|Forum topic by SirBrian||posted 1240 days ago||1273 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
1240 days ago
I have about 500 board foot of some very nice Cherry that has been air dried for over 40-50 years that range in thickness from 7/4 to 10/4(mostly 8/4). It was kept in a barn loft up until I purchased it in the mid 80’s. I also have over 300 board foot of Black walnut that came from a log that had been felled in 1911 by my Grandfather and it was cut up into boards in the early 70’s and stored in a barn loft. This is beautiful Walnut that is a deep dark chocolate purple(almost black) with some black mineral streaks(not much and only in a couple of pieces). It is very heavy and dense as compared to other walnut I have. I made a couple of end grain cutting boards last year and they came out almost black! Most pieces are over 10” inches wide and have been planed to 3/4” inch thick-all of the boards are over 12’ ft long. A couple of the pieces are live edge and 12” inches wide and 4/4. I have had this wood for over 15 years myself and it was kept inside of a climate controlled environment-moisture content is at 4-6% at the present moment.
I hope that gives you a good idea of what I have. My intentions are to keep this wood until I could find something special to build with it-to carry its story even further so to speak. This would be the perfect place to ask for ideas.
Which brings me to the problem of not knowing what to build. I have woodworking mind block! It seems the more projects I look at doing, the less I start. I cannot find a project or design a project that this wood deserves. I need some ideas of what this wood can be. I will be making a cherry, slab like, coffee table, this I know, but cannot for the life of me think of anything else. I have thought about making some tools handles out of the cut offs, but, I would also like to build some small projects that I may sell to purchase more lumber, but what? I would like to make something that is beyond the normal and outside of the box. For some reason I am clueless.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have all kinds of ideas for projects, but I do not want to build the normal.
Any ideas are good ideas!
Thank you all for such a wonderful site.
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