I just purchased two "blocks" of Black Walnut from a farm auction here in Maryland and was wondering what to do with them. These blocks are about 4' tall, 7" thick and about 15" or 16" wide. I bought them for $10.00 a piece, now I am like..hmmm what to do. They weigh a good 50lbs or more. Any ideas?
I,m sure you can figure out something to do with them. Sounds like you got a great deal on them. I was wondering are you in the marines by chance your handle implies this? I have a son in the Navy. I know this doesn't pertain to your question sorry.
Thanks for the response. I wanted to make something that would keep the integrity of the large piece of wood. Small Black Walnut is about all you can get these days, so I wanted to make something unique, special for these large pieces. Yes, am a Marine.
A big Thanks for protecting us
Thank your son for serving. And..You are welcome
How about a Black Walnut Mantle? Now there's something that could accent a fireplace.
Actually that was something I was looking into, except these pieces are so big I have no clue on how to cut them. They are massive, even a saw mill told me to rip the things in half to about 8" wide. I bought them because they are rare, now I am like well, how do I use them? A great big nice mantle is what I may make after all.
Many years ago, large boards like this were fairly common. No problems were encountered in working them, because hand tools were used.
Seems odd in this electric powered age, and goodness knows I have all the toys too, but when I need to cut a big piece like this, I use a hand saw. Might take a bit of time (much less than most people think), but it is fun work.
I commend you for realizing the rarity of such a piece, and for your committment to doing the right thing by it. Two reasons then, my hat's off to you.
Fire up your bandsaw and resaw those babies into 1 and 2 inch thick boards. The 2 inchers will make some nice stock for a mantle and the rest can be stickered and stored until future inspiration strikes.
Plan on spending a long time at the band saw though...7 inch thick walnut will require some patience. And if you ever feel like you've got too much of it left to deal with, I could refer you to my Dad in Waldorf...he'd love to releive you of some I'm sure.
I think I will take your advice. I recently inherited lots of tools (hand) from my grandfather, and although it would be easy to cut these boards by electric machines I would get a lot more satisfaction knowing an old piece of wood was "carved and formed" by old hand tools. I am only 33, but will take the "old fashioned way" on this one.
Semper FI ;)