More Walnut Work

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Project by robscastle posted 04-02-2016 08:38 AM 1657 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This time its European Walnut courtesy of LLWW, AKA Degoose, AKA Larry.
Its about 400mm x 450mm x 25 to 30mm thick finished.

Here is the slab in its natural rough state, you may possibly not even bother a second look with it considering the splits/checks and damage present.
However I do know what lurks beneath the surface.

A shot of the split/check I was unable to machine out

I used a homemade milling seup to flatten the piece

And a planner bit and extender to do all the work.

The timber was flattened as above then sanded to 320 G. Edges rounded over, some Finger grips routed in and rubber feet fitted and its time for finishing coat.

The final finish was with arcylic clear gloss.
What you see is the timber enhanced only with the finish.

P.S I originally posted this as:- Queensland Walnut but after talking to Larry he confirmed it was in fact European Walnut.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 04-02-2016 09:00 AM

That’s gorgeous, Rob. None of us would’ve noticed the repair, had you not told us about it.

Normal people look at a tree/shrub/bush (SLAB) and think Pretty tree (I know what lurks inside). Woodsmith thinks I wonder what’s in there.

I’ve never seen such a bit. You’ve wrinkled my brain. Welcome to the ever-widening circle of those who’ve done that.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 04-02-2016 09:53 AM

That’s come up a treat Rob….

Question please…Were did you get the fancy router bit, thank you..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 04-02-2016 10:55 AM

The Planer bit is a CARB-I-TOOL product TSS 13 1/2
Page 27 of their catalogue

One on ebay at the moment

Be aware its “old” and you can now buy ones with replaceable cutting tips.

Page 41 of their catalogue

Not sure of the cost but expect $80 +

As you can see its quite big and not the sort of item you would want to drop on the concrete driveway.
I only removed about a steel rules worth of material each time once I got the cupping out, no where near the 9.5mm depth of the cutter.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 04-02-2016 11:53 AM

Rob, the shape you cut accentuates the figure beautifully. Nicely done!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 04-02-2016 12:29 PM

Hmm, I’m liking that planer bit !

Nice job on the slab. This isn’t the same one you put the food grinder on is it?

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 01:12 PM

Great finish Rob. Love the grain.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 04-02-2016 08:13 PM

That is a COOL router bit… Never have seen one before…

COOL work!

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#8 posted 04-02-2016 08:53 PM

Great shape you choose,wood looks great as well.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#9 posted 04-02-2016 09:49 PM

Thanks everybody for the comments, .... completely unexpected I must say,
Some feed back as a result.

The shape was dictated by the original raw form the natural curve on the left hand side which was duplicated on the right to provide symetery. The overall length was reduced to avoid most of the damage at the top right but as you can see in picture No 3 a small section still remains to provide a bit of its natural feature, I am not sure what it is/was, possibly some sort of borer or wood worm regardless it/they must have had tungsten teeth as it in the hardest part of the Walnut!

Yes its the same timber that I posted as a split repair blog, and its intention was directed mainly at the split repair.
It was shown there with sealer on it only, and it was only after I completed the finishing coat I thought it looked so nice I decided to post it as a completed project. In hindsight with all members comments and the additional info added I should have done a more complete construction post, but Hey you never know if its seen as just more boring wood work “stuff”

The router planer bit and extender I have had since I made the mango top tables circa 2008 which was before I had joined LJs so there is no post on them from memory, I have only ever seen another one and that was when I met Degoose at the Brisbane wood expo and he had the replaceable tip one as above or similar set up in his Torque Workcenter doing slabbing work, the friendship and interst in wookwork developed from there and continued today.

Next time I post a “boring ” project I will think twice about it and “sell” it first up.

Thanks agin everybody !!

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 04-02-2016 11:57 PM

Walnut is a beautiful wood.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 04-03-2016 04:09 AM

ok so what is this besides a slab of walnut?not trying to kill the party but not sure what im looking at!sorry.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 04-03-2016 06:32 AM

Hello Pottz are you a friend of Mark Wilson?

You look Familiar

Anyway its as you can see its a slab of Walnut, and as a few other woodworkers appreciated its nothing more than that, simply a slab of Walnut.

I am not sure just exctly what you expected, its just a bit of timber identified by me as having potential to look quite attractive, (well in my mind anyway) there is no party, there are no prizes, no gimicks nothing to buy, just a bit of timber.

What was it made for ?
Well it was made for primarly because I like working with wood and secondly a friend gave it to me, at least I think he did as I do not remember paying any money to him for it.

Just a minute and I will check

Ring Ring
Degoose answers: Hello Mr xxx what can I do for you
Me: hey you remember the pieces of Walnut you gave me?
Degoose: Yes what about them?... I see you made some nice projects with them.
Me: Did you sell them to me?
Degoose: No you mug we traded then for other services what’s your problem do you have Altzimers ?
Me: No it was just a fellow LJ was asking why I posted a piece.
Degoose: OK … I hear my CNC and Laser calling.

Its final role well it could be used as a Salad Master Machine base.

Otherwise like all the other bits of woodwork I do, it could just go out in the council clean up!

That is all you are looking at nothing more ! as the title says just more Walnut work.

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 04-03-2016 05:25 PM

ok rob fair enough,i gotta say you did a great job making it what it became.gotta get one of those planer bits.and no relation to mark.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 04-05-2016 04:53 AM

Thanks Pottz, its certainly no “Coffee Table” thats for sure

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 04-21-2016 10:44 PM


Great work!!!!! The finish is superb…...Splendid effort and attention to detail.

Thanks for telling me about the Ring Master on L J Site, I’ll check it out when I get a chance.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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