True Wood Good’s Erin and Jason True, semi-finalist for a Super Bowl ad sponsored by Intuit, say it would have been a game-changer for the Chicago reclaimed furniture firm if they’d won. Readers agreed.
These days, reclaimed wood is in huge demand. The cost factor is very unstable but a lot of people are looking for that old look, whether it be on a desk, table, stool. Being able to get your company on the Super Bowl commercial would have been great for True Wood Good and the advertisement of reclaimed wood projects. The world needs more people like your company, recycling fine pieces of lumber. - Brad Harris, Mesick, MI
Did anyone notice all that dust floating around? – Joe Cleary, Univ. of Hawaii
It’s a lot less dusty since we got a new dust collection system hooked up to all of our new equipment through a State of Illinois grant. Quite a project! - Erin
Some wood is just not going to dry straight, Scott Wunder blogs, recalling his start in cutting his own lumber. “Certain species always dry wonky: Flatsawn sycamore, elm, cottonwood and sweetgum,” which twisted under pressure.
What type of mill do you use and how long have you been in the business... How did you get started? I have always been interested in milling logs into lumber but have not made a plunge. – Todd Hall, Grand Prairie, TX
Currently I use a Timberking bandsaw mill (for logs up to 30”) and a Lucas mill with the chainsaw slabber for the big ones. I started 20 years ago with an Alaskan chainsaw mill and have owned a couple other mills in between. I long for a Hurdle automatic circle mill to dice up the lower-grade logs as fast as humanly possible. As far as I can tell, there will always be another mill I want. I say start out small. If you like it, can handle it physically, can find enough logs and love doing it, you can always buy a bigger mill. It is just cool to cut open a log, no matter how you do it. - Scott Wunder
Walnut, Olive, African Blackwood? At Facebook.com/woodworkingnetwork speculation about a 2014 Audi 4S wood dashboard species ran the gamut, and we haven’t heard back from the German automaker at press time.
Looks like olive wood says Tarik Yousef, while Joe Knobbe bets on birch. Paulo Abreu suggests German Beech, while Certainly Wood Inc. says it could be “walnut stump.” Audi says black wood. Is that “African Blackwood?” Your guess?