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Forum topic by garlandkr posted 10-06-2014 10:56 PM 956 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2014 10:56 PM

I’m in the process of allocating wood for what is to be my first large scale (to me) woodworking project. I am also on a schedule to finish before Thanksgiving so that everyone can make use of this table. I plan on using Walnut for every part of the table and wanted to get advice on a typical thickness and finish to use on the piece.

I went to a local lumber mill and picked out three decent size pieces (5/4 8” wide by 72” long) for testing out some joints and oil finishes. One of the things that I found after jointing and planing was that none of these boards seem to match up well enough to be considered for the top piece. One looks like heartwood and the other two have some sapwood throughout. I really don’t want any sapwood to appear on the top piece so I’ll probably use these on another project. Lessons are being learned as I go.

What is some advice you can give me in regards to picking out pieces that will match up well together and how much waste should I account for in terms of thickness, width and length?

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 11:06 PM

Depending on the size of the table top, using boards from one much larger board helps with the grain being consistent. Also finding book matched pieces, or boards all cut from the same log really helps as well.

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 11:22 PM

I agree with Richard. See if you can find boards from the same flitch. Book matching will give you matching grain for the middle of the table. My local lumber yard will run a thicker board through their horizontal band saw for a nominal price. And occasionally they can root around and get me boards from the same flitch. :). Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 01:16 PM

Thanks for the tips. Are there any concerns I should have when working with Walnut in regards to movement over time or types of oil that take well to it? So far it seems like the kind of wood that won’t move as much.

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