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Forum topic by bannerpond1 posted 04-22-2015 10:04 PM 995 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2015 10:04 PM

I bought a pallet of rejected hardwood blanks for gun stocks. About one third is common maple, one third figured maple, and one third walnut. Here’s photo of a walnut blank which has an edge with birdseye or burl. I’m not sure which one is technically correct. What really surprised me was the quilted figure in the walnut. These blanks cost me about $1.01 per board foot. They’re just right for resawing into pieces just right for boxes. What a find! The figured maple alone was worth it. Now I’m finding high grade walnut, too!

-- --Dale Page

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#1 posted 04-22-2015 10:05 PM

The photo did not post with the above text.

-- --Dale Page

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#2 posted 04-22-2015 10:40 PM

Neat, looks great. Could you wipe on some alcohol or mineral spirits and take a picture? I’m curious what it looks like finished.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 04-22-2015 11:09 PM

Dale, if you have more than enough, how about stuffing some in a big flat rate box and sending it my way? :D

-- Art

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#4 posted 04-23-2015 05:02 AM

That’s some pretty nice chatoyance for walnut. I have a piece thats similar to that which came from the base near the roots. Hopefully the grain direction doesn’t give you too much problems. I’d love to see the final result and progress pictures.

I often think about making a gun stock. Maybe i’ll start with some 1911 grips.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 04-24-2015 11:25 AM

Bobasaurus, I wonder if these spots come from small burls. I’ve noticed around here that really big maples produce fist-sized burls. This blank is mostly sapwood. The little bit of heartwood was sawn off to get it squared. This is the best photo I could get with my iPhone:

-- --Dale Page

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#6 posted 04-24-2015 11:29 AM

Just had an unassembled guitar come into my shop for final assembly. The owner wants some things he feels he cannot handle.
The guitar had quilted walnut on the top. Looked just like what you have there. He had put a butchered up French Polish finish on it and I get to repair it and assemble it. But the wood is absolutely beautiful. Great find!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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