Milling reclaimed wood

My project to build a shave horse and low bench started with this pile of reclaimed long leaf pine and oak.  01a137684f9a40a94257ca3998418b3866c33e2e40

Once we got it home, we spent some time with a rare earth magnet looking for any nails or such in the wood.

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This nail was approximately 3″ long.  At the time I was very happy to have pulled it out in one piece.  Overall I found quite a few items that could have damaged my saw.

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With the help of my son and his friend, we milled the oak down to 2 1/2″ square for future legs.

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We also trimmed down the pine to length and removed any pieces that had cracked or rotted out in it’s previous life.

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Over the last year, I’ve been primarily using an axe and knives for green wood work.  After an afternoon with power tools, I’m a bit conflicted.  The amount of work accomplished was what I hoped to accomplish in the time I had, yet most of the enjoyment I got out of the tasks came when I was simply using a chisel and pry bar to remove the nails.  I certainly wasn’t conflicted about the new layer of dust covering everything in the garage.  I definitely prefer the pile of wood shavings from my hand plane or spoke shave to the clean up from the power tools.

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