Online Tree-Ring Supplies Store
Please support the Science of Tree Rings web site! Many people think that the tree-ring web pages are maintained and supported using information technology, personnel, and generous funds provided by my university. Not at all. I do ALL the web page information searching, coding, updating, and designing at HOME, on my own personal computer, in my free time. I pay for the software (Expression Web 4, Dreamweaver CS5) and upgrades, two laptop computers (MacBook Pro and Dell Inspiron) and needed peripheral accessories (wireless HP printer/scanner/copier, paper, cartridges, etc.), the Internet access (high-speed internet), overhead (electricity, gas), cloud backup (Dropbox Pro), even the extra server space needed for the many files. I also have freely given thousands of hours of my own personal time. It's time for me to at least get a little back.
Here, you'll find supplies that are needed in every well-stocked wood shop to conduct tree-ring research ! Your purchase of supplies through the Amazon.com web site will provide a small royalty that will help ensure I can keep these web pages updated and maintained for years to come. Clicking on a link below will simply take you to the Amazon.com web site where you can read more about the product and then decide whether or not to purchase the item. These items should be available (as of 06 December 2016). If a price is listed in the frame box, then it's available. If no price is listed, it's because you have options on different pricing. I'll check from time to time to make sure these are still for sale, either new or used. If you know of a item available through Amazon.com that you think should be listed here, please let me know.
Lastly, some of you may realize you can buy similar supplies from Forestry Suppliers, but I can guarantee these prices below are more competitive for products that are often much better.
Thank YOU for your support! -- Henri
Laboratory Supplies : dissecting
needles, gummy erasers, all-purpose glue, mechanical pencils
Belt Sanders and Belt Cleaners : belt sanders, sanding table, and belt cleaners
Sanding Belts and Fine-Grade Sandpaper : from 40-grit on up to 400-grit and finer
Heavy Duty Drills and Hand Planers : various models, but must-haves in your lab
Gun Cleaning Kits and Stretch Wrap : keep borers clean and samples stable
Shop Supplies : steel wool, map tubes, safety glasses, ear protectors, dust masks
Field Supplies : flagging of all colors and cans of WD-40 in all sizes
Chain Saw Safety Supplies : helmets, chaps, first aid kits, knee pads, and more!
When you create your tree-ring lab, don't forget all the important little items that are *essential* to processing your cores and wood sections (such as Sharpies, masking tape, steel wool, gummy erasers, razors, mechanical pencils, and dissecting needles). I've searched for the best prices for items that you will find in any tree-ring lab (for example, Sharpies retail for about $US 2.00 each), so click on any link above to take advantage of these great products.
I consider the belt sander on the left to be the workhorse in my wood shop. The 4" X 24" sanding surface makes for rapid sanding of even the largest cross sections. We have six of these Makita sanders (model 9904) in our wood shop. If you only work with increment cores, you may find the 4" X 24" sanders too much and too bulky. In this case, you may wish to invest in a 3" X 21" Makita belt sander instead. I promise -- these will be the best belt sanders you've ever bought for your tree-ring research! One more very important suggestion: lately, to improve safety, we've been sanding our cores on a 4" x 36" sanding table, which I highly recommend (see below)! Sanding belts in this size are easily found on the Amazon web site as well.
Finally, belt cleaners are a must for every wood shop that works with tree-ring specimens. You do not have to throw away your belts once they become gummed up with resin! Instead, you press these belt cleaners against the rotating surface of the belt and the heat from the friction will bond the gummed material on the belt with the rubber from the belt cleaner and instantly remove it.
Sanding belts are usually only available in retail outlets up to size 220 grit, but you can find finer grits in standard sized belts all over these days. Fine-grade sandpaper is used to put a final polish on your wood, critical for diffuse-porous wood species, such as Populus, Acer, and Fraxinus. In my lab, we mostly use 4" x 24" belt sanders, but lately we've been using a 4" x 36" table sander for our cores (see above for the table sander). Below, the order of sanding belts from left to right is: 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 320, and 400 grit, followed by 600, 800, 1000, 1200, and 1500 grit sandpaper.40 to 120 grit (left to right):
150 to 400 grit (left to right):
600 to 1500 grit (left to right):
To drive your archaeological drill bits, you'll need a heavy-duty reversible 1/2" drill, either electric or cordless. I have all three models shown below in my laboratory and swear by them. Hint: order an extra battery pack for the cordless drill, and you can drill all day on one charge in remote areas. Electric planers put a nice flat surface on larger cross sections that are too large to be cut flat in a bandsaw.
Gun Cleaning Kits and Stretch Wrap
Gun cleaning kits are used to clean your increment borers, either in the field or back in the laboratory. Those designed for a 22 rifle work best. Stretch wrap is used to wrap cross sections in the field to prevent them from breaking and to keep multiple pieces together from the same tree!
Use ultra-fine grade (0000) steel wool to burnish off resin on cores and cross sections that might be masking the ring boundaries. This works very well! One pad lasts a very long time, as well. Map tubes can be used in the field to carry the paper or plastic straws that contain your valuable increment cores, and offer excellent protection from rain and for safe transport back to the laboratory! Lastly, you must protect your eyes in the wood shop from wood chips and hot rubber from the sanding belts. I've seen serious eye injuries in years as a tree-ring scientist.
In the shop, you simply must wear a dust mask to prevent particulates from entering your lungs. If you do not, you run the risk of eventually getting major health issues. Don't forget! While sanding or operating equipment in the wood shop, or when operating a chainsaw, you simply must protect your hearing! You should invest in a few of these for your field crew as well (for the field, we prefer the folding model below).
Gotta have flagging for your field work, to mark trees to core later, to set out plots for assessing stand history, to re-locate ideal trees to core on a future field trip, etc. These are competitive prices when compared to Forestry Suppliers!
Gotta have WD-40 lubricant, in your shop and in the field! Use the small 2 ounce cans to pack in your field pack to lubricate your increment borers inside and out. Use the larger cans in the field to keep your chain and chain saw clean. Larger sizes can be used in your wood shop to keep all your equipment running smoothly, including your band saw and chain saws.
Yep, you'll need these items! For example, gel knee pads are the best, when kneeling to core trees or when using a chain saw. You'll need ear protection for those who accompany you when collecting cross sections for tree-ring dating. I even wear safety glasses inside my helmet to protect my contact lenses. These 2-way radios shown work up to 36 miles! And a good first aid kit should be carried by a team member every time you use a chain saw.