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Forum topic by hairy posted 11-03-2010 05:22 PM 2696 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2010 05:22 PM

A few months back , a friend gave me 3 big firewood size pieces of walnut. It wasn’t in real good shape, a lot of rot, but I did get some usable lathe stock.

A few days ago he asked if I wanted more. That’s like asking a drowning man if he wants a life jacket.

His father has a large walnut tree that they are taking down. These pieces are 2 limb pieces I cut up.

What they have left standing is the main trunk, probably 20 feet tall x 3 feet across at the base. There is a section of rot in the center, not sure how much until it’s cut into.

I suggested that he call a sawmill. Maybe someone will pay him for it.

I have a spindle blank of the earlier wood that I’m speed drying in the microwave. I want to have a gift ready when I go back.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 08:38 PM

Wow!!! If you’ve got a bandsaw, some of these would be great to lumber up…. I see boxes, n boxes n stuff

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 08:58 PM

This looks like great stuff.

Be advised that limb pieces often have some inherent stress in them because of how they supported weight when they were on the tree. Give it time for this stress to neutralize before doing much with the wood.

The best wood always comes from the trunk. It’s too bad you can’t find a way to harvest that. If you can cut it down, there are portable mills that will come to your location and cut it up. At least there are where I live. The normal cost (for me) is 30ยข /bf plus a flat rate to cover travel to and from the site.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 12:11 AM

I’ll be down to get my share soon, Haha

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 12:27 AM

Come on down!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 02:29 AM

Thats some walnut.

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 02:47 AM

walnut is great.

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 02:57 AM

Woo Hoo! Walnut fest!

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 03:01 AM

hhmmmmm….Cincinnati is not that far away. Cut her down and mill it up..I’m gettin in my truck…

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 07:49 AM

Great wood score. Hopefully you can get the trunk also. Walnut is also my favorite.


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#10 posted 11-09-2010 05:07 PM

Wish I had a friend with a walnut tree he was cutting down. looks like great stuff. Enjoy it and how is walnut to turn? Jerry

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#11 posted 11-09-2010 06:43 PM

Hairy, I have to confess, I have never seen a walnut tree cut up like your photo shows, but we don’t have much for hardwoods here…do you count poplar?

Only walnut I see are the rough boards in the wholesalers.

Very interesting, looks like a chocolate ice cream center…

P.S. for Jerryo: Walnut is very easy and enjoyable to turn…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 11-09-2010 07:03 PM

Walnut is great stuff to turn.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#13 posted 11-09-2010 10:46 PM

wow.. awesome, I could only wish…

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#14 posted 11-10-2010 01:07 AM

great deal. We scored some great walnut a little while back and boy that walnut stuff is great!!!

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