Against In Breakers

Yes, I am against it. Do you make me out for a contrarian because of it? Will you only see me ranting against thievery as a result? Does the negativity really bum you out?

Ok then I am for, fixing up my wall in need of repairs, and for restoring my old house to its former condition, and for the old ways and the way they express an understanding of how things worked and the place we occupy in the midst of these things and I am for getting my hands on some fine douglas fir and the smell of it too.

Here is the old douglas fir, some in that window predating even a subsequent repair made in a less durable wood, spruce it may have been.

Old douglas fir.
Old douglas fir.

The replacement wood matches up pretty well, still, I sense a difference. Is it the weight of it, the sap content? The old wood seeming denser than the new though the ring pattern of the new might indicate the opposite.

New douglas fir.
New douglas fir.

Maybe someone in another 70 or 200 years will make the better judgement.

But this construction differs from the old one in that there comes no window in, only the bars of oak and then to shutter things off, well, shutters.

These oak bars are made up for their particular purpose, that is to say these are no ordinary bars set in there as it may seem. It’s riven stock squared up and then re-cut to orient the growth rings in a particular way.

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Not this
Not this

‘course then you loose the appeal of

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This

The trade-off being that of grain pattern consistency on all four sides and, more importantly for me because the wood is unseasoned, there will be less dimensional change as the wood dries and it will remain more stable forever.

All this facilitated by a handy little jig that holds the wood at a 45 degree angle for me during the re-saw on my bandsaw and at the table saw, cutting tenons like I do it.

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A pleasant fitting-up with the young Chairman there keeping a watchful eye.

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Marking down and then doing away with the margin of safety left on the bars is better than having to re-visit the good tenon shoulders, sprung the way they are like that to fill up the rabbited opening for the window its shutters.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then running the peg through it all which tensions the joints. Oh, I’ve torn some wood fibers with the bit it’s so true and perhaps when called for, measures preventing that could be gotten at and that thought was not lost on me at the time I drilled hole #1, but still I pressed forward not altering my approach, and not caring, with intension.

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B.D.S.

E.dB.

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