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Douglas Helliesen

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  • Birthday 07/16/1950


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    Key West, Florida
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    Too much wood. Too little Time...

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    It is a older Norwood bit rusty but still runs good.
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    Tropical Almond doesn't usually crack much during the drying but the center section often splits due to stress often while being cut, I've had it nearly pop off the mill. I love the warm color that stays pretty stable unlike the Cuban Mahogani that keeps getting darker.
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    Thank you, I got some nice slabs from this log most in the 24" x 8'long range, I cut them at 1.75" and now am regretting it as I have to move them and find someplace to store. They are too heavy for me to move alone some had some minor hardware but most came out nice. Maybe I'll get lucky and sell them all fast.
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    Tropical Almond Slabs

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    Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners

    Lew, I believe I have the same lathe, could you scan the manual and email to me? I have no paperwork with mine and still need to finish replacing motor destroyed by flooding during hurricane Wilma, last major shop machine to put back in order. Doug
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    Woodcrafts New Bench Dog Has Hit The Shelves!

    John, Thanks I always get confused, too many ways to screw up here, But I'll keep on trying. Â Douglas Helliesen said:
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    Woodcrafts New Bench Dog Has Hit The Shelves!

    Here is two of mine on swim break!
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    Just another day in the Conch Republic

    Lew, Hope this is not too much info:  The mill is all manual Norwood bought in "98, I bought it as Hurricane Georges was bearing down on the Island figuring there would be a few trees down, unfortunately, most were cut to 2' lengths and not very usable.  Key West does not have enough wood to support a automatic mill, it took ,me 10 years to "pay off" this one and that was due to a large resaw project.(2 semi truckloads of reclaimed teak from Seattle area)for a local contractor. I modified it to open the throat to 28" wide which really taxes the capability of the blades but nice and slow gets it done. It has a Honda 13 hp. manual start engine which has enough power for everything I've run across. I have rail extensions mounted on aluminum I-beams that I bolt to the back for longer or larger logs, in the case of larger, I block them on the ground, back the mill up to them and mount I-beam on either side to support the millhead. This way I can cut the log down to a 28" square and whittle down from there without lifting onto the mill. I usually load the mill logs by myself, although not fast it is safe, it is the sawn slabs that give me the greatest problem, I made a slap trailer that will move 1 slab (up to 6" thick any length on edge) at a time but I still try and move the slabs off the mill by myself. The mill is set up next to my house and I have some heavy steel deck supports I made bolted to the side of the house. I use 2 cable pulls coming down from these supports under the log and over to the mill. This works very well for loading the logs but too slow for the slabs, I probably need to rig up a block and tackle for the slabs as this would be much faster. Once slab is loaded, I can move it anywhere in the yard, then comes the hassel of stacking. All this is done in the city limits, I just keep it low key and have not had any problems. With property values as they are, the cheapest commercial lot about 10 miles away would cost a minimum of $300,000 without fencing, electric, water, etc. so I'm kind of stuck here, commercial rents are $350.00 month and up and not many landlords would like all these trees laying around either. My small workshop is in the back and I turn out cabinets, tables, etc. from the wood. I also take on aluminum welding jobs. I am currently making wife new kitchen cabinets using BC PT plywood for the core and laminating 3/16" Tropical Almond over it as I have concerns with termites and fumigation runs $3,500 which I never seem to have. I sell maybe $300 worth of wood a month and give away about the same. I give to those making personal projects or small time trying to break into market, but once they start selling then I charge, Military usually get a 1/2 price if selling.  Lewis Kauffman said:
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    Just another day in the Conch Republic

    Here is a video taken by a friend a year ago and posted on u-tube, I just ran across it surfing and thought I'd post it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALOJg32w_8QÂ Â It shows some close-ups of my old Norwood mill slicing up a log.
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    A Navy Man Needs a Shadow Box

    I have had no contact with Mr. Bates and I have no Oak lumber, it does not grow here, so hopefully Dorald is in contact and getting the ball rolling. I will wait to notify my builder if something changes but do not believe he has been contacted either. Doug  dorald keefer said:
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    A Navy Man Needs a Shadow Box

    dorald keefer said:
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    A Navy Man Needs a Shadow Box

    John, My friend Jon is currently serving in the navy and due to retire soon. He has a passion for woodworking and is pretty good at it, and he has built quite a few shadowboxes for fellow retires. He is also a licensed electrician and recently donated his time building electrical panels for our local Key West American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. I am going to be saddened when he does move on as he has been a great asset to our community. You can reach out to him on his f/b site, Bluejacket-Woodworking as he does not have time to surf, or prefers spending web time in his workshop. Doug  John Morris said:
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    A Navy Man Needs a Shadow Box

    I have a friend in Key West (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluejacket-Woodworking/111786108852669?fref=ts) whom does many of these, and said  he'd be interested, I will supply him with local tropical hardwood for the project. You can either contact me thru (https://www.facebook.com/KeyWestCustomWoodworkSawmilling?ref=tn_tnmn) Please let either of us know. Doug
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    Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners

    Very Nice, Makes me want to finish hooking up my lathe, (motor got flooded out from hurricane Wilma as rest of shop)Â and get back to turning again.

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