Sunday, January 15, 2017

we continue

Yesterday I stacked several hundred square feet of 3/8 in. thick cherry that a friend gave me for use at school. It is freshly cut but should dry quickly. The rule of thumb is to dry wood at least one year per inch, so in about 4 months it can be re-stacked and used to make who knows what.

What can one make from such thin wood? I have no idea yet. Boxes, perhaps? It will plane smooth on both sides at 1/4 in. if I can keep it drying flat. Wide thin boards tend to curl and cup.

The box above is one I just finished as a wedding gift.

I have been having regular visits from feral hogs, caught on camera but not in the trap. The boar shown in the photo above, taken last night, is about 32 inches high and would weigh about 250 lbs. I can tell the height by counting the squares in the fence each of which are 4 in. These creatures are incredibly destructive and reproduce at a frantic pace.

This is an unpleasant process and at this point we've trapped and killed 35. We will likely be forced to continue to trap hogs for years to come or allow them to overrun our home and destroy our forest.

Make, fix, create, and increase the likelihood that others learn likewise.


  1. Doug,

    Beautiful box! I'm about to begin making a table for our church, and strangely enough this box inspires one detail of the table in the way the two trays fit in the box. Film, as they say, at 11:00, even if these days it's digital and not real film.


  2. PS Good luck in the ongoing battle with the feral hogs. Can we describe most politicians as feral hogs? It seems appropriate somehow.