I had a couple decent walnut logs dropped off a few months ago in a mixed load. They were butt logs that had grown together at the very base. The guy was smart enough to bring the base too.
I have looked at this chunk of wood off and on, knowing I wanted to cut table top slabs from it. I could have done that with a big chainsaw, but that really sucks. I wanted to stand it on the mill and slice cookies…but it was just too big for that diameter wise. Over 3’ x 4’...my mill will only let me cut 27” wide.
Then I got to thinking, hey this should split pretty easy. So I stripped off the bark, grabbed a couple wedges and she popped right in 1/2.
It didn’t even damage the wood to be split, they were not joined very tight at all inside. I will/the buyer will be able to join the slices back together (I would do it Nakashima style).
On the mill, sitting on a couple honeylocust boards to span my deck.
Yep I am going to clear and be able to cut it now.
I am pretty sure it is back on the same plane as it was standing whole. I will make some shallow test cuts and try to fit the pieces back together to make sure. I have to get down past where the tree guy made a couple messy cuts with his chainsaw anyway so it will not waste much getting perfectly lined back up. I should be able to slab this all the way down, it looks to clear my guide roller (took the adjustable one off for max cut width) even at the butt swell.
Another similar set, the first couple are ~25” x 42”
Then they start getting bigger…these are ~36’’ x 48’‘
They were a mill full though, full 27” cut. The guide roller on one side was rubbing and the bandwheel on the other side was too.
Close ups. Very colorful grain, even rough sawn…
I am going to sticker them tomorrow. I just stacked them back in reverse order for now. 8 sets.