"Walnut Cliff Hanger Wrap Up"

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Blog entry by sw_iowa_sawyer posted 05-13-2009 06:46 PM 1027 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry it took me so long but it has been a busy week or so.
For those who are keeping track still no turkey dinner they apparently are smarter then they appear.
Here is how the log sat when I returned to finish it last night.

I decided to turn the log over as the first side had a couple of knots and I thought the other side may yield better lumber. I like to try and cut it as wide as the log will allow as you can always cut a board smaller but glue ups are time consuming when building a project.
The first thing I did was remove the flare at the log end as it was hampering the guide as I rolled by.

One side done then roll the log (well cant now)

Then the other. That gave me a nice squared up walnut cant. It was now time to make a choice, the log had not yielded the crotch I thought it might (you really never know to you crack it open) so I compared all 4 sides and decided which side would produce the best lumber. I tried this way first but it looked to me that I would end up with wide boards with a couple of knots in places that would effect the practical use of the lumber.

So I ended up going at it from this angle.

And I just keep going until I get the the last board.

The boards end up narrower but the quality is higher since the knots end up at the boards edge and can be removed in the next step.

Edging always a pain but it makes good square lumber.
So what I ended up with is roughly a 150 bdft of walnut. I didn’t get the figured walnut I hoped for but several of the boards are 16” wide and I didn’t hit any metal with the doublesharp so that is a good day.
Here is the stacked walnut

Here is a shot of the one of the boards.

And a final close up

All in all not a bad log. It will air dry for a while and then go into one of my kilns, after that I have no clue but it will make good walnut lumber for some project.

I hope you all enjoyed the “Cliff Hanger Walnut Adventure”

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 06:54 PM

bout dang time ya cut that thing! Thanks for the play by play, it was interesting even though it was a nail bitter!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 07:08 PM

I’ve stayed home all this time waiting. LOL Looks like great wood

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 10:00 PM

Thanks for posting the pictures of sawing your walnut log. I find this fascinating. I would like to be able to do something like this myself, but there are not enough hours in the day, nor enough money in the bank account.

I look forward to more of your posts.

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 10:34 PM

Good series. Definitely fun to follow.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 05-14-2009 03:20 AM

Great looking Walnut. Love to have some with that much grain feature in it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 05-14-2009 05:28 AM

drooling and envious

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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