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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-07-12 7:21 pm   Permalink

traditional or not...that piece is super cool...and not lame in the least.

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-15 12:12 pm   Permalink

OK, a little off-topic I suppose, but I saw this & got all freaked out over it, because to me it's a fusion of 2 things I enjoy: making stuff out of wood, and playing around with vintage bikes. I think I may have to make one (or more) of these.





 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-16 8:01 pm   Permalink

ha...typical scene in my living room. The other side is surfboards and old bikes (the complete, operational ones). And If I were building a car, there would be engine parts scattered in the mix as well.

My girl hates it but I love it.



 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-17 4:12 pm   Permalink

So, for the last couple of days I've been obsessed with making a tiki out of cedar.

Finally this morning, despite my hangover, I went up to a buddy's place that just cut some trees, and most of the stuff was hauled away, but I was able to score this little piece, jut under a foot long:




went out & played with it for a bit & came up with this (not done yet):




I know cedar isn't exactly "traditional" tiki wood, but I really love the colors & smell. I'll be on the lookout for more cedar logs for sure...




 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2011-07-17 7:01 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-07-17 16:12, pjc5150 wrote:
"traditional" tiki wood



Whats that?


 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-17 9:48 pm   Permalink

^ yeah, I suppose it doesn't make any difference.

So, I had some had someone recommend boiled linseed oil for cedar. Anyone have any thoughts on this?


 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-18 5:22 pm   Permalink

So yeah, cedar is pretty cool. I'll definitely be snatching it up when it becomes available in the future.





....and I found a dude locally who sells the really tough bamboo that they use to build stuff, so I'm going to buy like 12 or 15 feet of it & try to make a bamboo bicycle! And if it works out ok, I will build the coolest bamboo-framed, tiki bike EVER!!! * insert evil mad scientist laugh here *



 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-07-19 1:30 pm   Permalink

Dude that Cedar looks awesome! Looks like it carves well too. Is it a really big difference from the palm?

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-19 2:24 pm   Permalink

Different than palm for sure. Hard to describe...I did that whole thing with an angle grinder (and it responded reeeaaally well - and made lots of very fine dust, as in, like, I need a breather if I'm going to keep working with it), but the next one I'm going after with the chisels. I'm gonna sand the hell outa this thing & hit it with boiled linseed oil & see what I end up with. Stay tuned...

 
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amate
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Posted: 2011-07-19 3:28 pm   Permalink

I have carved quite a bit of our local version of cedar in the past. At that time I was using linseed oil exclusively. It will bring out the grain but it dries after a while and will need to be retreated yearly. If you don't thin out the oil and apply it too heavily, it can remain tacky and darken the wood.

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-20 08:10 am   Permalink

is there something else that's better for cedar in your experience?


 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2011-07-20 10:33 am   Permalink

Hand-rub Poly - it will soak into the wood protecting it and be thin enough where it will not be glossy.

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-20 11:59 am   Permalink

free cedar on craigslist! whoop whoop!



 
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NIxxon
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Posted: 2011-07-20 12:50 pm   Permalink

oh my. that looks like it is going to keep you busy for a while. nice find!

 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2011-07-20 3:39 pm   Permalink

yeah, that should keep me fairly occupied for the next month...

looks like we BOTH scored this week!


 
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