What does this Walnut Stump want to be? Please Advise

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Forum topic by JohnMcClure posted 07-06-2017 01:12 AM 1274 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2017 01:12 AM

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I’ve been given a 5” thick slab of a walnut stump, 32” high, 17” across. It’s sat for 15 years in a barn.

One face is pretty flat. My first thought was to mortise a pedestal into the other face, and make it an end table pretty much as-is, with a little adze and sander work to remove the rot.

Then I discovered that the flat (top of stump) endgrain has some serious rot, compromising a lot of that beautiful top face. Not sure how I’d remove it all if I kept the stump as one piece, or if the rot ruins the surface as a tabletop.

Another idea is to cut it into boards on the BS, maybe 2” thick – I’d get 8 boards! – but since one edge would be wavy on each board, I don’t know that I could glue them up into anything.

Another idea is to split it down the middle, then resaw the two halves – again, maybe 2” thick. Then I could have access to remove the rot. Perhaps I could glue it back up and return to the thick table idea.

Or I could use the stump for BS boxes, which I’ve never made before.

But mostly I’d like to get everyone else’s good ideas, because y’all make some wonderful things!
The beautiful grain, after a very quick scraping:

More pictures of the slab:

Replace the paint bucket with a pedestal-type base, and you have my original table idea.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#1 posted 07-06-2017 01:22 AM

I’d slice it into 4/4 and then look for a small project to make really beautiful with that awesome figure.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 01:27 AM

ChefHDAN is onto something.


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#3 posted 07-06-2017 02:25 AM

yeah cut it up

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