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Offline Richard/RMW

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« on: May 08, 2016, 03:22 PM »
& burls too. A not-too-subtle ad for Clayton at Little Mule (I'll come back to that photo in a moment):



Story is I went to visit a friend I have not seen in far too long at his new place outside State College (PA) in Amish country. He has a 1700's limestone farm house with a new timber framed barn on several acres. We spend 3 days talking wood and tools, smoking meat & cigars, and he introduced me to his new slab source. A couple strays followed me home.



All are 2+" thick, cost between $40-$75 bucks each. The maple slab is the sister to the one in the first photo, cannot wait to bring out that grain!

The others are all walnut, lots of figure in them too:







Couple chunks of burl to round out the haul.



Looking forward to making some coffee/end tables this spring in the newly configured shop.

RMW

Oh, and Clayton himself was the coolest part of the visit, 30-ish and genuinely passionate about his work. He has literally hundreds of larger slabs, lots of them around 40"/120"/3-5", white oak, maple, walnut, sycamore & others. His dad has a CNC and can surface them for very cheap ($65/hour). I won't quote prices but I can say they are much less than anything I have ever seen.

Clayton had never laid eyes on me before, but he remembered Lee from one previous visit (no purchase) in December. When I asked if he took credit cards he said "No, but I can write you an invoice and you can mail me a check". Priceless.



 
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2016, 03:42 PM »
Someone asked for Clayton's contact info:

Clayton Braucht
Braucht's Lumber
Millhiem PA
claytonbraucht@verizon.net
814-574-5666

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2016, 05:49 PM »
Ok so we're taking a trip to penn state to buy slabs, fat sandwiches and watch a football game?

My wife wants to come she's a nittany lion.

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2016, 07:48 PM »
Richard, those are some mighty fine looking slabs.  Now I just need to find a hockey tournament or some other reason to head to State College.
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2016, 10:23 AM »
I am actually planning a trip to State College in July. I may need to take a few hundred bucks...That is really cheap
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2016, 05:38 PM »
I just started a thread about possibly coordinating a trip out there with people from the Tri-State area:

http://festoolownersgroup.com/member-connections/anyone-in-the-tri-state-area-interested-in-a-slab-run/
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2016, 11:06 PM »
Those are $40-75? I'm living in the wrong area.
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2016, 09:16 PM »
Those are $40-75? I'm living in the wrong area.

Yup. Here's a $40 one I worked on today (gave it a shot of alcohol to see what the figure looked like after flattening:





Truth be told, I'm living in the wrong area too, i.e. South Jurzy.

State College is 4+ hours from me, nearby are lots of Amish farms and businesses. We visited an Amish sawmill that specializes in Hemlock and pine. My friend is planning a 12' by 16' timber-framed pavilion to house the latest version of a pizza oven, I hope to help with the pavilion-raising mid-June. We priced rough-sawn Hemlock for the project, largest beam being 6" by 12" by 16', for enough timber to build the entire thing... $670-something including tax. He was expecting to pay a couple grand.

None of this is available in southern NJ, but if it were that wouldn't be a $40 chunk of Walnut.

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2016, 10:08 PM »
Do You're Using The 80/20 EXTRUSIONS For The Router Sled setup? Mind sharing a closer pick of assembly? I was thinking about something along those lines so I don't have to build a whole frame everyone I plane a slab.
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2016, 06:02 PM »
Do You're Using The 80/20 EXTRUSIONS For The Router Sled setup? Mind sharing a closer pick of assembly? I was thinking about something along those lines so I don't have to build a whole frame everyone I plane a slab.

@Edward A Reno III -

For the guides I just used 2 short chunks of 1530 with a 4' section of 1515, all attached to the SYS/MFT cart using t-nuts/button head cap screws/access holes. 

The sled is made of 2 more pieces of 1515 with a piece of 3/4 ply rabbeted to fit the slots (8mm) and a couple pieces of 1/4" AL flat bar at each end.







If these photos aren't clear enough I can take some more detailed shots, just let me know.

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2016, 06:15 PM »
Thanks @Richard/RMW  That seems straightforward enough.  What do you do to anchor the actual slab, given that it's only supported by those two extrusions?  And what about the first pass over the slab, particularly one with a slight twist in it?  Do you just shim the slab where it sits on the extrusion?

