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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a massive Black Walnut that came down (about 40 feet high and 15 feet around at the base) and I'd like to cut it up and sell body blanks, rather than use it for firewood...

The problem is I know nothing of how to do it or where to go.

At the very least I would like to get out 2 or 3 blanks for myself to use...

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 11:59 PM
 
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Re: Black Walnut Wood

Well, I do know that body woods are dried and treated specially for use for musical instruments. They don't use fresh wood.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-04-2008, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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I know what to do in theory, but I am not skilled in areas like that, nor do I know where to kiln dry it, or even anyone who has ever done this type of work...
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Re: Black Walnut Wood

I would say find a sawmill or someone that owns a portable sawmill that can cut it up properly for you. Then store it and let it dry for several years.
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I've read an online article somewhere where the guy made his own kiln by placing the wood inside a small enclosure with a heat lamp for a few weeks. I personally don't know how well this works, but it might be worth a try to accelerate the process.
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Re: Black Walnut Wood

There's something in http://www.projectguitar.com/ about wood drying I'm sure.

Taylor are currently doing a walnut top on their electrics, possibly they'd be interested?
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-05-2008, 11:06 AM
 
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R U going to make these available to your pals at Jemsite? wink wink hint hint.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-05-2008, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Sure, I guess so, if anyone wants one when I finish
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Re: Black Walnut Wood

Yeah, it would def have to dry for a few years without a kiln..
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-07-2008, 04:18 PM
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Re: Black Walnut Wood

15 feet around and 40 feet high? That was kind of stumpy, eh?

I wish I knew what to tell you, even as to whether you cut the pieces top to bottom, or across the center like a big coin. I think it's worth looking into, though. See if there is a mill or a lumber yard anywhere near you and see if they can offer any advice. Don't let it just sit there and rot though, as it likely will if you just leave it.
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