Walnut Root Ball

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Forum topic by BurlyB posted 08-16-2010 04:09 AM 4221 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2010 04:09 AM

I recently took down a black walnut tree while clearing a canal, roots and all. I cut the root ball off and brought it back to the shop, pressure washed it, and split it in half with a chain saw. I want to process it on our woodmizer mill and make a simple communion table for our church. Does anyone have any ideas for this project and an idea for what I can do with the rest of the root ball. I will post some pictures of it tomorrow.

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 07:51 AM

Any pieces you can cut into turning blanks would be a good idea.


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#2 posted 08-16-2010 02:27 PM

Cut some 2 1/2” thick for gunstock material. Me sawing a rootball

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 04:02 PM

Some fabulous looking grain in the wood and one of my favorites. I think the gun stocks would go for a premium with gun makers for sure.


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#4 posted 11-25-2012 02:04 PM

Part of the reason that walnut is favored for gun stocks is that it is a very stable wood. That last thing you need is a piece of wood that warps and throws off your sights every time there is a change in the weather.

I recently pulled this cherry root—with 5’ log out of a ditch. Can’t wait to cut into it with my band sawmill!

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#5 posted 11-25-2012 03:19 PM

Ditto Scrappy.

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