I’ve been grinding away at these tree trunks for a few weeks. I only get to work on them for a few hours a day due to neighbors complaining about the noise and the clean up is horrendous. Six garbage bags filled with shavings so far! It’s an arduous task but fun and rewarding when the Mook Jong starts taking shape.
As refining begins the natural grain begins to reveal itself and I’m very happy with what I am seeing. It’s going to be difficult deciding which one to give up to sale.
I’ve been working on the camphor trunk the most because it was the thickest. You can see from the cardboard template how much has been removed.
This 9 inch diameter template is one of the most important tools in Wooden Dummy planning and construction.
First I used a draw blade to remove the bark and some wood then an angle grinder with wood working attachments. It’s like using a mini chainsaw.
I also started shaping the acacia trunk this week. Although there isn’t much to remove it has been more difficult because it is much more dense and heavier to move around.
Next up with be some sanding which might take a while since I do not have a hand held belt sander just yet and I’m going to need a booth to work in because the dust will be very fine. This will give me time to decide how I am going to mount these and begin working on the frame or to purchase a floor spring stand.
I also made a new throwing knife target using pressure treated 4 X 4 since I destroyed my palm tree round within a month. I practice one hour a day five days a week. The new target holds up very well and will last a long time. If it gets too destroyed I just need to move the end pieces around.
The palm round is a great target because it is lightweight and knives sink in easy but the clean up is a pain and airborne fibers can’t be good. I won’t be buying one of these again.