GRAFT #1: ...incredible grafted walnut slab will become cabinet.

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Blog entry by Blake posted 11-28-2010 06:59 PM 6259 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a slab from the base of a walnut tree where Claro Walnut and English Walnut were grafted together.

Anyway I just absolutely love this slab and I have been saving it for a long time. It was given to me by a friend. I finally pulled it out to resaw it. I plan on creating bookmatched panels for the front of a cabinet.


Grafting, for those who may not know (and I’m no expert) is basically splicing two species of trees together to help with the propagation of the desired species. For example, if Claro Walnut has a hearty root structure and does better in your local soil, but you want to grow English Walnut, you can graft the it onto the Claro Walnut base (as I understand it).

And here it is sliced in half!



Look how creepy these are… they look like monsters!



I think this will be the final orientation for the cabinet doors. I don’t want to scare anybody:


Thanks for looking. I will work on this project periodically as I have time but its not at the top of my priority list. I have several other projects in the works. I just couldn’t wait any longer to see what it looked like. I haven’t even designed the cabinet yet. But as always I will keep you posted.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 07:02 PM

That’s beatuiful!

That last orientation looks rather feline…

-- -Don

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 07:05 PM

I just love wood patterns.
Looking forward to the project.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 07:10 PM

Tee totally awesome. Wow…. whatever this turns out to be, it’ll be incredible.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 07:15 PM

All I can say is ” Just Fantastic”! I am drooling all over my keyboard….............

This will be another awsome piece from your workshop Blake !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 08:12 PM

Very awesome looking! The Bat signal!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 09:00 PM

wow blake…these are fantastic…what a score you made on these…when i saw them i felt like a kid looking at a huge chocolate bar and saying man i could dream of that….i just love walnut…ive got one next to my house…that i cant get it out whole….but if i cut it up into like 4 foot sections…i could deal with it then…seeing these just makes me feel even more that im going to cut it down …even if i have to slab it with the chain saw…have fun with these…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 09:05 PM

Bookmatching reveals such wonderful patterns … I just love to resaw….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 09:53 PM

This is going to be a fantastic cabinet!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 09:57 PM

I like the first one the best, because it does look like a monster. I suddenly have wood envy.

-- Mel,

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#10 posted 11-28-2010 10:07 PM

I look forward to seeing the next “Weber piece.”

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 11-28-2010 11:58 PM

That is so cool. More like rad.

This will be fun to watch,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 11-29-2010 12:06 AM

Nice looking wood.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 11-29-2010 12:11 AM

Some great looking wood and a nice slice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 02:28 AM

Wow, That is some beautiful wood! Color me GREEN!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 11-29-2010 02:41 AM

Wow – I have never seen anything like that. I love it. What were the dimensions of the original slab?

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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