Walnut lumber I purchased and some milling #1: Some photos of the walnut I bought

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 06-02-2008 12:33 AM 3861 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, a while ago I asked for some advice about buying walnut lumber. I promised to post a few pictures of what I purchased but I had soem camera issues. It has probably been 2 months now, and I’ve seen some much more impressive photos of raw lumber posted, particularly from Darren, but I’m finally going to post what I was able to get.

First is a photo of some of the raw lumber. This is probably 3/4 of what I bought. The other quarter I have posted below after cleaning it up some. The lumber was apparently sitting covered for about 10+ years. It is pretty ugly as you can see. I pulled the stuff that is the most warped aside to use first, as you can see, some are pretty bad and I don’t have a jointer )-: (Note: there are 2 small pieces of cherry, 1 of padauk, and 1 of lacewood on top. I forgot to move this before the picture, but they are so covered in walnut dust anyway, maybe you wouldn’t have noticed)

rough lumber

side photo

As you can see, the outside is pretty bad. The inside wasn’t too bad overall and was actually really nice in some spots. To get to it, I needed to plane of the top. I don’t have a handplane, plus it would be a lot of work, so I will use my power planer. All the dirt on the lumber probably would have killed my blades, so I shaved off the top layer with the badsaw. I also took off the sides with the circular saw. HEre are some scraps.


After cutting off the really bad stuff, I sent it through the planer. I ended up with a lot of shavings, especially considering I cut off so much bad stuff. I ended up with almost a full trash bad of shavings. I feel bad throwing it in the trash, but I can’t really think of another good use for it since I can’ compost it. I also think I’m going to need some new blades soon. I’ve been cutting a lot of material and they are definitely not what they used to be. This is the best I could get the boards to this weekend though. Not too bad in my opinion.


milled walnut

I’m planning to build a sanding supply cabinet with these boards. I’ll have a lot more milling to do to get a consistent thickness to build the walls and front door frames. The doors will be made with cherry plywood.

One last note:
Thanks to everyone that posts their blogs. They have been so helpful to me. After doing this, I’ve learned they are fun, but they do take some extra thought to be snapping some pictures and to prepare the write-up. It is apprecaited.

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#1 posted 06-02-2008 12:59 AM

those are some pretty good boards you’ve got there. thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 06-02-2008 01:10 AM

Looks like that wood cleaned up real pretty. I’m not sure a sanding supply station is the way to go, I see some really nice boxes and an end table or two in that there lumber. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 06-02-2008 01:16 AM

I’ll be honest, some looks better than it is. on the backs of these, a lot have sapwood. Not that sapwood is bad (Daren Nelson has made some cool stuff using heartwood and sapwood together), but the sapwood on this is real soft (as in I could break off pieces with my finger. Because the back has so much transitional color, a lot actually looks grey.

Thats why I’m thinking to build a cabinet with this stuff. The rest that is in my pile (yet to be milled) will probably go towards furniture. Not 100% sure of what yet, but I’m working on it. It’s just getting too hot for the shop in a hurry. We’ll see. Thanks for the comments!

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#4 posted 06-02-2008 03:17 AM

Great looking wood Thanks for the pic’s

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#5 posted 06-02-2008 03:22 AM

You did a good job of cleaning up this stack of lumber. I see some gorgeous walnut in there. It looks like your are going to have some nice wood to work with.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 06-02-2008 03:45 AM

Well since my name was brought up. The difference between my sapwood and what I see on that is ring count and size. Most of that was milled from small trees (maybe branches ? from the wandering pith and bowed boards) The sapwood breaking off tells me it laid before it was milled and started to rot, the heartwood will not nearly as fast. But what you skip planed looks unique and interesting. The hard part is done, it is dry and mostly in one piece…now go build something!

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#7 posted 06-03-2008 04:43 AM

Thanks guys. NExt weekend, I’ll try to make some more progress but I’ve been neglecting the house to work in the garage. I’ll see if I can get in a few minutes to make some more progress.

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#8 posted 06-26-2008 06:16 AM

If you had some 2×2 squares, I see 2 walnut end tables in this pic!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 07-31-2008 07:01 PM

Great looking wood

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#10 posted 12-09-2010 04:10 AM

Nice looking boards.

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