Milling 3" Black Walnut Slabs for fireplace mantels

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Blog entry by Matt Pec posted 10-19-2010 03:13 PM 5193 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ll be milling some 6’ long Black Walnut today for a customer who’s interested in fireplace mantels. Pics to follow. I’m thrilled…it’s been awhile since I’ve cut anything 3” or thicker.

Okay, several hours later and I’m done with the milling. Pics are coming up shortly. I ended up with (2) 12/4 slabs 6’ long, 8-11” wide and (1) 5/4 board that was all I could salvage from the remainder of the log. Hope you like em!

First pic…setting up the flat surface for the first, straight, level cut. Second is the log after the first leveling cut. Third is that first slab produced. Fourth is the log after one slab taken. Fifth is the two bookmatched slabs. Last is all three pieces together.

-- hswoodcutting, "Catchy sayings are fun but I'm in it for the wood."

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 02:58 AM

Beautiful wood!

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 11:23 PM

Beautiful !! I wish i had the know how and equipment to mill my own wood.

-- Salem, New York "Find something you love to do and you will never have to work another day of your life"

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 04:12 PM

Hey Anthony…if you can operate a chainsaw, you can cut your own lumber. I got my unit for UNDER $200. (Of course you have to have a saw too.) It clamps right onto the chainsaw bar and is very stable. I didn’t bother buying the “optional brackets” for making the first top cut, instead I just use a piece of cheap, straight lumber and make a first cut with that. I know it sounds like a lot of work but imagine having all the wood you have time to cut (and dry)’s addicting. Here’s a link that demonstrates the mill:

-- hswoodcutting, "Catchy sayings are fun but I'm in it for the wood."

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