Saturday, 23 March 2013

Oak and Cherry

I'm going to be building a floor vent cover out of oak for one of the hackerspace members. I'm also going to build an end grain chopping board out of cherry. This was more than enough reason to make my first trip to the lumber yard. So many variates. The most interesting find was a piece of fir with half a bullet embedded in it. There was only half because when the log was sent through the saw mill the blade sliced the bullet along with the tree!


The top board is Cherry and the bottom one is Red Oak. A step up from pine...

3 comments:

Gavin said...

Make sure you clean your tools after working with oak, the tannin in the wood will cause your tools to go rusty. I am envious of your selection of wood choices though!

Chris said...

Hey Gav, I did not know that. Do you have to use anything special to clean them?

Gavin said...

Good question, I'm not sure! I asked a carpenter friend fo mine and he said just clean the surface rust off with some fine wet & dry sandpaper and a bit of oil (something like 3-in-1 would do the trick)

All the tannin does is make them get a surface rust, I guess it must oxidise the surface.
The other thing you can get for generally keeping tools rust-free is oil-paper, which is just a sheet of paper soaked in oil that you put in your toolbox, I'm not fully sure how it works (whether the oil evaporates?!) but it keeps them from going rusty. Hopefully you'll be using them too foten for that to happen though! :)