Before I could use the walnut, I needed to pick out what I was going to be using for the project and plane that down to 3/4 and 2/4 thickness. I don’t own a thickness planer, but a friend at work (Carl) offered to help me out. I spent the afternoon today at Carl’s home workshop where he helped me tremendously getting this wood ready to use. He also showed me quite a few tips including how to use Danish oil to bring out the color and grain pattern from this walnut. Thanks Carl !
Here’s a shot of the rough cut lumber prior to heading over to Carl’s shop.