as most of you know im in med. school, we have 3 semesters up here which you are only allowed to go to 2 of (to accommodate new students and to get some money for the next semester because you cant have a job while your in school)
So my "off" track is coming up and me and my uncle are wanting to build a gun stock from a GIANT black walnut tree that fell over 3+ years ago the roots are exposed and we are wanting to make a Repo for a Mosin Nagant, since i have a M39 that has been butchered out of the roots of the black walnut, the roots are as big around as a man. We have plenty of wood working tools, from a Lathe to a Tow behind saw mill (i live on a farm in case you couldn't tell), but we want to get as much hands on as we can and we want to make a stock for my custom .308 win im going to be making off of a 98k Mauser action (don't hate it was 20 bucks at a pawn shop)
any advice would be great, and if anyone has done this before that would be awesome for advice and pictures if you have 'em.
Easiest way to do what you are suggesting:
1- Slab the tree into 2.5" thick slabs. You can cut it into 12" wide planks, too, if you want.
2- It will need to be dried, so either stack the slabs with laths in between each layer and leave it alone for 5 years or so (sprayed with wax is best), or send it off to a kiln for drying.
3- Send it off to a stock carver to carve it. You can probably sell him the tree at the same time, so you get a stock for free and he gets a tree cut into slabs. I won't call it lumber, because it has not been planed.