Walnut Hall Table #2: Processing Raw Walnut

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Blog entry by johngoes posted 01-19-2009 04:17 AM 1090 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Several months ago a coworker clued me in to a craigslist walnut entry. We went and checked it out and I decided to buy two of the 5 boards. With jigsaw and bandsaw I converted two large raw walnut boards to pieces sized for the various components of the Walnut Hallway Table I’ll build. I left everything in the original 8/4 thickness and stickered them for a couple weeks until they settle into their new sizes.

Raw Walnut Boards
Raw Walnut

I set up saw horses and rollers to support the boards to cut to length. The wider board will supply a bookmatched top and side rails, the other board will supply legs and aprons.

Balmy 68 degree outdoor work in January!
First Board
Top & Aprons
Top & Aprons

I used a 1/4 inch strip of leftover plywood to screw to the board as a straightedge to run through the bandsaw. Then I trimmed the other edge from the first (since everything is cut oversized.) There’s also a pile of small pieces suitable for small turning projects. If my job withstands this year I’ll get a lathe for Christmas. (The Jet 1220 sounds like a good beginner lathe.)
Straight Edge

Stickered Walnut set to season for a few days.
Stickered Walnut

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#1 posted 01-19-2009 06:29 AM

Nice blog…love Walnut and I hope to see further blogs as this progresses into the final project : )

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#2 posted 01-19-2009 02:33 PM

I enjoy seeing posts like this as well. It is fun to follow a project from the start through completion.

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