Today I took the day off from work so an electrician could do some work on our house. We are converting the wood burning fireplace to gas (the fireplace would have cost nearly 10k to make operational again) and he installed the electrical outlet for the blower. Hopefully we can get it all done before summer when the fog comes back (it’s not a real Mark Twain quote but the Summers here really are cold here).
While the electrician was doing his work, I restacked the drying eucalyptus slabs in a new location and checked their moisture. Most are at 15% but a couple (the bottom 2) are at 20%. I also noticed that some are showing some serious deformation. Hopefully these boards are not experiencing cellular collapse but I won’t know until it is time to mill.
Given how wet things are, I’m going to build a version of Peter Galbert’s kiln , using a light bulb for heat, to give the process a kick.
Once the electricians work was complete, I walked over to the hardware store to grab a can of spray shellac (I should have bought 2) and on the way back I stopped in the local junk shop. Hidden between two pieces of furniture was a group of rusted hand saws; most were “warranted superior” but there was a single pre-war Disston with wheat handle carving. The edge was straight a the plate was clean enough to barley make out an etch but could not see the model.
The guy wanted 10 bucks and I may not know much about saws, but I know enough the a pre-war with wheat carvings is probably a decent saw.
The blade got a scraping with a razor blade and some work with the rust eraser blocks and it looks like it’s in good shape. The picture does not show it well but it has retained some of its original polish. The handle was cleaned with artisanal turpentine which was followed by 220 and 320 and a coat of BLO.