This week I made a bunch of progress on the bandsaw mill. I was able to get most of the blade guarding complete and I was also able to get most of the log handling installed.
I recently had an opportunity to salvage some lumber from a house that had been built here in St. Louis in 1882 (which means the wood is…potentially upwards of 200 years old?!). The roof had collapsed into the basement, taking most of the internal structure with it, so the owner had the house demo’d. Before the demo guy got started – like, by literally 2 hours – I grabbed everything I could get to (mostly 2x8s) that wasn’t entirely rotten or super dangerous to try and reclaim. I got just enough to build a 6’x3′, 36″ tall dining table. It’s nothing fancy, but anybody that’s ever dealt with reclaimed wood can vouch for the challenge of getting things square(ish), flat(ish), good mortise/tenon fits, etc. without removing the wood’s character.
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