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Beech outdoors ?

Postby joncjones » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:19 pm

Hi - I just thinned out a few young beech trees and hoping to make a playframe for the kids with them so would greatly appreciate some advice based on your experience:

Any tips on peeling the bark off ?
If peeled and brushed with linseed oil will it last a few years out of doors ?

I will not bury the poles into the ground but just keep them fixed on the surface inside those square bracket metal ground stakes.
I am in the south west of france but the tees grew at over 700m a.s.l. so they seem quite solid.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated

Thanks

Jon
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Re: Beech outdoors ?

Postby monkeeboy » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:34 pm

Yes they will last a few years if you peel and oil them.
You can keep reapplying oil too.

Best tool to remove the bark is a drawknife.
There's a good French brand called Arnaud.
You can buy them here;
https://www.dictum.com/en/tools/woodworking-metalworking/sculpting-tools/drawknives/709995/arnaud-drawknife-straight-blade?ffRefKey=HAlrSDUso

but you might somewhere more local too.
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Re: Beech outdoors ?

Postby joncjones » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:44 am

Ok - great - I assume a downswept blade is the best option for the drawknife ?

The trees are all only 10-20cm in diameter

thanks for the info & link

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Re: Beech outdoors ?

Postby monkeeboy » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:54 pm

A straight blade drawknife is probably more versatile in the long term...
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Re: Beech outdoors ?

Postby anobium » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:41 pm

Check out your local 'vide greniers' for drawknives (called planes in France); you can usually pick them up for a Euro or two. The handles are often wormy, but easy enough to make new ones.
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Re: Beech outdoors ?

Postby Ken Hume » Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:21 am

Hi,

Beech is generally considered to be a perishable timber and it will certainly not last long if in contact with the ground.
If these were my children I would pick another timber to construct a play frame.

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