I'm not a woodworker, but sometimes I make stuff out of wood. More than once I've had well-aged wood change shape after the project is complete. Most recently, it was a Mule, where I made the scales fit the blade VERY closely. Over the space of a week or two, the scales shrank. It's been several months, and I just measured it as I sit here. In the greatest dimension, shrinkage is 0.004". Most people wouldn't notice it. I think what happens is in the original chunk of wood, there are internal stresses. When you cut away some of the fibers, the stresses are no longer equalized, and distortion results. The next time I work on a project like this, I'll get the dimensions into the ballpark, then let the parts sit for a week or two. Anyway, that's my hypothesis. Could be right, could be way off base.
Halfbore wrote: ↑Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:33 amI’ve been trying to do more reading about tamarack as I’m almost positive that’s what it is. It seems that it’s a great wood for use in wet conditions. I know as I was cutting it it has an almost waxy texture to it. I think the only thing to do is try it.
Perhaps one of my next days off I’ll try to cut a couple pieces and get a better idea of the grain.
I think it is safe to say it has sentimental value. It was taken from a building where his family lived when they first settled the property, in 1870. I think that it would give a great story for that blade, regardless of it's visual appeal.Train wrote: ↑Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:52 amI wouldn't do it if I were you. Unless it has a great sentimental value. Then it's up to you really.
Otherwise it has no decorative qualities worth mentioning and it does not matter how dry or hard it looks as a beam it will not be that hard or dry as knife scales. Unless you stabilize it as advised - mostly to make it harder and keep moisture away. But then it is probably not worth it since again it has zero decorative value. Basically any hardwood or traditional scale synthetic material will be better.
My above link is Australian $$s so would make Euro attractive even though you will have 20% VAT
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