I started by making some round templates. 8, 8 1/2, and 9 inch.
I traced the largest template that would fit with pencil
I cut them with my band saw. Here is what I got for the bowl blanks:
While I was at it, I cut up the other small pieces into the largest chunks I could. The fresh cut pecan is just beautiful.
Home made Borax dip and maybe end seal…
Using my new chain saw wood holder thing I cut up one of the pieces of pecan that the mill could not because it had a big piece of metal in it. I figure I will make bowls out of it.
I think they will look pretty good. I am going to make some circle patterns and rough cut them on the band saw. Then let them dry for a while. Here is a close up of one of the pieces:
BTW, mead is still fermenting away. Slow but true….
OK, when did my local home brew store start closing at 6pm? WTF? So, I get back with no yeast and I look in my lager chamber.
They are out of date and not the correct yeast. Well I am not to concerned with anything other than producing alcohol. So I make a starter.
I used the wash to create the starter, it started fermenting! Success! I poured it in to the rest of the wash. I will post how it turns out.
Time to get it milled, I did some calling around, some lurking the message boards and I found Berdoll Saw Mill & Furniture Co. What an outstanding decision that was! Brandon and crew are excellent, VERY reasonably priced. As a matter of fact they are the cheapest, I mean least expensive. All though my log was a “Yard” log that many other places would not touch, he took the time to work with me to get the most out of this log. He would go over it with the metal detector and position it on his mill to get the best cut. He would ask me every time if it was OK and he would patiently explain what he was doing and what he thought to me. He took the time and answered every question I asked about drying, sealing the ends, sticking, everything. When I went to pay we went to a second large building, OMG! When I go back I will take some pictures, lumber heaven! Black walnut, Mesquite sizes I have never seen before, one stump had to be at least 36 inches across, Walnut and Oak. Very much worth the trip to go and check them out. Here is a shot of the small mill they used for my log.
They also coated all the boards with Bora-Care as soon as they left the saw. Here is what I took back home:
Next up Stacking and Sticking!
Alright! Now that the log is ready, I need to get started on a place to stack and dry. It needs to be straight and flat. If it is not straight, your fresh lumber wont be straight. I just happen to have a cement slab and cinder blocks I can use. I laid the cinder blocks with a 8 inch gap between them and made it 32 inches long. 2 1/2 cinder blocks in each of 6 rows.
The big deal here is, your lumber will be as flat as your drying area. The rule of thumb for air drying lumber is 1 year time for every inch of thickness. So you also need to choose a spot that can be occupied for at least a year, most likely longer. It will also need to be protected from the weather in your area.
Next Step, Getting it milled….