Tuesday, January 8, 2013

On Metal

I make this post with a bit of trepidation. I do enjoy to fabricate things........with metal. I know, I know, this blog is for a tree farm. My previous post have dealt with all things organic. Give me a hand saw and neglected saplings and I will prune with a light heart. In the spring I anxiously wait for the oak buds to break and my favorite trees to come to life. However, with wielding and fabricating the sense of permanence, exactness, and control is very unlike anything found out in the wild of the tree farm.

My metal work is something I am trying to improve. As Holly revealed in an earlier blog we have a new chainsaw mill that will be used to slab bench and table tops. These slabs need bases, and my wielding needs to be at a consistently higher standard. I once heard it said "that novice wielders live the law of five and twenty, wield for five minutes and grind them for twenty." Thus my motivation to wield more.

The photo shows a log cradle that I fabricated to hold large rounds that would otherwise roll of the wood splitter. The idea of a log cradle I can not take credit for. The one I have created is replacing an original that was not as durable as it should have been. It was built with flat pieces of metal. I have used square tubing for rigidness. I did use a flap wheel to grind down some of the wields, so don't give me more credit than is due. 


As a side note, I do try to save equipment maintenance and repair for winter. The shop is always nice and warm and trying to work in the field with the deep snow is tough.

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