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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 06-07-2014 09:28 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-07-2014 09:28 PM

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Found a real nice deal on walnut, was just going to make some chisel handles and a cutting board. But when I saw these sticks in person many had gorgeous figure to them, so I bought the best I could find. Ended up with 10 sticks. Ain’t gonna use all that on just handles. All are about 2” x 3” and the lengths are between 3-5 feet. These photos are of the edge grain, not the face:

1.) The 2”x3” dimension is throwing me off trying to think of stuff to make. I thought of a table top but I didn’t know if gluing many skinny boards would not look as good as a few wider ones? Anyone have photos or links or ideas to help a useless imagination?

2.) Like I said, the figure really shows up well on the edge grain – does that translate to the faces after planing them flat? It would make for a super cutting board, though.

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 10:32 PM

That is nice

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 10:36 PM

Consider re sawing them and book matching. You could get two book matched sets from each piece. That’s a total of twenty four inches of width. Better yet, resaw down to 1/4. Laminate/veneer over some sapwood.

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 11:02 PM

Had thought about that, Bucket, and it’s probably my best bet. Could get some nice table legs, too. Think I need to flip through some furniture books.

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 11:04 PM

I’m in a similar situation, ended up with a bunch of 2”x4” walnut. I was planning on a table top myself with them.

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#5 posted 06-08-2014 12:22 AM

Mmmm, walnut sticks. I need some for a project 3-4 projects from now.

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#6 posted 06-08-2014 06:02 PM

I did a lot of projects for a client using walnut boards, and had a bunch of rip cuts left over, around 1 3/4” in width, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away, so I thought about a piece of furniture, that mainly used stick building, and miniature, pie safes came to mind. With some small walnut cutoff boards for the drawer and top, I was able to use all the sticks for the door and side panel frames.

here is an example of using those sticks.
Hope this can spark some ideas for you.


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#7 posted 06-08-2014 06:09 PM

I’d consider making a veneer from them and use it for drawer fronts for a special cabinet or panels for a door. It would look great, especially with a non-yellowing finish.

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