Bold Tek

First time black birch

Discussion in 'The Sawyer Room' started by Boomstick, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. Boomstick

    Boomstick

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2016
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    2,908
    Location:
    Saratoga county ny
    Took down a big dead beech and this birch was a casualty. I think it's one of the heaviest woods I've handled.

    It has a nice color to it, smelled amazing.

    The pale stuff is some sugar I had.

    Didn't know what to do with any of it, so I just riftsawn it all. 16ft and the maple is about 15ft.
    Havta go back and seal the ends. IMG_20160816_163439171.jpg IMG_20160816_163312886_HDR.jpg IMG_20160816_154502404.jpg

    I let the trailer sit for the night before moving it Into the shed the next day and the tires were buried in the ground!
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2016
  2. mike bayerl

    mike bayerl

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2014
    Messages:
    2,174
    Likes Received:
    9,736
    Location:
    Central PA
    Nice. Doesn't look like many knots in birch. That can be a problem sometimes. Black birch makes excellent lumber, pretty similar to sugar maple but even heavier and harder. It works very well in the shop and finishes beautifully. I built a table out of some lumber from my woods.
     
  3. Eric VW

    Eric VW

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2015
    Messages:
    12,985
    Likes Received:
    53,952
    Location:
    Wytheville
    It hats great looking stuff right there Boomstick.:thumbs:
    Guess I missed your thread or pics of your mill- I like it ahlawt :)
     
    Shawn Curry likes this.
  4. Boomstick

    Boomstick

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2016
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    2,908
    Location:
    Saratoga county ny
    Its all fairly clear, just had some sweep.
    There is a bunch in the woods thats all deeper woods growth probably spent its entire life in the pole stage!
    never messed with with until now.

    Makes me think twice about tapping all of them.
     
    Scotty Overkill and Eric VW like this.
  5. Boomstick

    Boomstick

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2016
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    2,908
    Location:
    Saratoga county ny
    Just a redneck build, a welder and mail order magazine...and a used harbor freight motor!:rofl: :lol:
    I don't have a thread on it, I should start a thread on how I started milling 3+ years ago with a homemade Alaskan and a ms290 25+inch " old growth"oak in a swamp:D
    That inspired the arch and a real mill lol.
     
    Scotty Overkill and Eric VW like this.
  6. Scotty Overkill

    Scotty Overkill Administrator

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2013
    Messages:
    6,142
    Likes Received:
    31,094
    Location:
    Central PA
    I absolutely LOVE the smell of black birch.....nothing like that wintergreen scent!

    Looks like some nice lumber, I'd be interested in seeing your mill as well....
     
    Shawn Curry likes this.
  7. Boomstick

    Boomstick

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2016
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    2,908
    Location:
    Saratoga county ny
    Yes! It smells great, breaking a twig or rubbing the leaves is one thing but cutting it is amazing.
    Reading up about the wood, they use to use it for the wintergreen, essential oil and flavoring etc.
     
    Shawn Curry and Scotty Overkill like this.
  8. Boomstick

    Boomstick

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2016
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    2,908
    Location:
    Saratoga county ny
    Almost a year later and the wood is ready.
    Screenshot_20170614-094608.png
    Wood was 11-14% about a month ago so the Mrs and I made a table for the kitchen. White ash (4x4 legs)for the bottom and black birch(aka cherry birch) with a few sugar maple pieces for the top mixed in.
    Top is almost 3 inches thick 3 feet x 5feet. It's hefty! Screenshot_20170614-093259.png Screenshot_20170614-093249.png Screenshot_20170614-093321.png Screenshot_20170614-093309.png Screenshot_20170614-094608.png
     
  9. schlot

    schlot

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2013
    Messages:
    4,278
    Likes Received:
    22,178
    Location:
    NW Iowa
    Wow!
     
    Boomstick likes this.
  10. HDRock

    HDRock

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2013
    Messages:
    13,877
    Likes Received:
    42,231
    Location:
    Grand Blanc, MI,
    Nice job , looks good :thumbs:
     
    Boomstick likes this.
  11. FatBoy85

    FatBoy85

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2017
    Messages:
    2,444
    Likes Received:
    7,154
    Location:
    Lakewood Washington
    Oh that's some wonderful looking butcher block table there sir! Wow! Heavy set wood like that will turn that into an heirloom. Great for passing down. :thumbs:
     
    Boomstick likes this.
  12. mike bayerl

    mike bayerl

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2014
    Messages:
    2,174
    Likes Received:
    9,736
    Location:
    Central PA
    WOW! You are a masochist! Birch is very fussy about grain direction for hand planing. If you go with the grain, it rewards you with beautiful depth of chatoyance. Against the grain, it rips and tears out like crazy.
    BTW, GREAT table!
     
    tamarack and Boomstick like this.
  13. tamarack

    tamarack

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2015
    Messages:
    428
    Likes Received:
    1,505
    Location:
    paulina oregon
    Your the man!! I love that table.
     
    Boomstick likes this.
  14. Boomstick

    Boomstick

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2016
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    2,908
    Location:
    Saratoga county ny
    Thanks!
    It was a pain, that's why the sander was in the pic...making sure I can get out the small tear out:rofl: :lol:
     
    MikeyB and Shawn Curry like this.
  15. MikeyB

    MikeyB

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2017
    Messages:
    157
    Likes Received:
    693
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Great job my man, awesome work....