|Project by cronk||posted 04-03-2007 04:49 PM||1900 views||1 time favorited||22 comments|
One of my favorite nieces asked me to build her a blanket chest which I have finally finished. Now – how to get it to in New York ? May take a bit but have a plan.
The Black Walnut used in this project came from a tree my friend Don Bird and I cut down in 1987. Can’t remember why the farmer wanted it cut. Don had his dump truck, backhoe and we had several chainsaws. The tree was 62 inches in diameter and was about 75 feet tall and a massive crown spreading 40 feet across. the trees age was 98 years which put its birth date in 1889.
We cut all the branches off and cut them into usable lengths for later sawing into lumber.Some of them were 24 to 30 inches in diameter. After all the limbs were removed we had this main stem standing 14 – 15 feet in the air. We decided it would be easier to quarter this chunk standing rather than lying on the ground as we couldn’t handle it in one piece. Anyhow Don had his big saw with a 60 inch bar so I climbed in to the backhoe bucket and he raised me up as high as he could and I preceded to saw the trunk into quarters and we then cut these off at ground level.
Later that summer, as time permitted we sawed it into lumber and stacked it up to dry.
I lined the bottom of the chest with Tennessee Red Cedar that my brother in Oklahoma brought me which he swapped for some walnut.
-- cronk, oregon