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Processing Small Quantities of Walnut Logs for Lumber and Craft Items
Proceedings of the 5th Black Walnut Symposium (1997)
  • Douglas D. Stokke
  • Peter Y. S. Chen
  • J. W. Van Sambeek

Many walnut plantation owners and woodworking hobbyists would like to process small quantities of walnut logs into lumber and discs for furniture and craft items. Various options exist for sawing, drying, and processing small diameter or short logs into lumber and cross-sectional discs. Portable band saws are a safe and inexpensive log breakdown option to commercial headsaw mills. Processing using the saw-dry-rip method will yield higher quantities of usable lumber from small diameter logs than the conventional saw-rip-dry method. Small quantities of lumber and discs can be inexpensively air dried under shelters or open sheds followed by approximately 15 to 30 days indoor storage at room temperatures. Several designs exist for constructing solar kilns for small quantities of lumber. Pretreatment of craft items with PEG 1000 is an acceptable procedure to reduce checking during dtying of lumber for craft items.

  • walnut,
  • lumber,
  • hobbies,
  • grade sawing
Publication Date
J. W. Van Sambeek
North Central Forest Experiment Station
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Citation Information
Douglas D. Stokke, Peter Y. S. Chen and J. W. Van Sambeek. "Processing Small Quantities of Walnut Logs for Lumber and Craft Items" St. Paul, MNProceedings of the 5th Black Walnut Symposium (1997)
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