What should I make with this raw material?

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Blog entry by HalDougherty posted 12-12-2011 07:25 PM 6075 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got some small pieces of wood that are left over from making blanks to carve gunstocks. They are too nice to burn and a little too small for bigger projects.

The walnut strip is 11 3/4” in length, 3 5/8” tall and 1 7/8” wide. It could be used for a tea candle holder, or a clock face could be inletted into the face, or it could be cut into 1/4” thick sections to carve pistol grips. If anyone has other ideas, I’m open to suggestions.

The end grain walnut log section is 12” in diameter and 1 1/2” thick. The log it was cut from was only 2’ long, so it wasn’t big enough to do much with. I cut a few 2” sections to see if they would dry without cracking and I kept a 16” section to use at my sawmill for a stool. This disc looks like it would make a great end grain cutting board, or it could be a candle base for a large candle, or a clock face could be installed and it could be a wall hanging. Again, any ideas will be appreciated.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 07:31 PM

Oh man. Anything. It’s gorgeous.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 07:41 PM

I’d say to just hang on to them until the mood strikes you. You’ll know what to make at that time.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 08:44 PM

You could cut it up and use it for pistol grips, or maybe knife scales. Or maybe turn some pens, or a peppermill perhaps. Also, you’ve made some nice planes. This piece could make a nice looking plane as well. As for the large disk, it would make a nice looking clock, but I might just hang onto it until something strikes you like DS251 said.

-- Matt -

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 08:51 PM

Business card holder for the small piece.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 08:00 AM

I see a nice Nut / Chip bowl out of the large piece… Beautiful!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 08:08 PM

I would make the small one into a clock, and leave the natural edge on it.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 12-14-2011 02:00 AM

I use pieces like that as veneer on picture frames. I cut it to 1/4’’ thick. I get a little more “mileage” out the gnarly grained pieces that way and make some interesting frames.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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