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    A Bit of Turning Wood

    One of the neighbors came by yesterday to give me the heads-up that the local firewood lot (about a mile away) was apparently going out of business. The gate was open and they had a "Free Wood" sign out front.

    The piles had been pretty picked over by the time I got there...most of what was left was the bigger pieces. All the better for me. I loaded up a couple big pieces of what I think is oak, and filled the rest of the space with some large chunks of jacaranda. Since it was dark when I got home, I waited until today to unload it.

    Especially with a few hundred pounds on the liftgate, the ol' Ranger was a bit hunched down this afternoon when I went out to unload it...

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    The two big pieces standing on end are the suspected oak, and the rest is jacaranda...

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    The smaller chunk on the liftgate is a jacaranda crotch...

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    What looks like two smaller logs behind that piece is actually the creased face of another large jacaranda log. It should make an interesting natural edge piece...

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    Both of the oak chunks are pretty checked on the ends that were exposed to air. The logs are big enough that I suspect I can still find plenty of turnable wood inside. I'll know more when I get into them, but at the very worst, the neighbors will have a bit of good oak firewood.

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    Ran out of daylight today before I could get any of it cut up, but I'll probably start making blanks tomorrow. I think I did all right for the price.
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    Nice haul!! Did you load those by yourself?

    Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by randy street View Post
    Nice haul!! Did you load those by yourself?

    Randy
    That's the beauty of the liftgate. I can't lift all the pieces, but I can roll 'em and stand 'em on end. The Tommy Gate does the hard work.
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    Nice little load!!!
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    Nice haul.
    But may I add you need a bigger truck
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Congrats on a nice haul Vaughn.
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    Nice haul Vaughn. What will you need to do to prepare them for turning?
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    ...But may I add you need a bigger truck
    Or I need to at least remove the toolbox so I can get some of the weight in front of the rear axle. It was pretty light in the front end driving it home. The handling was a bit sketchy. I was glad it was only a short distance on residential streets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    ...What will you need to do to prepare them for turning?
    I'll cut them up with a chainsaw into manageable turning blank sizes, then seal any cut surfaces with Anchor Seal. After that I get to move the blanks to the back yard and try to figure out where I'm gonna store them with the rest of the turning stock back there. I've still got wood from as long as three years ago back there that's waiting to be turned. (And it's getting harder and dryer by the day.)
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    You have some hefty chunks there. Nice catch.
    That Tommy lift gate sure looks handy.
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    Very nice score Vaughn! That's my favorite kinda wood. Maybe some spalting action there too?

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