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Forum topic by Mcpowell posted 04-10-2021 11:35 PM 827 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2021 11:35 PM

My brother and I rescued this walnut just before the tree guys were about to load it onto their truck and take it to the dump.

FYI, there were 2 sections that were each 15-20 feet long and 24 inches in diameter (not pictured), along with this beast. I wish we had gotten there 20 minutes earlier and I would have had them cut this section longer. As it is, this is 60 inches long and about 30 inches in diameter on the narrow end and about 70 inches across where you see the tape measure.

I have a chainsaw mill that can cut a 32” wide log, but would have to buy a chainsaw bar and extend the mill to slab this. I’m okay with that if that’s the best option.

My initial thought is to buy the chainsaw bar, slab this into 3-4 inch thick sections and then make some sort of table in a few years. The crotch figuring in there is bound to be amazing.


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#1 posted 04-10-2021 11:46 PM

Obviously it’s meant to be a large bowl. Just need to find lathe big enough to turn it.
It from the crotch of a tree. Hardly worth the trouble for boards

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#2 posted 04-11-2021 12:57 AM

You know lil buddie. You really don’t need to bother with that . Just send it to me. I’ll give it a very good loving home!

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#3 posted 04-11-2021 05:36 AM

Not understanding hardly worth the trouble if it is a crotch. V-shaped crotches will be unstable but U-shaped crotches are inevitably strong. If it is used for a board having u in it would not match up for much furniture building but as a top or something unique the sky the limit.

Before you decide to get 70-inch rails I would freehand saw them down an inch to see if the crotch is up to par for the work and expense otherwise turning it sideways still gives you nice wide boards of Walnut. The rails for 72 inches are about 140 dollars for just the extensions and the tube stabilizer. I have a few similar logs, not walnut, unfortunately, which I am considering the same idea, but I have a 72-inch double end bar so will have the power to cut through that width.

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