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429 days ago

So I have this kiln-dried 8/4 black walnut board that’s been sitting in my garage for about 6 months now. It was one of those purchases where I saw the board, loved the figure, and the price was dirt cheap. This board is approximately 5 feet long and 7” wide. I would love to resaw it and make a nice bookmatched top for a sofa table, or two end tables. I am a bit weary, however, as it appears to be one of the outermost cuts of flat/plain sawn lumber. Here is a highly detailed image, courtesy of MS Paint :

I’m pretty sure if I resaw this piece, it’s going to be pretty unstable, as far as cupping is concerned. Thoughts?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.


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#1 posted 429 days ago

Does it show any sign of cupping currently?

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#2 posted 429 days ago

Nope. 6 months, still flat and straight as the day I bought it, it’s been just sitting there in the corner of the garage, stickered.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 429 days ago

I had an 8/4 piece of White Ash just like that. What I ended up doing was two fold:
  • I resawed several 1/4in panels for inserts, and
  • I cut vertically with or parallel to the 8/4. This basically gave me 2in wide boards that were quarter-sawn. I then glued up two wide to have my stiles, and single for my rails. It sure gave me great straight grain!

Here is the blanket chest that I built in this manner:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/70869

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 429 days ago

That’s a really nice chest, Mike. I was hoping to resaw to end up with around 3/4” boards least. I want to leave on board intact for the center of the top, and rip the other one down the middle, to create a bookmatch on either side of the center piece. Really wanted to show the figure off.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 429 days ago

I would say go for it. You’ll really never know until you’ve tried it. I did a similar thing with a very large chunk of cherry and ended up with 5 5” pieces that I glued up alternating the cup and have had 0 issues. You could cut that piece and end up swith something that looks like waves on the ocean, and in that case, I think you could still salvage the wood and Mike suggested and use for something else.

Cut it in half, let it sit for a while, see what it looks like. Plane it to thickness, wait and see. If you’re good at that point, you’re probably in the clear.

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#6 posted 429 days ago

”...Cut it in half, let it sit for a while, see what it looks like. Plane it to thickness, wait and see. ...”

Marcus makes a very important point here. WAIT. I personally waited at least a month after resawing, before running it through the planer to final thickness. Patience is a virtue here.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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