Researchers Propose Wood As A Next Generation Bone ReplacementIf it was good enough for George Washington's teeth, it's good enough for your bones. An international team of researchers looking for materials that could one day be used to replace bone in grafts and implants have started simple, suggesting that several types of wood could have the qualities doctors look for in a biocompatible bone replacement.Read on...
A Gorgeous Wooden Light Bulb
Artist Ryosuke Fukusada created this extremely gorgeous, functional wooden light bulb. To keep it from bursting into flames, the bulb is comprised of an LED light bulb due to the low heat output, and wrapped in a very thin layer of wooden paneling. Head on past the break to check out the bulb when it's off, and when it's shining in the dark.Read on...
Learn How to Chop Wood as Efficiently as Possible [Video]
Whether or not you've ever had to chop wood, you should use the above method as a prime example of woodchopping efficiency and dispense with other methods to which you may be accustomed that may or may not involve punching trees. The chopper does seem to be fairly well-versed in chopping, but astute commenters on reddit pinpointed the ax and it may be helping along the efficiency.
The ax is made by Fiskars -- who apparently makes things other than scissors, but still stayed within the venue of cutting things -- and is designed to make chopping a lot easier:
...the X25 combines perfected weight distribution, advanced blade geometry, an ultra-sharp edge and virtually unbreakable design to maximize your performance. This combination of features allows the blade to disperse wood more effectively, offering more one-strike splits with each swing.
Though the technique in the video is probably known to woodcutters worldwide, the rest of us who live with our noisy steam heaters just learned something interesting.
(via reddit)Read on...
Bike Made Entirely of Wood: Zero Metal, Zero Rubber, Zero Screws
While we appreciate the sentiment behind this wooden bike, but we think that designer Michael Thompson is doing a rather cleaner job of it: His SplinterBike is constructed entirely of wood and glue, with no metal, plastic, rubber, or screws to be seen. Originally conceived of in a bet with Thompson's friend James Tully, who challenged Thompson's boast that he could make anything out of wood, the bike has become a thousand-plus man-hour job.
The axles are made of the hardwood ekki; the cogs, wheels and frame are birch ply; and oily ironwood was used in place of metal bearings where moving parts met. The pedals and handlebars were made from an old broom handle salvaged from Michael's shed. The trickiest part was the drivetrain – how do you make a wooden chain? Well, by cunningly replacing it with a huge 128-tooth cog that links the chainring and the gear on the rear wheel. In fact there are six cogs, as the drivetrain is replicated on both sides of the frame to add strength.With Tully in the seat of the bike he initially dismissed, the pair hopes to set a new landspeed record with the bike and raise money for charity ShelterBox in the process. (via Guardian | SplinterBike website)Read on...
Dude is a Bandsaw Wizard [Video]
As he makes a wooden deer without really ever seeing it until the finished product, this guy shows both incredible skill with a bandsaw and an apparent incredible lack of safety for his fingers. Don't worry, nothing horrific happens, but you still might be squirming the whole time.
(via Make)Read on...