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02-08-2015 01:42 AM

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My dad almost cut this up into firewood. I insisted that he not. Any suggestions on cutting, caring, etc? I’m not a turner. I would like to get some short slabs out of it. Thanks jocks.

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 01:48 AM

It appears that he DID cut it into firewood. It will be too short as far as I know to cut it on a mill. You can maybe slab it with a chainsaw or a bandsaw. To fit it thru a smaller bandsaw cut it down with the chainsaw first. Normal rules for drying would apply. Use stickers to stack it evenly then use weight or straps to apply pressure which will keep it flat while it dries. You will want to seal it on the ends to try and avoid splitting at the ends.

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

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 04:44 AM

I don’t know .. it may be more trouble than it’s worth. As Bill said, the slabs will be mighty short and, therefore their usage may quite be limited. ..And then it will be a chore to slab it. Fire duty may be their future, save a few slabs.

As short as they are there’s no reason to try to keep them straight. Just put them on a shelf, separating them some for air circulation and, depending on the thickness, they’ll be ready in a year or two.

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#3 posted 02-08-2015 11:50 AM

If you have a bandsaw with that much height or a chainsaw mill you may be in luck. Personally, I would do exactly as firefight said. Saw enough off to allow you to fit under your bandsaw blade guard. Rest that saw cut edge on the bandsaw table and cut to desired thickness.

A smaller chainsaw mill may work too.

I hate seeing walnut pieces in firewood so I know what you mean. Then again I hate seeing oak, hickory, and ash too… know what? You can just give them to me. That will save you a lot of trouble.

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#4 posted 02-08-2015 02:38 PM

They look like fairly straight grain. Get a few wedges or if you have a fro or wood spliter and square them. Then split them in half and split the halves in half. Now you should have quarters that you can square and make thousands of end grain cutting boards.


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#5 posted 02-08-2015 03:24 PM

I’ll betcha that any turners in your area would love to buy a few from ya..


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#6 posted 02-08-2015 03:38 PM

My father-in-law had some walnut in the firewood he bought a couple of years ago. It was already split, but I used it for carving.

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 04:11 PM

Or you could set them aside to dry and let cracking occur naturally THEN cut them up along the crack lines you might get more interesting grain patterns that way. Walnut cut in Winter cracks less than walnut cut in Spring, Summer or Fall. I have also found that cutting on an angle reduces the amount of cracking. You have enough to try several methods so have fun experimenting – maybe you could even blog about it and report regularly on which method works best. Great save by the way.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 02-08-2015 04:37 PM

Dry it, slice it, make place mats? I’m not very imaginative.

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#9 posted 02-08-2015 05:21 PM

Learn to turn.Turning these would be great fun and don’t be afraid top do a few wet ones too they cut like butter nice big long ribbons oif wood come off. Or maybe better cut them into thinner pieces slabs to make some boxes.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 02-08-2015 05:37 PM

You want to remove the pith as soon as possible as this is where the cracking will start. They look like decent diameter so I would remove the pith by cutting 1” each side giving you quartersawn when you again split the slab through the pith. You can keep cutting slabs to the thickness you desire. Seal the end cut with anchorseal, paint, anything to prevent rapid moisture loss.
Lots of stock for jewelry boxes and many other small items. You can leave some slabs (blanks) thicker if you ever do take up woodturning (up to 5” thick).
I mainly turn now so all of those would be kept for sure.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 02-08-2015 10:02 PM

offer it up here they will be all over it!

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#12 posted 02-08-2015 10:39 PM

Thanks guys for the info so much! I think I will try a little bit of all your suggestions. I don’t have a lathe yet so that will be a while. Any suggestions on a good lathe to turn one of these large mothers? I have a small mini lathe but I haven’t even turned it on – was given to me.

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#13 posted 02-08-2015 10:53 PM

Definitely split into halves or quarters. The size will be fine for smaller projects – and there are plenty of those!

The drying time depends on how small you split it up. Use a jig for flattening – either bandsaw or table saw based.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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