Am I crazy for wanting to do this?

shortys7777

Feeling the Heat
Nov 15, 2017
286
Smithfield, RI
I just stumbled on this video from a post I saw on reddit. I've been thinking of messing around with some wood working but never wanted to buy lumber. I have dead ash, cherry and maple I could do this with. I also may be getting a jointer soon. Tempted to find an electric saw on Facebook or Craigslist and try. If it doesn't work it won't set me back to much.
 

DodgyNomad

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
599
West Michigan
Could be built cheap, doesn't take up a ton of room, and if you can find projects for the lumber, I'd say go for it. I'll be watching to see how it turns out, keep us posted please.

I have a 25 year old electric Mac eager beaver that was American made, and is very, very well built for what it is. It never gets used, and it would be ideal for something like this.
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,633
Northern NH
My brother has been using a conventional Alaskan mill for many years. The kerf is quite wide so there is a lot of waste. If the wood is free maybe its not an issue but with his mill he is effectively throwing away ever third 1" board as waste.

Wood "cookies" are great when green but its an art to get them to dry without splitting a you are going against the grain. I think the trick that bowl turners do is soak them with polyethylene glycol to displace the water in the wood.
 
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Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,295
Northern Maine
My brother has been using a conventional Alaskan mill for many years. The kerf is quite wide so there is a lot of waste. If the wood is free maybe its not an issue but with his mill he is effectively throwing away ever third 1" board as waste.

Wood "cookies" are great when green but its an art to get them to dry without splitting a you are going against the grain. I think the trick that bowl turners do is soak them with polyethylene glycol to displace the water in the wood.
Wood cookies make a great interior wall decor but the shrinkage is a lot more than I would have expected. A local pub did it and everyone commented positive on it.
 

shortys7777

Feeling the Heat
Nov 15, 2017
286
Smithfield, RI
I've thought about the cracking as it dries. Not trying to make money on projects just something to mess around in my workshop with at night. Maybe use the pieces that crack as a live edge floating shelf and what not.