i'm definitely paluma...
  49. Thread: Bronze Foundry?

    by John.G
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    Only one I know of that may be able to help you...

    Only one I know of that may be able to help you is "Northern Iron and Brass Foundry" but they're a long way north from you. They have a website for contact details.
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    Wet oak (like freshly sawn log) has a smell to...

    Wet oak (like freshly sawn log) has a smell to it,kinda sour. But dry oak doesnt have much odour at all.

    My bet is that you're smelling the borates it was treated with. Thats the good thing about...
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