BTW, made contact with Clayton today, and am planning my trip out there near the end of next week (have already had two people express interest in pooling resources for the trip -- more always welcome: (http://festoolownersgroup.com/member-connections/anyone-in-the-tri-state-area-interested-in-a-slab-run/).  Thanks again for the info on him -- seems like a great guy over the phone.   
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2016, 06:30 PM »
Thanks @Richard/RMW  That seems straightforward enough.  What do you do to anchor the actual slab, given that it's only supported by those two extrusions?  And what about the first pass over the slab, particularly one with a slight twist in it?  Do you just shim the slab where it sits on the extrusion?

BTW, made contact with Clayton today, and am planning my trip out there near the end of next week (have already had two people express interest in pooling resources for the trip -- more always welcome: (http://festoolownersgroup.com/member-connections/anyone-in-the-tri-state-area-interested-in-a-slab-run/).  Thanks again for the info on him -- seems like a great guy over the phone.

Clayton is a great guy, glad to see he picked up some more business.

I used the complex, patented & super-secret "Gravity" clamp to hold the slab.  [big grin]

The extrusions under it were just to raise it up a bit, this particular slab had zero twist to it and did not want to walk around on me so I didn't bother clamping. If the next one needs shims or clamping I will probably use the spacer extrusions again but fasten them to the worktop somehow, then use some blocks of wood fastened to the spacers to trap the slab.

Enjoy the trip out to the country.

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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2016, 06:54 PM »
Yeah, Gravity is awesome.  That's a pretty wide slot you've got in the router sled -- what diameter bit you using on the 1400?

Thanks @Richard/RMW  That seems straightforward enough.  What do you do to anchor the actual slab, given that it's only supported by those two extrusions?  And what about the first pass over the slab, particularly one with a slight twist in it?  Do you just shim the slab where it sits on the extrusion?

BTW, made contact with Clayton today, and am planning my trip out there near the end of next week (have already had two people express interest in pooling resources for the trip -- more always welcome: (http://festoolownersgroup.com/member-connections/anyone-in-the-tri-state-area-interested-in-a-slab-run/).  Thanks again for the info on him -- seems like a great guy over the phone.

Clayton is a great guy, glad to see he picked up some more business.

I used the complex, patented & super-secret "Gravity" clamp to hold the slab.  [big grin]

The extrusions under it were just to raise it up a bit, this particular slab had zero twist to it and did not want to walk around on me so I didn't bother clamping. If the next one needs shims or clamping I will probably use the spacer extrusions again but fasten them to the worktop somehow, then use some blocks of wood fastened to the spacers to trap the slab.

Enjoy the trip out to the country.

RMW
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2016, 06:15 AM »
1-1/2" surface planing.


Yeah, Gravity is awesome.  That's a pretty wide slot you've got in the router sled -- what diameter bit you using on the 1400?

Thanks @Richard/RMW  That seems straightforward enough.  What do you do to anchor the actual slab, given that it's only supported by those two extrusions?  And what about the first pass over the slab, particularly one with a slight twist in it?  Do you just shim the slab where it sits on the extrusion?

BTW, made contact with Clayton today, and am planning my trip out there near the end of next week (have already had two people express interest in pooling resources for the trip -- more always welcome: (http://festoolownersgroup.com/member-connections/anyone-in-the-tri-state-area-interested-in-a-slab-run/).  Thanks again for the info on him -- seems like a great guy over the phone.

Clayton is a great guy, glad to see he picked up some more business.

I used the complex, patented & super-secret "Gravity" clamp to hold the slab.  [big grin]

The extrusions under it were just to raise it up a bit, this particular slab had zero twist to it and did not want to walk around on me so I didn't bother clamping. If the next one needs shims or clamping I will probably use the spacer extrusions again but fasten them to the worktop somehow, then use some blocks of wood fastened to the spacers to trap the slab.

Enjoy the trip out to the country.

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2016, 09:02 AM »
Here's the first one, major learning curve with the malachite inlay.



Filled this void 4 times before I got it right: epoxy only (yuck), poorly mixed epoxy/malachite (didn't cure), epoxy/crushed malachite that went off too fast (globbed up) and finally a mixture of epoxy/malachite power followed by adding crushed stone. Now it's smooth as glass.



Not really in love with the filled bore holes but not sure what else to to fill them with, or perhaps just leave the void? Sanded to 320, just need to manicure the rear end and it's ready for Surfix and hairpin legs.

@Edward A Reno III - did you ever make the trip out to pick up slabs?

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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2016, 09:26 AM »
Richard, in a recent project, I had a large fill like you show with the malakite and epoxy.  I routed out the knot and some around it.  I then cut a slightly smaller piece of contrasting wood and epoxied into the hole.  With the surounding grain to the main body of wood, it sort of fit to look like an arrowhead. It wood have looked even better with malkite as you used  for a border.

