This is a short length of cedar, part of a deadfall tree that had fallen in the woods many years ago. I have had my eye on it and recently made a short road to it and was able to drag this piece up to my mill. It is 4.5 feet long and about 30 inches in diameter. The center had rotted but the rest of the wood was good. This is the ideal situation when looking for cedar to make cedar shakes but because this piece of wood wasn’t clear of knots it was better suited for lumber. This was my ‘test’ piece to see how the lumber would turn out. Three of the pieces came out 1½” thick x 23″ wide x 52″ long – all of them live edge so it will make beautiful tables or benches.
The remainder of the 14 pieces ranged from 4″ to 13″ wide- all good material.
I have wanted to build a chair for quite a while now as it would be a new challenge for me. Last week I got busy on it. To make it more interesting all the measurements were in metric, something I don’t use in woodworking. Metric turned out to be okay and I can see using it more in the future as it is certainly easier than dealing with fractions. The wood came from my mill – an old dead fall cedar to match the table I made a couple of years ago. I’ll put the chair through a test run and if it holds up I’ll make another three which should be easier now that I know what I’m doing.
Standing in one spot and rotating 180 degrees. Little snow in the backyard and 4 inches in the frontyard. Temperatures above freezing now so hopefully it is all going away.
Just a dusting of snow last night but cold enough to make ice jewels