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11-06-2007 05:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: big walnut slabs

I run the website have just milled up the largest walnut slabs in the world. I have a bookmatch over 20 feet long and over 8 feet tall. One of your members said I should join and share my photos. Please feel free to browse my site and look at photos! Yes I do ship all over the country and world!

-- A hobby out of control.

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#1 posted 11-06-2007 06:51 PM

Amazing. Those slabs are ginormous! Where did you find them? Why was the tree cut down?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 11-06-2007 08:10 PM

Jiminy Crickets! That is just beautiful.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-06-2007 09:18 PM

That is so cool!

-- Chelle

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#4 posted 11-07-2007 01:54 AM

I don’t have words to describe that. I am very impressed.

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#5 posted 11-07-2007 02:47 AM

One of you pictures has what appears to be a Woodmiser. I’d like to see the mill you use for the wider slabs.

I’m curious how you prep green slabs for shipping. Do you have trouble with occasional stain problems developing during shipping?

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#6 posted 11-07-2007 03:15 AM

Great Balls of fire. That was one huge tree. Great looking wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 11-07-2007 03:33 AM

Need to figure out how many business card holders you can get out that!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 11-07-2007 05:15 AM

dirtclod, It was a Lucas with a slabber…my question is, how long was the bar?

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#9 posted 11-07-2007 06:22 AM

Well – I’m speechless! Seems so unreal! How wonderful!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 11-07-2007 06:40 AM

There is a little over 375 board feet in each slab. I got tank plate from Germany to have a custom chainsaw bar made and use powerheads on each end to generate 26hp. Special ripping chain, a million wedges, and a lot of time. Bar is 11 feet long.

I’m in the midwest and it is very cold here (freezing in fact). We don’t have bug problems like powderpost beetles. I normally ship them on skids on a flatbed if they are really big, or on pallets when they are small enough to fit in the back of a dry van. No stain problems during shipping yet that any of my customers have told me about. I also have winterized anchorseal for really figured wood which stops all deterioration.

Hope that answers most of the questions. It may be of interest to some of you that I have a book coming out from GMC publications in 08 titled “A Craftsmens Guide to Finding, Processing, and Drying your own Timber”. Lots and lots of information from how to grade and scale logs to how to build a kiln for drying what you mill.

Thank you all for the support and nice comments.


-- A hobby out of control.

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#11 posted 11-07-2007 06:47 AM

Holy Cow!! I’ve never seen anything like those.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 11-07-2007 07:31 AM

I’ll be looking out for that book…when in 08 is it to be published?

Also, I’ll be milling a 35-40” wide maple log in the next couple weeks, but am limited to a 32” bar saw with a milling attachment, which will limit me to 24-28” I believe. I’m borrowing this set-up, so don’t have much experience with handling this large of stock… I don’t think I’ll be rolling the log, so would love feedback on this. Also – another point to consider, I believe the maple is sound enough to make some spalted lumber out of and has some cracks through it, so I’m not really counting on really wide slabs at this point. Should I try to quarter it lengthwise first? Should I take off stock from the two sides? Do you have any suggestions for how I should best approach this?

Another somewhat related question: Any general tips on keeping crotch from splitting?

I’d appreciate any input you’re willing to provide!


-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 11-07-2007 01:22 PM

Dorje 35”-40” is a wee baby :) I am 6’3”, this one was around 40”.


1/2 it and cut the sapwood off like this. Leave the max you can mill. (The short piece of oak log in the background was 60+”, I 1/4 sawed it)


I do not want to distract from Dr. Brower’s thread, just giving my opinion as a sawmill guy how to handle biggish logs. Those are some HUMONGOUS slabs and absolutely beautiful, I sent the link to a dozen people, freaked them all out. If my hobby was sawing out walnut slabs like that I would quit my real job, oh wait I don’t have a real job.

There are more pictures and descriptions on my site of how I go about processing and drying lumber. Those pictures are of just a little piece of a much bigger log.

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#14 posted 11-07-2007 06:03 PM

The answer to how best mill a log with limited equipment has many answers. There are 5 different versions of chainsaw mills, and I’m not sure which one you are borrowing. Milling should only be done after you know what you are going to use the wood for.

Common uses for big log wood:
1)Bowl Blanks
2)Slabs with live edges for tables
4)FAS 8/4 and thicker lumber

Having wood milled at 4/4 or 5/4 in 12 and wider widths is not a good idea because of the difficulty in keeping material like that flat. Cracks on the outside rarely disturb qualiy lumber inside and are removed as jacket boards. I have 2 woodmisers, a lucas, and this custom mill and have extensive experience with all of them for getting the good stuff.

My advice…know why you are milling it and what you will use it for first! Hopefully the link above will work and show a maple crotch I cut 5 feet wide and 7 feet long. Done with a lucas slabber. I forgot to mention that I’m a contributing editor for Router and Power Woodworking and write for them in each issue. You will see a photo of the slabs in the next issue coming out soon. Available at Barnes and Noble. The book will come out in the fall so it will be available before x-mas.

Good luck.


-- A hobby out of control.

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#15 posted 11-09-2007 03:16 AM

Thanks for your responses guys…

What are “jacket boards?”

Also, I’ll be using an Alaskan milling attachment.

Preferably, I’d like to get some lumber out this. Sounds like I’ll want to stick with cutting 8/4 or thicker boards. I may cut one or two thicker to use for bowl blanks. I suppose it would take a bit longer to dry, but could always be resawn if I decide to use the wood for other purposes.

I’ve got to start somewhere so will do the best I can, with the little experience I have.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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