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need advise on what to do with this lumber

First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
 

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need advise on what to do with this lumber

First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
Cephas, first, is it possible to see some relatively sharp pictures of the wood? Also if there was a shot of the live edged lumber that shows the bark, that would help nail down the type of wood it is. Depending on where you are located, surely someone here would be of help in pointing you in a right direction.

I depending on how rough the hewn surface is, and the degree to which you envision it's final surface planed smooth, you might not be far off of where you want to be with this legacy. You might look at some of the work of George Nakashima for some interesting design ideas involving lumber of the sort you describe.
 

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need advise on what to do with this lumber

First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
Douglas, Ive been waiting for this cloudy overcast weather here in Memphis to clear up for days just for that purpose, unfortunately the same is forecast for the next few weeks but I know how hard it would be for someone to "imagine" what this lumber classification. Will upload some pics ASAP. Also, I was told once this was black walnut, but I dont know …. have had some experience with antiques and am debating sanding and applying some tung oil/bees wax to a small area.
 

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need advise on what to do with this lumber

First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
I sent you an email before I noticed you are from Memphis. I used to get up that way with my job, but haven't in a while. There is a lumber supply place just north of midtown called Colco, 2631 jackson ave. their website is colcofinewoods.com. There used to be a guy in there that was very helpful, not sure if he is still there though. Hope everything works out for you.
I work with walnut alot, if I could see a picture of it, i could probably tell you if that is what it is.
 

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First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
If it's truly air dried Black Walnut, you've got a fine thing there. That old and that wide a plank should be a real gem, not the nasty gray kiln dried and steamed stuff one encounters at the Big Box stores. The heartwood should be a deep chocolate brown with streaks of reddish, purplish overtones. The sapwood will be much lighter, even whitish. Can't wait to see it.

If the wood hasn't gotten punky or infested it should be glorious stuff. Some of the best walnut I ever had was given to me by an old fella whose Dad had felled trees on the farm, planked them out and put them in a hayloft for 50-60 years. When smoothed out and hit with a finish it could vie with any exotic for just plain pretty wood.
 

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need advise on what to do with this lumber

First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
Neat story. Cant help though :-/
 

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need advise on what to do with this lumber

First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
Thanks for all the kind "welcomes" and suggestions. Joey, (jcash3) thanks for the offer, I may take you up on it, and I bet the tree you were cut from no longer exsits. Douglas, thanks for reminding me through an accomplished artist, that there is a deeper relationship between man and creation. It may help solve my confusion: maybe its not "me and the wood", but "me the wood". Dont get me started….. Thanks again to all. Cephas
 

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First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
Best tip off on Walnut is the smell. It is very distict.
 

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need advise on what to do with this lumber

First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
Thanks to All ! A fine gentleman at Colco Fine Woodworks/Lumber with over 40 yrs. experience confirmed my lumber was Walnut.
 

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First, I would like to thank all members of Lumberjocks for the website, their participation, and the opportunity for a novice like my self to ask dumb questions and hopefully learn. If I may pick your brains…....
1.) Great-grandfather & grandfather owned-operated small lumber milll in Mississippi from appox. 19??-1930's.
2.)Dont know the whole story but supposedly they cut a huge WALNUT tree they they sent through the mill
..."rough hewn"? And then they put it in their person "stash". It was divided up between my father and his brothers in 1955 upon death of his father, my grandfather. it wasnt until the 1970s when as a teenager I even knew the wood exsited. my father was partime-amatuer wood worker with very simple shop.
3.) I have appox 4 slabs 8'-10' long up to 20" wide, several 2×4s, 1×4s, & 4×4s…some with bark still on them.
4. My shop consists of small table saw, circular saw, drill, etc,. no planers, joiner or fine woodworking tools.
5. I am not certain that this wood is Walnut; I need tips on identification.
6. Dont have the money to invest in required planers etc to processs wood.
7. Have found woodworking community amateur & professional here so far LESS than helpful or forthright.
8. I wish I were talented enough to make a some family heirloom; dont want to mess the wood up, but time is running out on this wood. It is elevated/seperated plenty of air. I want to first identify the wood and then approach someone to plane it for me. Any suggestions?
We look forward to seeing that big slab take on a new life through the creative process. Have fun, be safe and post it when you get done.
 

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I can't believe this wood!

