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Project by recycle1943 posted 03-08-2020 08:54 PM 1034 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several months ago while making bowl material I had this piece of what looked like a burl or a limb configuration on the end of a walnut board that I was cutting up. I deliberately didn’t throw it away because it had such a neat looking swirly appearance.
Well, the other day I finally got tired of moving it around. It was only just tad over 5” wide so I took a chance and took it to the band saw. I didn’t have too much faith in the outcome because I knew that wood like this was harder to cut than normal wood.
I didn’t even change the 3/16” blade that was already on the saw and had been used quite a bit cutting some 5/4 sycamore for bowls.
To my great surprise I ended up with a fairly nice piece of walnut and it only took a few light passes thru the planer to clean it up.
When I saw the tree, I knew I had won the battle so I glued it together, cleaned it up again on the planer and put it in the oven. Ten ounces of resin and 14 hours later I decide it would be framed with walnut. The frame looked a lot lighter before I started applying finish but by now it was too late to change.
So after 5 coats of poly on the frame, front and back and 3 coats on the back of the tree I called it complete. I’m going to put picture hangers and wire on it and give it to our neighbor for her birthday – she is somewhat of an artist and I think she will like it.
Almost forgot, the size is 11” x 17” with a 1” thick frame
The second picture is of the back side

Thanks for looking and please point out my mistakes, ‘cause I know they are there.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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#1 posted 03-08-2020 09:09 PM

A walnut Christmas Tree, Cool. BTW – nice work.

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#2 posted 03-08-2020 09:19 PM

You got to love walnut crotch grain like that. It’s absolutely stunning. I’ve got a couple of pieces that I too am looking forward to resawing and bookmatching.

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#3 posted 03-08-2020 09:51 PM

I agree, It’s beautiful. You made the perfect decision book matching it. A great find, and a story you can tell for years.

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#4 posted 03-08-2020 10:03 PM



A walnut Christmas Tree, Cool. BTW – nice work.

- OnhillWW


You got to love walnut crotch grain like that. It s absolutely stunning. I ve got a couple of pieces that I too am looking forward to resawing and bookmatching.

- BurlyBob


I agree, It s beautiful. You made the perfect decision book matching it. A great find, and a story you can tell for years.

- EricLew

Thanks guys, this was a fun trip.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 03-08-2020 10:28 PM

Beautiful piece of art! Love the lighter tones of the frame. It’s really nice!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 03-08-2020 11:12 PM

This is a Cool piece. Walnut is Beautiful and I really like the Book Matched walnut crotch

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 03-09-2020 12:59 AM

It is beautiful…...and the book-match treatment made it even more so. Nice job!

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#8 posted 03-09-2020 01:05 AM



Beautiful piece of art! Love the lighter tones of the frame. It’s really nice!

- kdc68


This is a Cool piece. Walnut is Beautiful and I really like the Book Matched walnut crotch

- oldrivers


It is beautiful…...and the book-match treatment made it even more so. Nice job!

- jbschutz

Thanks – I was pleased with the end result

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 03-09-2020 04:09 AM

Nice work Dick. Looks great bookmatched, like you made a tree out of a tree.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 03-09-2020 06:41 AM

Looks great, man. And I am sure the photo doesnt do that piece justice.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#11 posted 03-09-2020 09:15 AM

Dick Nice job! I also have just hung a piece of wood on the wall because of the grain,

-- Petey

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#12 posted 03-09-2020 09:34 AM

Nice work and a very nice result

I did something similar with a trayhttp:// I made.

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 03-09-2020 11:03 AM

Wow, that came out beautiful, nice work. I’m sure the recipient of this will be most pleased and grateful.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 03-09-2020 11:27 AM



Looks great, man. And I am sure the photo doesnt do that piece justice.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Thanks Brian – You’re right, I couldn’t get a picturte that didn’t reflect off the resin surface

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#15 posted 03-09-2020 11:33 AM


Nice work Dick. Looks great bookmatched, like you made a tree out of a tree.

- therealSteveN


Dick Nice job! I also have just hung a piece of wood on the wall because of the grain,

- Peteybadboy


Nice work and a very nice result

I did something similar with a trayhttp:// I made.

- robscastle


Wow, that came out beautiful, nice work. I m sure the recipient of this will be most pleased and grateful.

- Oldtool

Thanks guys

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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