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Ever wonder why log furniture costs so much?

I always thought log furniture seemed expensive. So, I set off to build some for the cabin. Now I know why it costs as much as it does. You don’t just go buy some two by material from Home Depot. I had to harvest the logs, get them home and peel them. Here is one pile of bark shavings. I don’t know how many hours I have into this so far and I don’t really want to know. Mind you, I’ve done all of this work just to get these to the drying stage…. I haven’t even built any furniture yet!

More bark shavings…

Here are about half the logs drying…

Here are the rest of the logs peeled. I don’t know how long they will need to dry, but I am guessing about a year. I doubt I will be patient enough to wait that long.

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New Table Done

New table

Can you spot the log table in this picture? It needs a little bit of work.

New hobby alert!

I've wanted to make some log furniture for a long time. I finally got the draw knife out and made some shavings. It isn't pretty, but it should work as an end table at the cabin. If I had to do it over again, I would find a better log for the top, use larger logs for the legs and feet and make all of the tenons on my lathe instead of with the hatchet and draw knife. You have to start somewhere!

Hatchet Revitalization

I bought this Plumb brand hatchet at a flea market a couple years ago. I've always wanted to carve a new handle for it and fix it up. I finally ordered a new handle and will get started on revitalizing the head. I need to soak it in vinegar and the rust will wipe off. I will then sand it, polish it, sharpen it and put the new handle on it.

Shop air filtrations device

It may not be pretty, but here is my air filtration device I built. This is basically a box with a furnace blower inside of it with furnace filters on the opposite side. This blows the dust away from me as I am working and the filters clean the air as it cycles througout the shop. I am very happy to have this addition to my shop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the furnace filter side; I've used two filters. I have a blue $.99 one as a pre filter to catch the larger particles and a better 3M filter after that to catch the smaller stuff. This isn't perfect as many professional models capture particles down to 5 micron, but his will improve my enviroment greatly.

Egg Carton/Wood Shavings Fire Starters

What to do with all of the shavings from wood turning? Aside from burning, putting in the compost pile or the garden I decided to make some fire starters. You stuff a cardboard egg carton bottom with sawdust or shavings, melt some old candles and pour them in. WARNING... put foil or wax paper under the egg carton first as the liquid wax tends to seep through the egg carton. When all is dry, cut them up into 12 pieces (or how many eggs your carton holds) and you have a successful fire starter. They work pretty well.