Have sorely been missing inspiration and interaction from friends at LJ! Have taken out entire kitchen subfloor
replaced it, laid new vinyl, and painted. This wasnt a "want-to" but a "have-to". So today I l got outside 30 degree temp., found the worst piece of my grandfather's walnut, a 1×4x8'. Tried clamping it to workbench and realized how cupped/bowed it was. There was a knot in the center midway of board that had fallen out.
Put brand new CMT blade on circular saw, cut before bad spot and after it…about 6'' total. Observed ends of newly exposed lumber and almost fell out. I cant tell you how beautiful and HARD newly exposed grain is! Took shortest piece, clamped to workbench, made one pass with elec. planer(set planer on 1/8") and next door neighbor came out to see why I was jumping and hollering. Beautiful!!!!! After 60-70 years this lumber with heavy sawmill blade marks revealed its true nature and it humbled me. I am not qualified to to deal with this lumber if this is representative. Have decided to get this CAMERA of mine to work (again its the operator)
and document this endeavor. The wood is HARD and BEAUTIFUL and I wish a couple of yall were here to advise me! Woodnut? Doug?
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I can't believe this wood!

Have sorely been missing inspiration and interaction from friends at LJ! Have taken out entire kitchen subfloor
replaced it, laid new vinyl, and painted. This wasnt a "want-to" but a "have-to". So today I l got outside 30 degree temp., found the worst piece of my grandfather's walnut, a 1×4x8'. Tried clamping it to workbench and realized how cupped/bowed it was. There was a knot in the center midway of board that had fallen out.
Put brand new CMT blade on circular saw, cut before bad spot and after it…about 6'' total. Observed ends of newly exposed lumber and almost fell out. I cant tell you how beautiful and HARD newly exposed grain is! Took shortest piece, clamped to workbench, made one pass with elec. planer(set planer on 1/8") and next door neighbor came out to see why I was jumping and hollering. Beautiful!!!!! After 60-70 years this lumber with heavy sawmill blade marks revealed its true nature and it humbled me. I am not qualified to to deal with this lumber if this is representative. Have decided to get this CAMERA of mine to work (again its the operator)
and document this endeavor. The wood is HARD and BEAUTIFUL and I wish a couple of yall were here to advise me! Woodnut? Doug?
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Get stuck in and enjoy it, and get those photos up on the web so we can all enjoy it with you.
 

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I can't believe this wood!

Have sorely been missing inspiration and interaction from friends at LJ! Have taken out entire kitchen subfloor
replaced it, laid new vinyl, and painted. This wasnt a "want-to" but a "have-to". So today I l got outside 30 degree temp., found the worst piece of my grandfather's walnut, a 1×4x8'. Tried clamping it to workbench and realized how cupped/bowed it was. There was a knot in the center midway of board that had fallen out.
Put brand new CMT blade on circular saw, cut before bad spot and after it…about 6'' total. Observed ends of newly exposed lumber and almost fell out. I cant tell you how beautiful and HARD newly exposed grain is! Took shortest piece, clamped to workbench, made one pass with elec. planer(set planer on 1/8") and next door neighbor came out to see why I was jumping and hollering. Beautiful!!!!! After 60-70 years this lumber with heavy sawmill blade marks revealed its true nature and it humbled me. I am not qualified to to deal with this lumber if this is representative. Have decided to get this CAMERA of mine to work (again its the operator)
and document this endeavor. The wood is HARD and BEAUTIFUL and I wish a couple of yall were here to advise me! Woodnut? Doug?
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Cephas, forgive my ailing memory. Did we help locate any folks down there that can rough mill your walnut legacy to square and true? It sounds like you truly do have a wonderful gift from your progenitors to deal with. Perhaps there is a Woodworkers store or Guild that you can find that would have a person that would mentor you through getting it dimensioned for a small fee or cut of the lumber (I would, were I closer!)? Here is a link to Woodcraft stores in Tennessee.. Maybe a Saturday trip to one is in order. Please don't blame me if this sets you afire!

Othewise, without the scratch to buy the bigger machines to do the job, I would scour the net about how to do it by hand. Start saving up for a scrub plane, which would allow you to created a relatively flat surface with scalloped tooled surface. Empower yourself to take a chance with your two new workpieces and make mistakes as needed to ramp up your learning curve. Don't be frightened that you are going to ruin anything with those two boards, and make some shavings. Just take your time and go for it. The wood has waited this long for you. It can wait a bit longer as you move slowly and surely forward.

Please get those pictures up, Brother Cephas! We are behind you.
 

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I can't believe this wood!

