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Ken Hume
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Post Book matched Douglas Fir heart planks
on: September 5, 2023, 09:58
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Nov 7, 2018

After cutting a Douglas Fir 9ft butt log "thru and thru" it was decided that it would be a shame to reduce this pair of matched heart boards any further simply for use in making weather boards for the cruck barn and so these were put in stick awaiting a better use - (ideas / offers ?)

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Aug 6, 2023

In summer 2023 The Oxfordshire Woodland Group decided to embark on making a set of Shaker meeting house furniture items including matching long benches and a high backed bench seat.

Persons interested in participating should contact the Trustees. Bodgers and pole lathe turners are particularly welcome.

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Sep 5, 2023

The Oxfordshire Woodland Group selected 4 off x 1.5" thick top quality Douglas fir planks that were converted and put in stick in Nov 2018 for Cora Firth to make the Shaker benches and a high back seat.

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These Douglas fir planks were sawn thru & thru from the same virtually knot free log in a manner that is typically found in original Shaker furniture.

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Seat surfaces should ideally have minimal knots as these will tend to exude sticky resin.

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Post Re: Book matched Douglas Fir heart planks
on: February 20, 2024, 07:34
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Feb 7, 2024

The DF planks are now in Cora Firth's furniture workshop where they have been put through a thicknesser / planner. This collectively removed 3mm of wood from the top and underside faces.

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This process has resulted in a higher contrast between knots and wood with the knotty mirror side now being relegated to be used as the underside of the benches.

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