|Forum topic by hansman1982||posted 11-18-2013 08:52 PM||1454 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
11-18-2013 08:52 PM
This weekend my Dad informed me that 25-30 years ago he sawed down and had milled a hickory (correction, walnut) tree with the lumber sitting in the barn since then. WIth this revelation I now have a dillema, what in the hell to do with the material.
There is about 25-30 linear feet of 1x and 2x (25-30 together, not 50-60 altogether) along with another 25-30 linear feet of “live” (bark removed though) edge lumber that varies greatly in thickness and width (one piece would be a good coffee table top and another would make a good wall decoration). Out of one of the live edge pieces I could probably get a 4” cube for turning.
I didn’t notice any significant warping, cuping, twisting or splits (one of the nice 2×10 (a short 10” (I didn’t have a tape measure with me) had a split that didn’t go all the way through for about 6-7”).
I have never worked with walnut before and I had never even priced it but after looking around it seems that it might just make sense to buy a 12” planer and explore the possibility of milling the wood to get s4s and either selling the wood or making something out of it.
What I don’t want to have happen is take the wood out of the barn and have it split all over, warp, twist, woodmageddon and ruin I don’t even know how many dollars worth of wood. I am fairly new to woodworking and this wood has sentimental value so I sure as hell don’t want to ruin it after it has survived the last 30 years plus the who knows how long of growing on my family farm.
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