Because our daughter’s tv stand/entertainment center was such a hit with her and just about everyone else who’s seen it we thought it might be time to do one for us, too. I do these things really, really slow because I’m old, don’t ya know. So step one was working up the energy to actually photograph the walnut log prior to marking it for slabbing:
Can’t really see the lines I scribed on the log using a laser line to guide the cut, but they’re there in the second photo. The log is about 48” long and varies in diameter from 14” to maybe 30” at the widest point.
Fired up the old Stihl 440 Magnum with a 20” bar and got to work cutting the first slab off:
Gonna need to learn how to do this better. Cut was just ok, not great. You can see where I missed the mark a coupla times, but will use the router planer later to take it down to flat. Gave the 440 a workout, too – guess I’ll need to sharpen the chain after each cut because it was pretty dull by the time I got done with this one.
Heartwood felt a little damp to the touch (even though these logs have been on the ground for 3-4 years and I’ve had them for almost a year) after slabbing it, so suggestions on how to keep it from warping as it dries would be appreciated.
Cutting one slab was enough of a workout for this day. Hopefully will be able to get to the second one tomorrow. Goal is to get three nice 1 1/2” to 2” slabs from each of the two logs I have.
Thanks for looking.