Wild Walnut - Pool Cue Case

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Blog entry by smitty22 posted 12-23-2016 10:06 PM 1503 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is to blog a build of a pool cue case, requested by a friend who donated a chunk of old-old American black walnut, supposedly from a 150-year old barn in Oklahoma. Wood was 8/4 about 90”x10” and twisted, bowed, cupped, but we thought maybe salvageable for the cue case.

Part 1 of this is the initial milling of the blank just to see if enough material will be left after resaw to 3/8”.

Chunk 1 ready for truing up in the planer (no jointer here). Had to cut the original blank into two pieces lengthwise to eliminate most of the bow.

This branch area looked like trouble –

Ready to run, dust collector ON, earmuffs ON, planer ON –

Looking pretty good, just lovely old pink-tinted black walnut right out of the center of the tree -

And after many passes thru the planer, a friendly face emerged on one side of blank #1, I call him Willy!

Closeup of Willy. Might be ET too! Looks friendly -

-- Smitty

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 11:11 PM

Definitely ET. Pool cue cases are relatively small, correct? Which means you’re going to lose ET. Anyway to make it the theme of the project?

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#2 posted 12-24-2016 12:39 AM

I’m going to try to preserve ET, any ideas on how would be welcome!

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 12-24-2016 04:43 PM

Should be a beauty

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-04-2018 04:04 PM

This will make a beaut of a case. Good to see you productive my friend. PS sent you a short message today. and by all means preserve ET !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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