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Bass wood & R R ties
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:45:04 PM »
A guy is bringing some Bass wood and a  R R tie :o to saw up told him the blades are $25 each  he says ok will pay that if it wrecks the blade he is building a bar for a old retired Rail road guy 
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Re: Bass wood & R R ties
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 05:57:44 PM »
I hope the bar is outside because a freshly open RR tie will be just that, fresh.   :-\
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Re: Bass wood & R R ties
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014, 06:34:10 PM »
I hope the bar is outside because a freshly open RR tie will be just that, fresh.   :-\

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 06:38:55 PM »
It might be out side he is going to fill it with old rail road rock and put thick glass on it will get pictures of it when done
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 07:46:52 PM »
Sounds interesting.  It probably can be sealed to contain the stink.   ;D
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2014, 08:43:59 PM »
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Re: Bass wood & R R ties
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2014, 09:32:29 PM »
I made some steps out of RR ties at my other house. Sometimes I would not even get through the tie without having to sharpen the chain. I almost doubt one blade on a mill will saw a tie. I would almost think 4-5 to get through a 8 foot one.
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Re: Bass wood & R R ties
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2014, 09:51:43 PM »
I would really be hesitant to have the creosote treated timber inside or near where I ate or drank.  The old ties were over treated with some very carcinogenic stuff.  The residual oil will make it very hard to seal and not prevent bleed through.

I have used old utility poles a number of times for pole barn construction.  I have learned the hard way that when cutting and notching the poles that you need to wear long sleeves and respiratory protection.  (nasty reactions to the saw dust) I have never sawn a pole or tie and I think I would put a tarp under the mill to make sure that I could clean up the sawdust 100% so I would not have to live in the smell and not have hazardous waste spread around my mill.

Maybe the "old railroad guy" is immune to the smell of creosote.

The basswood should saw nice and be a really white contrast to the RR ties.

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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2014, 11:53:01 PM »
Creosote treated products didn't use to cause any great deal of concern or be regarded as hazardous waste. Nor did people who worked in it, around it, and on it have inordinate issues. Posts and ties were treated with it and it smelled. But linemen climbed the treated poles shirtless, and tie layers laid ties all day long, and putting in fence meant hugging a few creosote posts during the day. Friend of mine worked his life in a creosote treating plant and died at 86. Healthy man his entire life, even golfed a mean game at 85.
Seems the younger gen have bought into the media pitch, similar to sun screen. Sells a lot of products, IMO.
I think anything in great quantity could be "carcinogenic", but in moderation not to be feared.
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2014, 07:26:23 AM »
I'am with Beenthere on this one, creosote has served mankind well for a long time. All that is required is a reasonable amount of care around it. Be very wary of a government that wants to save you from yourself. Frank C.
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Re: Bass wood & R R ties
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2014, 11:02:32 AM »
Not trying to start a debate but when you open up a tele pole or a Tie that has been treated with a blade there are caustic chemicals that will harm you.
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2014, 11:48:42 AM »
I know from personal experience that creosote fumes can aggravate a sunburn, but it
takes massive simultaneous amounts of each to do it.
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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2014, 12:04:34 PM »
I can personally say that cutting cross ties with a chainsaw in hot humid weather in a short sleeve shirt is a BAD BAD BAD idea :o   Worst burn (burns!)  I've ever had in my life and I have worked around some major chemicals.  I agree that goverment regulation and hype have scared a lot folks and handled right they are ok.  I was young and did not handle them properly (short sleeves). 
Its the phenol in the cresote that will get you.  Wear proper ppe and it should be ok.

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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2014, 12:21:20 PM »
I can personally say that cutting cross ties with a chainsaw in hot humid weather in a short sleeve shirt is a BAD BAD BAD idea :o   Worst burn (burns!)  I've ever had in my life and I have worked around some major chemicals.  I agree that goverment regulation and hype have scared a lot folks and handled right they are ok.  I was young and did not handle them properly (short sleeves). 
Its the phenol in the cresote that will get you.  Wear proper ppe and it should be ok.

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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2014, 07:57:50 PM »
I climbed my share of treated poles during my career with the telephone co. 

My comment was not about fear of chemicals but the stink.
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« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2014, 07:49:52 PM »
I have read that passenger rail cars flushed toilets on the ties.There were signs in the toilets that said Do not flush toilets while in the station.

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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2014, 06:44:29 AM »
I have read that passenger rail cars flushed toilets on the ties.There were signs in the toilets that said Do not flush toilets while in the station.



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