I cannot show a pic right now. I recently got an upgrade to my computer.  The "new" one is only 3 or 4 years old.  during the change over, ALL of my stories were lost.  (REAL panic situation  [scared])My Guru managed to retrieve most of those.  I was putting together a grouping of my stories for an old friend who was having his 75th.  I can call him and "old friend" because he used to be 10 years younger than I.  He is now 36 years older than I.  I was looking for some pics to add to the collection and discovered that my complete album had been lost as well.  I have an appointment set up with my computer whiz who says he is sure he can retrieve the pics. 

If we can locate, I can send pic of what I was talking about above.
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2016, 10:12 AM »
Richard on those bore holes around the edges.... a lot of folks are routing them out. creating a rabbet or dado and then filling the void with another piece of wood. plane and sand it flush.

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2016, 10:20 AM »
Richard, in a recent project, I had a large fill like you show with the malakite and epoxy.  I routed out the knot and some around it.  I then cut a slightly smaller piece of contrasting wood and epoxied into the hole.  With the surounding grain to the main body of wood, it sort of fit to look like an arrowhead. It wood have looked even better with malkite as you used  for a border.

I cannot show a pic right now. I recently got an upgrade to my computer.  The "new" one is only 3 or 4 years old.  during the change over, ALL of my stories were lost.  (REAL panic situation  [scared])My Guru managed to retrieve most of those.  I was putting together a grouping of my stories for an old friend who was having his 75th.  I can call him and "old friend" because he used to be 10 years younger than I.  He is now 36 years older than I.  I was looking for some pics to add to the collection and discovered that my complete album had been lost as well.  I have an appointment set up with my computer whiz who says he is sure he can retrieve the pics. 

If we can locate, I can send pic of what I was talking about above.
Tinker

@Tinker - my heart skipped a beat at the thought of losing your ramblings... errr stories.  [poke]

Seriously though, we should set up an archive on the FOG to retain your wisdom for posterity. That thread would be a good winter night read.

@rvieceli  - seems like a lot of routing/filling for the small stuff. I think this is the only slab I got with bore holes so probably won't be a problem going forward. There are some splits that need butterfly keys, which is a perfect job for the HandiBot CNC.

Next one should be a 1 day project, having learned from my mistakes along the way.  [blink]

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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2016, 10:47 AM »
On the patching... in reality not significantly more work that filling and then refilling voids in epoxy. ;-)

works better when they cluster together.

Since you are already cheating by using the handibot...... remember these?

http://www.ripdogs.com/rip-stops-1/

Make the same shape out of aluminum, modify the depth a bit and use those as keys.

Ron

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2016, 12:06 PM »
The Shaper handheld CNC plunge router would be the ideal overkill too for the job of making custom plugs. Excellent demo here

Thanks to Ned Young for sending info about this device.

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« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2016, 10:21 PM »
Great look.  We're going out at the end of the week.  Looking forward to it.

Here's the first one, major learning curve with the malachite inlay.

(Attachment Link)

Filled this void 4 times before I got it right: epoxy only (yuck), poorly mixed epoxy/malachite (didn't cure), epoxy/crushed malachite that went off too fast (globbed up) and finally a mixture of epoxy/malachite power followed by adding crushed stone. Now it's smooth as glass.

(Attachment Link)

Not really in love with the filled bore holes but not sure what else to to fill them with, or perhaps just leave the void? Sanded to 320, just need to manicure the rear end and it's ready for Surfix and hairpin legs.

@Edward A Reno III - did you ever make the trip out to pick up slabs?

RMW
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2016, 12:37 PM »
Sanded to 320 with 1 coat of Surfix:



Boss wants "shiny" - if the oil does not satisfy her after I get 3 coats on it, what can I use to give it a bit more gloss?

Thanks,

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« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2016, 01:19 PM »
@Richard/RMW  I have been using oil finishes on many my projects.  And then Wipe on poly satin.  That leaves a dull finish that I wanted.  Last winter, I built a trestle table and finished the same way.  I wanted to ut another coat on it this spring as I didn't thing I have enough protection.

This past winter, I was introduced to General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin and had tried it on a couple of serving trays that I was making.  The finish seemed harder than th Wipe-on Poly.  On such a small surface, I thought it was only a little brighter than the poly.  So, when i made the trip to Massachuesetts, I took along the Arm-R-Seal for the added application. It went on just as easy as the Wipe-on-Poly had, but it came out much brighter.  The table now has a shiny top.  Much brighter than I was hoping for.