Have sorely been missing inspiration and interaction from friends at LJ! Have taken out entire kitchen subfloor
replaced it, laid new vinyl, and painted. This wasnt a "want-to" but a "have-to". So today I l got outside 30 degree temp., found the worst piece of my grandfather's walnut, a 1×4x8'. Tried clamping it to workbench and realized how cupped/bowed it was. There was a knot in the center midway of board that had fallen out.
Put brand new CMT blade on circular saw, cut before bad spot and after it…about 6'' total. Observed ends of newly exposed lumber and almost fell out. I cant tell you how beautiful and HARD newly exposed grain is! Took shortest piece, clamped to workbench, made one pass with elec. planer(set planer on 1/8") and next door neighbor came out to see why I was jumping and hollering. Beautiful!!!!! After 60-70 years this lumber with heavy sawmill blade marks revealed its true nature and it humbled me. I am not qualified to to deal with this lumber if this is representative. Have decided to get this CAMERA of mine to work (again its the operator)
and document this endeavor. The wood is HARD and BEAUTIFUL and I wish a couple of yall were here to advise me! Woodnut? Doug?
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Ah some beautiful Walnut. It would be great to share the excitement.
 

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I can't believe this wood!

Have sorely been missing inspiration and interaction from friends at LJ! Have taken out entire kitchen subfloor
replaced it, laid new vinyl, and painted. This wasnt a "want-to" but a "have-to". So today I l got outside 30 degree temp., found the worst piece of my grandfather's walnut, a 1×4x8'. Tried clamping it to workbench and realized how cupped/bowed it was. There was a knot in the center midway of board that had fallen out.
Put brand new CMT blade on circular saw, cut before bad spot and after it…about 6'' total. Observed ends of newly exposed lumber and almost fell out. I cant tell you how beautiful and HARD newly exposed grain is! Took shortest piece, clamped to workbench, made one pass with elec. planer(set planer on 1/8") and next door neighbor came out to see why I was jumping and hollering. Beautiful!!!!! After 60-70 years this lumber with heavy sawmill blade marks revealed its true nature and it humbled me. I am not qualified to to deal with this lumber if this is representative. Have decided to get this CAMERA of mine to work (again its the operator)
and document this endeavor. The wood is HARD and BEAUTIFUL and I wish a couple of yall were here to advise me! Woodnut? Doug?
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I would enjoy seeing it!
 

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I can't believe this wood!

Have sorely been missing inspiration and interaction from friends at LJ! Have taken out entire kitchen subfloor
replaced it, laid new vinyl, and painted. This wasnt a "want-to" but a "have-to". So today I l got outside 30 degree temp., found the worst piece of my grandfather's walnut, a 1×4x8'. Tried clamping it to workbench and realized how cupped/bowed it was. There was a knot in the center midway of board that had fallen out.
Put brand new CMT blade on circular saw, cut before bad spot and after it…about 6'' total. Observed ends of newly exposed lumber and almost fell out. I cant tell you how beautiful and HARD newly exposed grain is! Took shortest piece, clamped to workbench, made one pass with elec. planer(set planer on 1/8") and next door neighbor came out to see why I was jumping and hollering. Beautiful!!!!! After 60-70 years this lumber with heavy sawmill blade marks revealed its true nature and it humbled me. I am not qualified to to deal with this lumber if this is representative. Have decided to get this CAMERA of mine to work (again its the operator)
and document this endeavor. The wood is HARD and BEAUTIFUL and I wish a couple of yall were here to advise me! Woodnut? Doug?
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Pictures please. That is so neat that you discovered buried treasure.
 

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I can't believe this wood!

Have sorely been missing inspiration and interaction from friends at LJ! Have taken out entire kitchen subfloor
replaced it, laid new vinyl, and painted. This wasnt a "want-to" but a "have-to". So today I l got outside 30 degree temp., found the worst piece of my grandfather's walnut, a 1×4x8'. Tried clamping it to workbench and realized how cupped/bowed it was. There was a knot in the center midway of board that had fallen out.
Put brand new CMT blade on circular saw, cut before bad spot and after it…about 6'' total. Observed ends of newly exposed lumber and almost fell out. I cant tell you how beautiful and HARD newly exposed grain is! Took shortest piece, clamped to workbench, made one pass with elec. planer(set planer on 1/8") and next door neighbor came out to see why I was jumping and hollering. Beautiful!!!!! After 60-70 years this lumber with heavy sawmill blade marks revealed its true nature and it humbled me. I am not qualified to to deal with this lumber if this is representative. Have decided to get this CAMERA of mine to work (again its the operator)
and document this endeavor. The wood is HARD and BEAUTIFUL and I wish a couple of yall were here to advise me! Woodnut? Doug?
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Pictures please.
 
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