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Cutting ironwood stump up for scales / handles

Discussion in 'Brock Cutlery' started by Mark Brock, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Mark Brock

    Mark Brock Professional Craftsman

    For those interested, I did a time lapse vid of me cutting up a 75 lb ironwood stump I found at a garage sale.
    That last Western Gyuto I posted the other day has scales from this stump. Overall a pretty amazing bunch of wood. :)

     
  2. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    Very cool! How long did it take you in real time?
    Also, what kind of respirator are you wearing? I’m in the market for one to wear when I mess with the scroll saw.
     
  3. Mark Brock

    Mark Brock Professional Craftsman

    I want to say that was about 90 minutes. My wife can't stand to watch this fast motion. Makes it look like I was carelessly cutting away. :) In reality the cutting was very very slow on that thick ironwood.
    Just about destroyed that $200 blade too. But I got a lot of other cutting use out of it. And the ironwood I got out of it is worth more than that. Below is another bit of it I am messing with in a spatula for my cast iron cooking. Much of the wood is just flawless as far as cracks or inclusions.

    That is the standard filter you can find at Lowes or Home Depot. 3M They make various cartridges for it. This is the simple dust filter one.

    Spatula1.jpg
     
  4. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    I was about to say that it had to have ruined the blade. Ironwood is around 3500 pound of force on the Janka test I believe. Oak would be in the 1500 area I think. I can tell a big difference from cutting Pine to cutting Oak. I’d need a new saw if I had to cut Ironwood!
     
  5. butch

    butch Professional Craftsman Founding Member

  6. Mark Brock

    Mark Brock Professional Craftsman

    I used to cut it with an old craftsman hobby bandsaw old school. It could take me 15 minutes to make a single cut through a 2 by 2 by 8 inch piece. Crazy slow.
    I paid up for this saw and blade and never looked back. It's amazing!
     
  7. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  8. butch

    butch Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    mark im totaly looking to upgrade to a larger resaw type band saw as over the years i have seen a need to cut more then 8 inch thick blocks (have a large wood lathe now ) and i found a saw that takes 10' blades that are the same as my metal cutting saw so i would be able to swap out blades and only have to stock one size but coudl have many TPI options
     
  9. Mark Brock

    Mark Brock Professional Craftsman

    You won't be sorry if you do much cutting Butch.
     

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