The Arm-R-Seal is a blending of Oil and Urethane.  I had talked to the salesman at Woodcraft who had allerted me to the finish.  He told me it goes on over oil or water based finishes. He also told me it withstands much higher heat than the Wipe-on-Poly.  That was the main selling point for me.  Hot coffee, hot potatoes or hot tomales, they are all potential hazards on that table.
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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2016, 02:37 PM »
@Richard/RMW  I have been using oil finishes on many my projects.  And then Wipe on poly satin.  That leaves a dull finish that I wanted.  Last winter, I built a trestle table and finished the same way.  I wanted to ut another coat on it this spring as I didn't thing I have enough protection.

This past winter, I was introduced to General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin and had tried it on a couple of serving trays that I was making.  The finish seemed harder than th Wipe-on Poly.  On such a small surface, I thought it was only a little brighter than the poly.  So, when i made the trip to Massachuesetts, I took along the Arm-R-Seal for the added application. It went on just as easy as the Wipe-on-Poly had, but it came out much brighter.  The table now has a shiny top.  Much brighter than I was hoping for.

The Arm-R-Seal is a blending of Oil and Urethane.  I had talked to the salesman at Woodcraft who had allerted me to the finish.  He told me it goes on over oil or water based finishes. He also told me it withstands much higher heat than the Wipe-on-Poly.  That was the main selling point for me.  Hot coffee, hot potatoes or hot tomales, they are all potential hazards on that table.
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Thanks Wayne, that is exactly what I was hoping for. The Boss is also unhappy with the utility area counter-tops w/ Surfix, I was planning to ignore it but if it's that simple I will probably give it coat and bank a few brownie points.

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« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2016, 02:44 PM »
@Richard/RMW  Getting Brownie points is always a great idea [big grin]
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« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2016, 02:56 PM »
@Richard/RMW  Getting Brownie points is always a great idea [big grin]
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Yes, however they have a very limited shelf-life...

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« Reply #26 on: May 26, 2016, 04:07 PM »
@Richard/RMW I just thought about how I had finished off the Arm-R-Seal.  I had read on any directions along the way for using both the Wipe-on and the Arm-R-Seal to use steel wool for the final rub downs.  On all of the projects I had used the WOP I never sanded above 220 grit.  Usually going only to 150 for serving trays.  My Cuz'z wife has been so excited over the table I had built for them, and she is somewhat of a perfectionist, decided at the last minute to give the final finish a rub-down with the steel wool.  Whenever I have gotten steelwool for finishing, or for any other use, I have used maybe one or two pieces for the project.  By the time I think to use it on another project, I find a container full of rust.

When I was discussing the problem @ Woodcraft toy store, the sales man showed me some very coarse pads of a rough cloth material.  He showed me "0O", "000" and "0000".  I brought along one pad of each, but only went to the"000" and decided that was glossy enough.  I think my relative would appreciate going to the higher gloss possible with the "0000".  So, even tho it is glossier than I like, I guess a good compromise. (I looked at the pads down in my shop, but cannot find a company name anywhere.)

So to qualify my previos post, I am not now certain there would be a difference in gloss just because of the different finish material.  But I do believe the Arm-R-Seal is the harder material with better buildup qualities.  @Scott Burt might have better info on this.
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« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2016, 04:13 PM »
Sanded to 320 with 1 coat of Surfix:

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Boss wants "shiny" - if the oil does not satisfy her after I get 3 coats on it, what can I use to give it a bit more gloss?

Thanks,

RMW

I just took a closer look at theslab you are finishing.  Perhaps The Boss is not so concerned about glos as she is about containing that spook that is obviously trying to get to of there.   [scared]

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #28 on: November 26, 2016, 02:09 PM »
SNAKE!!! [poke]

Finally made time to finish a chunk of burl that came with the slab haul. Flattened the back/top with the tablesaw/RAS-115, cleaned it up with 3M sanding disks on the Foredom, routed out the back for some z-bar, couple coats of teak oil & sprayed on semi-gloss lacquer. I would stopped at the oil but the boss wanted it "shiny".
 










Hope to get to the big maple slab soon, it is the gem of the bunch. Has anyone else visited Clayton for slabs?

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #29 on: February 28, 2018, 09:47 PM »
Well, I picked up this slab yesterday. It's white oak, 35" wide, 45" long and 1 7/8" thick. It was not cut from the trunk but rather it was a branch from the tree.  [eek]

 I was told the tree was probably 150-200 years old. I counted up the growth rings and there are 10-15 rings per inch. This roughly validates the age of the tree that I was told.
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