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A Chainsaw For The Blacksmith Shop??????

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Oh yea.    3 inches thick, up to 36 inches wide.  Douglas Fir from my front yard, on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  Finished sawing last week now stacked and stickered in the barn to dry.  Anchor End Seal on the slab ends to prevent checking.

Bench tops for the blacksmith shop.  And a few other uses.



Started with a bunch of logs from trees I dropped.  They were too close to the house and parking shed, leery of one falling in a windstorm.


The Stihl 090AV.   Bad Boy saw.


55 year old McCulloch Gear Reduction saw, did a good job also.











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Existing benches in the  Machine shop are a mix of wood tops and metal.     Metal for the hard duty and the welding bench.    Wood for the easier jobs.  Some are covered with heavy felt for those delicate machined items that must not be scratched.

I am building a well ventilated shop behind the existing shop for all the blacksmithing stuff.    Will have a couple of metal toped benches plus two or three benches with the fir slabs for tops.  Sanded and sealed of course.  Forge will be on an open side to maximize air flow for creature comfort.


Some of the slabs are destined for outdoor furniture, and with your suggestion of forged legs.

The two best grained slabs will be for a dining room table, 10 feet long by about 5 feet wide.   Sawed and planed edges to be joined, other edges will be left "live".  All this after a year or two for curing.


Wish I was in your area for the good wood curing weather!!    

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Will you be doing butterfly joints with contrasting wood(s) for your table? (Could do etched real wrought iron butterflies...) Forged chairs?

My workbench tops tend to be dimensional lumber, cheap and easy to replace. (Though the clean shop does have one commercial hardrock maple benchtop I picked up at a factory clean out sale.)  In the dirty shop I have a slab of soapstone I use on top of the bench for hot items and/or a propane forge. (ex old school  lab benchtop) I also have an ex-school welding table; but it's out in the yard near the kitchen window where I run the welder cord in through to the old stove plug when I need to weld...

Actually we have terrible wood curing weather---try to keep it from cracking when it's 100+ degreesF and 7% relative humidity.  (I had to reseat all of my wood handled tools when I moved out there from NM.  Now when I buy handles I let them sit in a shop for a year before using them and do the BLO soak after they are fitted. The plus side is that I tend to buy multiples when I find handles cheap and so always have handles I can use!)

(Don't you need at least 3 chainsaws to be able to juggle them?)

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Nice milling work. I've run a few feet with my stihl and alaskan mill over the years. 

My good friend and I a few years did a similar milling job. We milled Two blue spruce planted by his grand parents that came down,,, just missing house and garage. They are sticker'd and drying. He wants to make special gifts to all their children, grand children, and great grand kids when the wood is ready. A great project to have a small part in.  

I'm getting ready to mill the siding for my new shop. Hopefully next month, depending on the weather gods.

Ripping a 150 yr old barn timber in half


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