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Forum topic by strgzr posted 11-14-2009 05:12 AM 1106 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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strgzr

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11-14-2009 05:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut solid clear turning veneering finishing

Hi,
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
strgzr


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#1 posted 11-14-2009 05:25 AM

Sounds like you stumbled onto a great stash of turning stock!

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker. http://llarian.etsy.com

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#2 posted 11-14-2009 06:32 AM

One vote for the turning of something…There is so much stock I could feasibly match up closely matching boards and turn out larger pieces than chess pieces…but I am so much taken by the chess set idea..would you stain them, or keep their original chocolate? Which finish? anyone know?

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#3 posted 11-14-2009 06:39 AM

I don’t think the pieces of wood would be of any interest to a veneer slicer. They wan’t long and wide pieces. When making veneer they can only cut to about 1” in thickness left. They use that inch to hold the wood in the slicer.

If it is real expensive veneer then they might use a backerboard and glue it to the wood being cut into veneer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 06:59 AM

Hmmm, as far as the veneer goes, that is really only a brain fart about not wasting valuable resources by maximizing the yeild of the wood..kind of a ‘responsible” thing to do, hopefully..but I do see your point. It is better to first attempt to make use of the length and width of the stock to make “claw and ball” style legs for such things a s coffee tables, then use what isn’t used for chess pieces, and then finally, veneered by hand , square, by square, to construct chess boards.
still trying to think of how to make the absolute most of this and not let one single sliver go to waste.

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 07:02 AM

I forgot to say thank-you for the info, Karson, that was indeed valuable information to know…pointless to approach a veneerer. Very good. TY.

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 07:16 AM

I believe that they slice or peel veneers from green wood-...aka… fresh logs , but you can make your own if you have a bandsaw . Do you have any pictures of your score ? I’m just a little bit confused by your claim that it is sapwood and then you say that it is chocolate brown and then you ask if you should stain it ???
If the pieces are 30” long , personally I would make some beautiful table legs and tops from them and then a whole bunch of other items and save the scraps for turning your chess pieces from. My personal favorite finish on Black Walnut is Waterlox.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 11-14-2009 07:31 AM

Actually, I’m not sure which is which, heartwood or sapwood, just that one is much paler than the other. my find is the dark chocolate variety, mostly. There are some pieces in there which are really quite white, and I was wondering why they would mix some random white wood in with the walnut, and then I realized it may be the white portions of the wood, whichever that is…So I kept those, too. Waterlox, eh?..i will mention the product to my father, thank-you very much for your advice. I am still listening, and will continue listening.
Joining pieces butt-end on butt-end..is difficult to imagine without there being a division line which would be ugly. Otherwise, my table tops would be limited in length to thirty inches. Would you suppose a floor-board pattern would be acceptable for a larger table-top?

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 08:18 AM

Sorry , I should have stated items such as end tables . You can pretty much do as you please with your own projects and supplies. Heartwood is usually darker than Sapwood on most trees like Cherry and Walnut . Best wishes on your projects : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 01:23 PM

Sounds like a bunch of frame stock to me. Kinda narrow to do glued up panels but could look alright.

At the shop we end up with so much of this stuff we don’t know what to do with it. I’ve suggested we find a retiree to come in and just let him (or her) have at it. Make and sell whatever and just give us a percentage of the profit for the material.

I’d say do the chess thing with all the best, then make wineracks, end tables, etc. out of the rest.

The white part is sap wood.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#10 posted 11-15-2009 12:10 AM

The inventory is as follows, in inches:
Width, Depth, Length, Quantity
2”, 1”, 21-3/8”, 50
1-15/16”, 1- 9/16”, 28-3/16”, 33
1-1/2 ”, 1-1/4”, 28-1/4”, 73
2-3/4”, 1-1/8”, 30”, 18
2-3/4”, 1-1/8 ”, 30”, 20
2”, 1”, 33-1/3”, 1
1-7/8”, 1”, 45-1/8”, 1
2-3/4 ”, 1”, 53”, 1
2-3/8”, 1”, 81”, 1

Not bad, eh?

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