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12-06-2015 01:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut jointer plane milling veneering

Need a recommendation on the best way to proceed?

I’ve been milling the walnut limbs which are 12 inces in diameter. Used my staight edge jig and my table sled to square up the highly figured pieces. A lot of intermix between heart wood and sapwood.

My chain saw mill cut it pretty clean and straight.

Wanted to clean up the faces so I ran them over my jointer. No mater which direction I ran the piece I got some chip out? and I got it fairly flat and clean.

Thought I’d use a number 5 hand plane to clean it up some more, But it would not cut true no mater which direction I planned.

The boards are highly figured which suggests to me that I have something like a burl?

Should I turn this into veneer? Or a box?

It seems like I have to resort to sanding?

Need some input . Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 12-06-2015 01:56 AM

Tom
With highly figured wood it’s a good idea to dampen it with a sponge before you try and plane or joint it. Limbs don’t always make the best wood for projects other than perhaps for turnings.

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#2 posted 12-06-2015 02:09 AM

Jim,

Thanks for that tip. I’m playing with the materials.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-06-2015 02:11 AM

Although I don’t want to do it in winter in the shop, but would you recommend sanding over planning?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 12-06-2015 02:15 AM

I would try the dampening trick first on a power tool and if that doesn’t work and you have some aggressive sandpaper and a belt sander try that.

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#5 posted 12-06-2015 02:22 AM

Will do.

If it doesn’t work I’m getting pretty good on the bandsaw. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 12-06-2015 03:10 AM

Sounds like you have some really cool lumber. How about a picture?

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#7 posted 12-06-2015 03:32 AM

Charlie,

Have to wait un it for awhile. Will take camera out tommorrow.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 12-06-2015 03:44 AM

Sounds like you have done well to get this far Tom, especially in winter :) I look forward to seeing your photos.

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#9 posted 12-06-2015 04:30 AM

Phil,

Thanks for checking in. Winter here has been mild so far. May have something to do with the earths slight tilt when the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami occurred. 30’s and today 40’s I hope to lay some timber on the footer I poured just before it snowed.

The wood is pretty but not high contrast as I would have expected for walnut heartwood. But I’m not complaining. YET! LOL.

My wife gave me permission to buy another chainsaw. Got a factory refurbished 450 Rancher from Husqvarna. I’m taking next week off, as she is going to have surgery on her thyroid. Between drives to Mayo (3 hours each way) I hope to clean up the yard.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 12-06-2015 06:46 AM

hey doc, having some fun huh, you didn’t call me over to help, i would love to help you on these limbs, as to your tear out, try using a sharp card scraper they can work really good….

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#11 posted 12-06-2015 06:51 AM

hey there, how about a picture of the wood and your saw and mill, or if your using a cat saw, which one you using…

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#12 posted 12-06-2015 07:12 AM

Thanks Bob,

I’m planning on doing a blog for anyone interested in my “Chainsaw Mill Madness.” Or how I spent the last 6 months screwing up. Hopefully I can give a human imperfect side to milling with a chainsaw.

I have to find and sharpen those scrapers.

It’s all learning, but I’d like to also have some production other than telling Ironic Storries?

Later,

Tom

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 12-06-2015 03:26 PM

I think a card scraper is a great idea.

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#14 posted 12-06-2015 07:11 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions and your checking in even if you don’t have one.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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