walnut log console table perhaps

walnut log console table perhaps

walnut log console table perhaps

This (third of a) walnut log is another unusual piece that we recently received from the kiln.  This morning, it occurred to me that it might want to be a console table.  Certainly one of a kind - since we only have one walnut slab this thick. 

It's obvious that this walnut log had sat on the moist ground for quite a while.  There is significant rot damage to one side of it.  Pictured are our first few steps in preparing a piece like this to become furniture.

Typically, first we use our 20" joiner to square up the first side of the lumber.  Since this is more of a log than lumber, it'll be the only side to square in this manor (meaning no planer here).  The log is approximately 8' long, 5" to 6" thick, before squareing up.

To clean up the rot, if it's significant, like this is, we typically start with the claw end of a hammer.  Removing all the soft deadwood we can.  Then move to a screwdriver, drawknife, scraper, or one of several other tools that will work. 

Once most of the soft rot is removed (and usually we might not have any rot like this), we move to flapper sanders, either air powered or electric.

walnut log console table perhaps

Robin Wade