When i was working for a moving company last week destructing 50-year-old furniture for a client, I noticed, once we were in the clear sunlight, that the rails and legs were made of solid, clear, straight-grained black walnut. Instead of throwing them into the dumpster as per the absent client’s request, I brought them home. Now I have about a hundred thirty-inch long pieces of beautiful sapwood. Tell me, what is the best thing to do with them? My father is coming soon to take them to his well-equipped shop, ostensibly to plane them down of their old finish, firstly, then, whatever we like.
If you were so fortunate as to come upon this find, what would YOU do with the reclaimed wood? (one of my life-long dreams has been to make chess sets, for one thing…)
Your opinions will make a difference in what happens to the wood, so don’t be afraid to give your opinion, please.
Should I hand them over to a veneering concern and let them make the most of the wood for me?
Should I keep them solid to make the most of the fact that they are largely 1.5 inch by two inch and 1 inch by three inches?
If I do go for the chess piece option, and I don’t want a plasticky finish on them, but rather an enjoyable feelable grain, but still protected against the touch and grime, etc, what would be the best finish?
Thanks ahead of time