Tips on wood identification #2: I can't believe this wood!

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Blog entry by Cephas posted 01-18-2008 09:32 PM 848 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Have sorely been missing inspiration and interaction from friends at LJ! Have taken out entire kitchen subfloor
replaced it, laid new vinyl, and painted. This wasnt a “want-to” but a “have-to”. So today I l got outside 30 degree temp., found the worst piece of my grandfather’s walnut, a 1×4x8’. Tried clamping it to workbench and realized how cupped/bowed it was. There was a knot in the center midway of board that had fallen out.
Put brand new CMT blade on circular saw, cut before bad spot and after it…about 6’’ total. Observed ends of newly exposed lumber and almost fell out. I cant tell you how beautiful and HARD newly exposed grain is! Took shortest piece, clamped to workbench, made one pass with elec. planer(set planer on 1/8”) and next door neighbor came out to see why I was jumping and hollering. Beautiful!!!!! After 60-70 years this lumber with heavy sawmill blade marks revealed its true nature and it humbled me. I am not qualified to to deal with this lumber if this is representative. Have decided to get this CAMERA of mine to work (again its the operator)
and document this endeavor. The wood is HARD and BEAUTIFUL and I wish a couple of yall were here to advise me! Woodnut? Doug?

-- "Do what you can, where you're at, with what you've got." Theodore Roosevelt

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 10:18 PM

Get stuck in and enjoy it, and get those photos up on the web so we can all enjoy it with you.

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 11:06 PM

Cephas, forgive my ailing memory. Did we help locate any folks down there that can rough mill your walnut legacy to square and true? It sounds like you truly do have a wonderful gift from your progenitors to deal with. Perhaps there is a Woodworkers store or Guild that you can find that would have a person that would mentor you through getting it dimensioned for a small fee or cut of the lumber (I would, were I closer!)? Here is a link to Woodcraft stores in Tennessee.. Maybe a Saturday trip to one is in order. Please don’t blame me if this sets you afire!

Othewise, without the scratch to buy the bigger machines to do the job, I would scour the net about how to do it by hand. Start saving up for a scrub plane, which would allow you to created a relatively flat surface with scalloped tooled surface. Empower yourself to take a chance with your two new workpieces and make mistakes as needed to ramp up your learning curve. Don’t be frightened that you are going to ruin anything with those two boards, and make some shavings. Just take your time and go for it. The wood has waited this long for you. It can wait a bit longer as you move slowly and surely forward.

Please get those pictures up, Brother Cephas! We are behind you.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 11:38 PM

Ah some beautiful Walnut. It would be great to share the excitement.

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

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#4 posted 01-19-2008 01:57 AM

I would enjoy seeing it!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-19-2008 11:49 AM

Pictures please. That is so neat that you discovered buried treasure.

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John Gray

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#6 posted 01-19-2008 07:12 PM

Pictures please.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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