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Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Colin Nelson, Dec 15, 2017.
Free wood is sometimes the best wood. What is ring shake? New one on me.
It's where there's a separation between the growth rings. Supposedly, it's found in Cottonwood. I'm not sure how common it is, but it would sure make a bowl fly apart.
Not only in cottonwood. In storm damaged timber that is the reason that a sawmill will not take it for lumber. Apparently the twisting of storm damage causes the ring shake at a high rate. They will use this timber for pulp but pay a much lower price.
I got a beautiful huge piece of flame box elder at SWAT last year and was told that the tree blew down in a storm. It has been sitting in my garage for the last several months and just recently started coming apart due to ring shake. So much for my plans to turn a large bowl. I need to come up with some small projects.
Colin, your original question. I use one like brick on the first page and I use the classic crosscut stand. just take a couple junk 2x8 or 2x6's make a cross. Make two of those and attach them with stretchers below the x's then I lay a couple 2 by material boards in the vee for sacrificial boards.
I have just finished cutting up a load of logs where they are too heavy I support them between two others and cut through to within 1" this helps keep the log in the same place while cutting the next cut. Then either cut the last bit through or just split that last 1". Where i can lift the log it goes onto a chainsaw horse which folds flat when not needed.