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Walnut boards thickness
« on: June 09, 2016, 12:47:57 PM »
I have a walnut log. What is the optimum walnut boards thickness? I was thinking about 1 inch. What do you think?

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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2016, 01:23:49 PM »
Depends upon what the lumber will be used for.  Is it for your personal use or are you planning to dry/sell it?
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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2016, 01:35:05 PM »
If I'm planning on selling it I go 1 1/8". At 1" I may lose a board or two because of drying defects. That extra 1/8" makes a difference.
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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2016, 09:08:17 PM »
I cut 5/4 for the furniture/ cabinet makers around here. Depending on how the board dries--- Theres more than enough material to plane out any cupping, and keep your clients "happy".




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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2016, 10:12:42 PM »
I would saw it 1 1/8" thick for 4/4, 1 5/8" thick for 6/4, and 2 1/8" thick for 8/4.  If you saw at 1 1/8", then after drying and planing, 90% of it will clean up to 15/16" thick.  That is what most woodworkers want. 
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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2016, 08:41:34 AM »
If you get a nice couple slabs to bookmatch into a table you may get a buyer to pay much more. Depends on your market but slabs on either side of the pith and some 8/4 for legs and rails when you cut on the sides of the pith work great for a table project.   

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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2016, 08:50:15 AM »
Personally I always preferred to glue up 1" boards matching opposing grain patterns for legs etc.  My theory was/is that they would be much more stable.  Anyway, I never had any problems with the glued up legs.
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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2016, 10:45:27 PM »
1 1/8" is what I saw to.   
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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2016, 12:18:21 AM »
The easiest to sell is 4/4 which I also cut at 1 1/8". That assumes a nice relatively straight log. Good luck with your log!
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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2016, 11:43:02 AM »
I feel it depends on the grade of the log, both before you open it  and after the face cut.
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Re: Walnut boards thickness
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2016, 12:40:08 PM »
Walnut logs have a long self life. I support the previous posts that the actual user will determine how you actually mill the log.


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