The Gift of Walnut

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Project by jbschutz posted 07-11-2018 09:21 PM 1400 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, Please…So, a good friend asked me if I could use a hunk of walnut about 40 inches long and 7 inches across and 1 inch thick, full of knots, inclusions, cracks, etc. I said, trying not to sound too eager, that might be able to make something out of it. After some careful calculating, I decided there were a number of areas that could be salvaged….made into something.
This is the result…...5 turned pieces, each about 6 inches across….two square bowls and 3 round ones, each with design elements. I reverted to my vineyard theme for three of them and did a little simple art-deco motif on one.
The vines and lines are oak, and the grapes are koa from Hawaii. The pieces are finished with satin poly. and each has soft leather applied to the foot.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 07-11-2018 09:31 PM

it really looks fabulous. i loves the vines element and the leather on the bottom.

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#2 posted 07-11-2018 09:47 PM

Cool. at first glance I thought you just had pennies sitting in them.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 07-11-2018 10:04 PM

Yes please! I can relate! Well done my friend these are all well done and unique…..bravo!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 07-11-2018 11:29 PM

Great pieces from the good parts of that board. Very nice designs and finish!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-12-2018 05:18 AM

Great pieces,very unique

-- bambi

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#6 posted 07-12-2018 07:19 AM

John, what beautiful work. You have really let the wood speak. American Walnut, White Oak, and Koa really make a stunning combination. I like the variety of using a band sawn slot, and a table sawn slot in your inlays. Nice call. The look created by having the inset oak intersect with the turned bowl portion really is an exceptionally nice effect. It seems like the oak gets wider and then narrows. Well done.

It looks like you insert Koa dowels before you turn the pieces…is that the case? Or do you insert thinner circles of Koa later in the process? Keep turning and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 07-12-2018 12:35 PM

To answer a couple of LJ questions…..The stripes and vines are put in during the glue-up of the blank….The crossing vines are done in two steps, one glue-up per vine.
The grapes are done after the bowl is rough turned. I drill cavities with 3/8 and 1/2 inch Forstner bits in two or three layers. I cut my own plugs from thin Koa in those same sizes. I will drill 8-10 holes about 3/16 inch deep, fill those with plugs, and then, after turning those plugs flat, drill another set of overlapping holes, and filling them. A third layer may be needed to give the best look. After all the “grapes” have been installed, final turning and sanding
on the lathe brings the piece to finish-ready…...satin poly.

-- jbschutz

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#8 posted 07-12-2018 01:34 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 07-12-2018 01:49 PM

Those turned out great. (Asking myself why I don’t have friends that give me chunks of walnut).

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#10 posted 07-12-2018 05:35 PM

Great pieces from the good parts of that board. Very nice designs and finish!!


- Jim Jakosh

Great save on the cracked and warped wood.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 07-12-2018 07:27 PM

very nice work,there all just beautifully just shows no wood should be wasted,it all has a purpose.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 07-14-2018 04:31 PM

When you have walnut , you can’t miss with a project. Great looking plates!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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