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jswalters

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10-18-2014 05:25 PM

Hi All,

While I am a turner and I am turning some platters for my cousins wedding next year, she has asked me if I can come up with 10” – 12” by 1 1/4” rings of trees with bark still on to be used as center peices for her wedding reception. She would like them clean with a clear finish on them and while cracks are OK, she doesn’t want any gapping cracks.

I am not sure where to find such a thing. I do nto have have the equipment to cut them myself however I can finish them

Anyone know where I can get something like this either by mail or in the S.E. Michigan area? Dried would be prefered however I can dry them myself with Denatured Alcohol.

I need 15 – 20.

Jeff


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mudflap4869

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#1 posted 10-18-2014 05:47 PM

Prevent the outer rings from drying faster than the inner rings as this is what causes checking. keep the outer part moist while the alcohol dries the inner part. Work outward over time to dry it.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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WDHLT15

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 01:14 AM

js,

I cut some today in fact. Black walnut. 1 1/2” thick. The large sap ring makes them especially nice as you get a nice color contrast. Wish you were closer. They are right at 12” in diameter. I plan to sell them for $7 each. One Lady wants 30. I have enough logs to do 300.

I could ship them to you, but it would cost about $1.00/pound, and these will weigh about 6 pounds each. I suspect that you can come out better locally.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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Matt Rogers

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 01:07 AM

I can cut them for you as well. Same price as WD would be fine and is similar to what I did locally for wedding favors this fall. I cut them on a large bandsaw with the log held in a sled so the cut is pretty smooth, but I can also sand them for $1/face on my stroke sander (need both sides sanded $2/slice). I will be cutting down some hickory and some oak in a day or two that could be used. I have some dry slices, but not 15-20 in that size and some don’t have bark, so would have to cut new ones. Ships from NY. Let me know.

-- Matt Rogers, http://www.cleanairwoodworks.com and http://www.cleanairyurts.com

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EPJartisan

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#4 posted 10-22-2014 03:46 PM

oooo.. thats a nice disk of walnut there, Dan.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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WDHLT15

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#5 posted 10-23-2014 12:53 AM

The pretty yellow inner bark ring did not stay yellow, turned brown. Shucks!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#6 posted 10-23-2014 01:43 AM

Funny how much different that looks than the walnut I have around here..

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 10-23-2014 02:05 AM

Still neat Danny and will look great with some finish. How do,you mean MO? If you’re talking about dry lumber, that picture i believe is green wood.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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WDHLT15

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#8 posted 10-23-2014 11:51 AM

Yes, it is green wood. I actually planed that piece, and it turned out very nice. But since it was wet, after I planed the cookie, I took a leaf blower and dried out all the rollers and spiral head to avoid any potential rust.

Aggravating to plane them, but it sure makes them much prettier that the cut with the sawmill.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#9 posted 10-23-2014 05:15 PM

Different in that mine has much less sapwood.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#10 posted 10-23-2014 05:17 PM

The heartwood on that looks more blackish than mine too.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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Dallas

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#11 posted 10-23-2014 05:46 PM

WDHLT15….. A medium flatrate box will hold 2 of those cookies.

Medium Flatrate:
ID: 11.875” x 3.375” x 13.625” = $12.65

Large Flatrate:
ID: 23-11/16” x 11-3/4” x 3” (or) 12” x 12” x 5-1/2” = $17.90

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KCConst

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#12 posted 10-23-2014 06:12 PM

I’m in MO too and have walnut from a couple locations. Some of the “richest” walnut (almost purple black dark) came from up around Louisiana, Missouri which is along the Mississippi River. I agree that I have never seen that much sap wood in a walnut tree.

-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#13 posted 10-24-2014 12:30 AM

I’m familiar with Louisiana, MO actually. Played a high school football game up there back in the day.

That’s what I was saying on my walnut thread a week or so ago. I just haven’t seen sapwood more than 3/4”. I’ve seen it often at around 1/2”. My buddy just had some live edges sawn from a 15” diameter walnut and it looks amazing.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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WDHLT15

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#14 posted 10-24-2014 01:06 AM

I think that the large sapwood ring makes this tree perfect for cookies. Trees are like people. They are all different. Some have wider sap rings than others. Actually, I like sap rings and sapwood in walnut. Many people only want the dark heartwood. They don’t want the sapwood. I call them sapwood snobs.

Color, contrast, and uniqueness can be beauty.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#15 posted 10-24-2014 01:34 AM

Oh don’t get me wrong I’m not saying one is better than the other. I agree, this is why I like live edges. Yes, I’ll be working with heartwood slabs, but I love the contrast that live edges bring. Looks really cool on those cookies too.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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