GREEN WOODWORKING - ONLY ONCE A YEAR

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010
It's not very often that I work with green wood. I'm not a turner or a chair maker and using wet wood to make furniture would be a disaster. However, at this time of year I do some green wood working for my family. It doesn't take me very long thankfully but the end result is fabulous. My preferred tool for this type of work is a 24" Swede saw. I find it gives me a nice clean cut and tracks nicely in the kerf. It's essential that you get a surface that is perpendicular to the length of the work – failing to do this can make things difficult during the installation process.

An even cut is essential for the instillation process

I find that I tend to support the work on sawhorses instead of my workbench because the work is usually longer than the 60" of my bench. Even if I could get the work to fit on my bench the work doesn't lend itself well to being captured between the dogs anyway. Fortunately the work is heavy enough to only require hand-holding during sawing.

Saw horses are a better choice

The end result is definitely worth working with green wood. While I don't think I will be trading in my cabinet makers tools anytime soon, my Swede saw will be on the ready for my once-a-year foray into wet wood.

Well worth the effort

Hopefully all you woodworkers will get your presents done in time for the 25th. I know I won't be in my shop this 24th wishing for elves to show up and help with the work. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

V