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Login Name Post: How about a branch for a hawk block?        (Topic#306758)
Larry (Omaha) 
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Larry (Omaha)
03-05-18 05:43 PM - Post#1672837    


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Hey guys, I have good friend who owns a tree business. He was working on a large tree and took this off of a branch.
Flintlocklar

 
Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
03-05-18 07:01 PM - Post#1672854    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

Wow!...nice block.

How do you keep it from cracking as it dries out?

What kind of wood is it?


 
tenngun 
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tenngun
03-05-18 07:10 PM - Post#1672856    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

That’s a hunk’o branch.


 
Larry (Omaha) 
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Larry (Omaha)
03-05-18 07:21 PM - Post#1672860    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

  • Quote:
How do you keep it from cracking as it dries out


I think it is cottonwood, but dummy me did not know I would have a dry out problem, which I did. I should have asked for a thicker slice. My arborist friend has an endless supply. One obviously does not need so large a diameter, but it helps when kids throw to keep the hawk out of the Wait a Minute Bushes
Flintlocklar

 
Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
03-05-18 07:24 PM - Post#1672862    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

I think you have to oil it or paint it as soon as it is cut, to keep it from cracking...


 
Colorado Clyde 
Cannon
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Colorado Clyde
03-05-18 07:26 PM - Post#1672863    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

What's the diameter on that bad boy?


 
Larry (Omaha) 
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Larry (Omaha)
03-05-18 07:39 PM - Post#1672865    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

If my memory is right (senior moments) it was 34". The hawk is 18".
Flintlocklar

 
Robby 
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03-08-18 02:06 PM - Post#1673276    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

Larry, Mine was poplar too, I slathered it with crankcase oil I got from the local garage for free, let it take all it will. Lasted for years.
Robby

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
03-08-18 02:09 PM - Post#1673277    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

  • Quote:
it helps when kids throw



Just the kids?
The cracking thing came to my mind also. And, yes, that musta been some humongous tree. A thicker piece would be very heavy.

 
Larry (Omaha) 
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Larry (Omaha)
03-08-18 07:38 PM - Post#1673362    

    In response to Rifleman1776

  • Quote:
Just the kids?


All right smarty, it helps old men too
Flintlocklar

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
03-09-18 09:56 AM - Post#1673466    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

  • Larry (Omaha) Said:
  • Quote:
Just the kids?


All right smarty, it helps old men too
Flintlocklar






 
cigarmitch 
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cigarmitch
03-09-18 02:46 PM - Post#1673508    

    In response to Rifleman1776

Oh boy, cottonwood... Makes me twitch when I think about the time I tried to sand a piece of cottonwood. Woof, STINKY STUFF.
Cigar Mitch
mid 19th Century Powder Burner



 
Kansas Jake 
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03-09-18 07:30 PM - Post#1673537    

    In response to cigarmitch

It doesn't smell that great when it burns either.

 
Sean Gadhar 
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Sean Gadhar
03-15-18 07:05 AM - Post#1674373    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

I could STILL hit the metal hardware! Surrounding it with all that fine wood won't stop me from chipping an edge. I have a nack

Kidding aside, that looks like a great setup
The sheep of this world will always hate the sheepdogs, until the wolves are nipping at their heels.


 
Longshot47 
45 Cal.
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Longshot47
03-17-18 12:58 PM - Post#1674794    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

Makes me want to throw my hawk.
With the effort you've got in it, it might be worth banding it with a barrel hoop or perhaps screwing a plywood panel to the back.
Nice job!

 
Mad Irish Jack ODonnell 
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Mad Irish Jack ODonnell
07-11-18 11:48 PM - Post#1693371    

    In response to Longshot47

If you want to keep the all wood appearance; you could get a wood bore 3/4" or 1" and as long an extension you can find. Drill from outside through the center of the thickness toward the center or across the edges. Blow out the dust and chips and using low priced dowels, cover the outside with wood glue and insert into the holes. Tap completely into the holes depth. You'll need to measure the full length of the bore and extension total to get the measurements for the dowels.

 
Mike Muzzle 
32 Cal.
Posts: 47
08-23-18 08:57 AM - Post#1699307    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

If this is a branch, how big was the tree?

 
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