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Forum topic by Dj1225 posted 09-03-2018 11:49 AM 605 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2018 11:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wormy chestnut

I have always been intrigued about all the interest and should I say reverence of wormy chestnut. So when a friend of mine said a guy was selling a “barn full” of wormy chestnut I decided to check it out. In reality it was a decent size shed full of old walnut and WC. The stuff was definitely very old. After looking a bit, it seemed to be an old structure that had been dismantled. Couple of 15 foot 6×6 beams and a lot of 4×4 that will make great table legs, and a lot of boards, some very light and brittle.

So I bought it, and two loads in a 20ft Uhaul Truck later, it is at my shop. So….now what. It is beautiful but very old, dry and fragile. I’m afraid to aggressively plane as I don’t want to loose all the character.

I thought maybe some cabinets, but I feel like I am missing what this wood is really supposed to be used for.

Any thoughts….other than picture frames :)

Also well over 2000 BF of some very dark wide walnut, a pleasant surprise. In total probably around 6000 BF of usable lumber and about a million wormy chestnut pen blanks if I ever get around to cutting them out of all the bad pieces in the lot.

Thanks for any advice.


-- Dave

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#1 posted 09-03-2018 12:51 PM

Pics pics pics!

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#2 posted 09-03-2018 01:44 PM

I agree with Ub1, we need pics for our shrines to those with “problems” we’d love to “help” with!

Usually fragile or nicely figured woods are reserved for boxes where strength and integrity are not as critical as something depending on structure.

Given your (ahem) bounty, maybe a few tables with the nicer wood for the show surface, you could glue it up to a more stable base layer for support if necessary.

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#3 posted 09-03-2018 07:56 PM

Here are a few pictures, had more but when tried to post they were upside down.

-- Dave

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#4 posted 09-03-2018 08:07 PM

Looks great and it might even be enough to build a barn. Sorry I could resist :^]

-- Aj

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#5 posted 09-03-2018 10:32 PM

Dj – run a piece through the planer and see how it goes. I’d also check for nails. My guess is that it will come out fine. You might have some cracking and such but all in all, for old, rough wood, it looks pretty good.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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