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Walnut that will not make it to the fire place!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by smokinj, Feb 9, 2011.

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  1. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Oh man- that's nice. I wouldn't buy it, kuzz then I'd have to get all seksy wit it.

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Should have some nice locust turning blanks coming up! You turn bowls dont you? I see a trade?
  3. Adios Pantalones

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    naw- I make pottery bowls. I know a couple of turners here- and love turned bowls, but I need another skill to learn like I need a hole in my fishtank.
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    +1 :coolsmirk: Like the rest of us,I just wish for 48hr days sometimes.Or less things on the backburner so to speak.I guess that's why coffee/tea or energy drinks were invented,6-7hrs sleep & I'm good to go another day....
  5. smokinj

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    I have a lath just need to pick it up. I think locust dishes setting on a walnut table would POP...And sexxy as I can make a chainsaw...lol
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    :coolsmile: :lol: +1
  7. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    HELLZ YEAHS! I'll be firing my kiln this weekend- I'm working full days, then come home and make pots/get ready until bed time. I love it, but man am I busy.
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    Yea me too.....
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    Are you looking to make a business out of the custom lumber thing? Could be fun, just milling choice high-end stuff.
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    Yes I have 1500 board foot or more to sell...Finding more than I can get to. Been watching what sells high and that's what I have.
    From my dads point of view the wood I have is Firewood lol But to the live edge furniture, guitar, mantel, and turner's makers it's a money maker. Will have some big slabs ready next week. This is our first week running full time and the first slab produce. Inventory starting next week should be up to a slab a day.
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    Post as many pics as you can- I think this is awesome. Seems a bit like magic that you can turn a tree into a thing of beauty like that, as old and fundamental as the process really is
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    Funny how we go full circle. Growing up I was the sanding/groom man. I finally move up to hand planer guy...lol
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    Jay,

    Can you briefly describe the process you use?

    How do you dry the wood?
  14. smokinj

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    Just depends on what it is. The board on the thread 9 months air dryed and 5 months in the wood furnace room. Ends have been trimmed to take the checks out and coated with candle wax to prevent anymore checking. Did not have a MM meter so not sure where its at there but works easy enough. Depending on what your using it for is the way you would cure it...For example most live edge furniture they like all defects to show and checking or deep cracks are a bonus. I will be running some locust that will get coated with wax and sold as mantels.

    One thing thats hard for a normal cabinet maker or finish carpenter in this sport is there is no real angles its all LIVE. Your just trying to keep it useful and preserved. Dad has ran his own cabinet Business for over 55 years it drives him nuts but he loves the look once its done. When I started out milling it was for him and it didnt turn out so well...lol

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    I know this is wrong on so many levels, but . . .

    Jay, that's a nice piece of wood you've got there. ;) :)
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    Thanks! :coolsmile:
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    We used Walnut for our Mantel. 3.5" thick, outer edge was the bark side - we decided to strip off the bark yet leave the natural "waves" and imperfections as is after a hand sanding, stain and poly. Gotta say, it is real nice looking.

    Hard to see it well from these photo's but its the best I have:

    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/66964/
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    Thats Sharp! I like the bark strip as well....
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    I should add that "striping" the bark off took some effort. We did in manually using all kinds of weapons to get it off w/o damaging the remaining face. I'll get the camara out and see if I can capture better angle that shows it off.
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    I have a couple Draw Knife's but my favorite is the one my Dad gave me its atleast 100 years old. Same design sells for well over 100.00 bucks new. Still nothing easy about it.
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    A couple different angles of the mantel

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    Beautiful looking hearth and insert Jay!

    Ray
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    Thats not mine thats GOTWOOD's...He's just showing the natural edge wood. OH AND IT IS AWESOME LOOKING!
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    That is nutty Got Wood. Looks great against that background too.

    Does it get very hot above that insert?
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