First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930’s.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
...”rough hewn”? And then they put it in their person “stash”. It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8’-10’ long up to 20” wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
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