- 24 February 2016 at 6:47 pm #134977Joe KaiserParticipant
I have posted a few threads on this (as I run into problems), but I thought I would start one where I can document things as I go 🙂
I am making a tool chest out of walnut. Someone said I am going up against Matt for “Slowest woodworker in the west” as it is taking me a long time to do it. I generally get maybe an hour a week tops. What you see here is actually several months on work. I wasn’t able to find walnut wide enough, so I had to joint two 6″ boards together for the width. If I didn’t have to do that, I think I would be further along by now. I cut one of the back tails wrong so I had to cut the size down by and inch and do two corners over again. Could have been worse, I suppose.
This is my first time using walnut. I am surprised by how brittle it is. It is turning out good enough for my first “big” project. Before this I have only made spoons, small boxes, and the like. What you see in the picture is just a dry fit. I have to clean up the dovetails still, but I am happy so far. When I measure from corner to corner the box is less then 1/32 out of square. I think I can live with that.
You must be logged in to access attached files.25 February 2016 at 3:04 am #134985trooper82Participant
Looking good Joe!25 February 2016 at 3:04 am #134986KjordParticipant
Looks like beautiful work! If you ever get a chance to work air-dried rather than kiln dried walnut you will notice much less brittleness. Keep it up!!25 February 2016 at 4:01 am #134987Peter GeorgeParticipant
Looks good Joe.
I know what you mean about walnut. It sometimes works well and other times fights me tooth and nail.
"New York is big, but this is Biggar"25 February 2016 at 9:01 pm #135012Frank JosephMember
That looks good, walnut that is heat dryed is often brittle, If you can find it get air dryed it will cost more but it’s worth it, I use green for turnings and it’s wonderful to work with
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.28 February 2016 at 4:28 am #135090Matt McGraneParticipant
Hey Joe, that is looking very nice. And when it’s done and has some finish on it – it’s really going to look great!
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