Forks all over.. here we go again!

Discussion in 'New project ideas' started by BeMahoney, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Ash, Oak, Maple..

    Not even the corners of my eyes are safe..
    Riding my bike to a building site nearby, my brain found matching forms
    an made me ride home to pick the folding japanese saw..
    The branches laid there by the road, 8 min, 8 forks...

    My questions:

    Would you dip the cuts in hot wax to prevent drying cracks?

    Would you remove the bark/rind (I planned not to)

    Any suggestions for the drying process?- We have a heating (wood) oven
    in our living room (with a baking oven built in..);- should be good to just
    place the forks near it (cool on the floor, where there´s a stream of
    air towards the oven / on top where its really warm/hot or in front,
    where there´s pretty strong infrared radiation?)

    I´ll be thankful for any tips or suggestion,

    Greetings,

    Be
     

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  2. Achso_42

    Achso_42 Senior Member

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    In Keller/Garage 2 Monate liegenlassen geht auch.
     

  3. rock slinger

    rock slinger I rarely shoot rocks!

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    All I have evere done is save off the bark and let it go for a month. Never had any. Serious cracks. But there are some larg forks there
     
  4. Ghosth

    Ghosth Over the hill but still swinging!

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    For Oak, ash, harder woods yes I would seal the ends then let them fully cure and dry for a year.

    Especially when dealing with just a fork, you can get stress cracks from drying out too quickly.
     
  5. LW

    LW New Member

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    I have three yew forks left. I have cut the bark away and provided the ends with wax. Then put them into a box for half a year or more and put this box near a warm place.
    I have done this with 8 forks since now and none of the forks has a crack ...

    A small advice, next time cut the pieces a little longer. If you should have a crack at the end after drying, you can simply cut the part with the crack.
     
  6. Brazilviking

    Brazilviking Thread Hijacker

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    some people use salt. others microwave...I like the closed car on the sun method..........my working places have no cover for the car.:(
     
  7. Alukuchen

    Alukuchen Senior Member

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    Ich wollte mir welche im heizungskeller trockenen und die sind alle gerissen... Vieleicht doch mit wachs versiegeln. :)
     
  8. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    i'd seal the ends and lay the forks a) in salt/rice b) near a warm place. Have fun with them!!
     
  9. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Thanks to all of you!

    Sounds like waxing could pay off..
    Even more because I tried to be smart
    and cut some of them so short..
    what about wrapping around some
    aluminum foil and some kitchen rubber?

    .. just thinking..

    Greetings,

    Be
     
  10. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    i think that they would stay too moist, because the moisture can't escape. much like when you tie a plastic bag around a tree branch
     
  11. Cubanizm

    Cubanizm Junior Member

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    I dip my ends in wax while they dry...
     
  12. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    Be, wax the ends bacause of shortness, keep the bark on. You want the moisture to escape osmotically, not through capilaries. I've heared of old timers twisting bailing wire around the ends but never tried it.
     
  13. Arturo Borquez

    Arturo Borquez Administrator

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    no experience here Be ... but nice bunch of forks ! I am jealous I have only cactus here LOL !
    Cheers
    Arturo
     
  14. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    wax

    now its done!-

    waxed, not polished!..

    pretty exciting job, with an old alcohol burner,
    two bouncing kids..
    a leaking pot with (luckily just some) wax and:
    fire, of course!

    We made a candle with the rest of the wax..

    Greetings,

    Be
     
  15. Moin moin,
    man könnte sie das nächste mal auch länger abschneiden .... z.B. am nächsten Astansatz, als Risssperre.

    Meistens geht der Riss nicht ganz durch, sondern
    "nur" ein paar cm an der Schnittkante. Deswegen, lasse ich sie gerne länger, dann kann man die Rohlinge auch im Schraubstock einspannen, und kürze sie dann...
     
  16. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    Lohnt es sich laenger abzuschneiden und dann noch in Wax zu dippen?
     
  17. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Working on wood

    Hi everyone,

    Drying the forks may take a few weeks..
    Thanks for all your comments!- I feel pretty safe for
    those forks to dry without cracks (hopefully!).
    As i mentioned, I tried to ease later work on those
    forks by not having to cut off too much material.. (We´ll see..!)
    I personally believe that cracks will appear if the that wood
    is fully exsiccated (all of its water is removed) artificially.
    Firewood will naturally dry to 15% to 17% of relative wood moisture
    (in the second year). Really "dry" (ready for the oven) wood can be
    recognized by appearance of little cracks..(therefor I chose to wax them)

    Those bigger branches I "harvested" of were cut at least some weeks ago
    (although the water inside that wood boiled instantly in that wax and
    made little bubbles like champagne..).

    With that bandsaw its pretty easy to remove most of the wood not needed.
    Hopefully I will be able to do most of the shaping that way..

    The benchvice is also pretty useful while rasping if used like on that pic below:
    Those protection shoes made from spruce/fir tree are pretty soft..
    mostly I hold the fork in my left hand and push it at that edge made up by the
    rear shoe (clamped in higher than the other), then rasping right handed.
    (that piece of oak as an example)
    Later while sanding, I take the hose from the sucction of that disc sander, fix it
    to the benchvice and let the dust be removed by the airstream towards
    the muzzle of the hose, which reduces that itching in my nose..

    But that´s gonna be in a few weeks..


    Greetings,

    Be.
     

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  18. Ghosth

    Ghosth Over the hill but still swinging!

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    When it comes to aging wood patience is a virtue! Set them aside and forget about them for now.

    BV car in sun is smart, I use our spare car to dry our own mint the same way. Makes a great dehydrator in summer when dry and days get over 80F
     
  19. Tysonspapa

    Tysonspapa New Member

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    schneid die nächstes mal einfach länger, und dann das gerissene ab. funktioniert am besten, und man hat am wenigsten arbeit/ärger.