Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Not Unexpected Diversion

The Slow Woodworker has been focussed on getting all of his wood moved out of the garage across the lane, since that house (and therefore the garage!) is for sale again and it looks like the owner is serious this time. I have decided to take what I want, and then offer up the rest to my woodworking buddies. Whatever is left over I will throw out to the firewood seeking neighbours.

Clearing out the garage has been a good exercise, as it has forced me to really look at what I have and what I really need. For example, do I really need 10 slabs of old growth Douglas Fir? Or 6 big catalpa slabs? No, probably one or two of each would be enough. Similarly, every time I turn around I trip over Monterey Cypress. I'll keep a couple pieces, but the rest has gots to go! Maple with a bad smell, alder with cracks, cherry with bad grain graphics, begone I say!
Probably what hurts the most is yellow cedar. I have a ton of smaller pieces of old growth yellow cedar. It just kills me to throw out a piece of wood that is hundreds of years old, if not a thousand years or more. Someone out there must be able to use them for something . . .

Meanwhile, despite my heavy heart, I have made some progress on Daughter's Desk. I just need to figure out the drawer frame and support, and then I will be ready to start cutting dovetails and mortises, etc. It sure is ugly in Magnolia, perhaps I should have been more proactive in suggesting an alternative wood to my wife and daughter. I will try to stain it so it is a bit more palatable. 

I have a couple pieces of beautifully figured London Plane (like Sycamore) that will make a nice drawer front for the desk.

1 comment:

  1. Dan,

    If only I lived just down the lane. I'd pay a handsome price for that "left over" wood (who ever heard of such a thing, by the way!). But alas, I am 3,000 km away.