Natural Edge Burl Wood Furniture #1: Box Elder Burl Coffee Table

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Blog entry by OregonBurls posted 10-12-2009 09:30 PM 12418 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone,
I started this project a few days ago. It is a Box Elder Burl that I hollowed out with an arbortech and plan on getting a 36” glass top for it. I am wandering how to finish the outside. Due to the pressure washing. It has made the surface a little ruff. So I am not sure if I should sand it and just show the figure or keep it natural.

I still have a little bit more of hollowing it out. I also plan on sanding the inside and figure out how to make the figure pop out visually.

Any input would be welcomed. I am a novis and love instruction. I am a burler also so if you have any questions about using burls on your next project let me know.


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-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 01:31 AM

Greg, cool looking burl, it will make a nice table base. For roughness, I would consider the end use
and environment. I personally prefer that natural/rough look, however, if the end use is going to be
in an environment with little kids that could fall or scrape up against it you may want to smooth it down
a bit.

-- Phil

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 01:41 AM

From what I can see it looks great but more pictures would be nice.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 05:07 AM

That table will be a dramatic centerpiece in any room. Great idea.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 05:40 AM

You can click on the picture and it will open another window so you can see a top view and the full side view.
Thank you guys for you comments

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 06:18 AM

interesting burls Greg should be a great base.

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 12:28 PM

Whatever you do is going to look spectacular. I will be looking for the followup photos. How about a blog post about how you find and harvest burls?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 10-13-2009 03:40 PM

Personally I like the carved look on the inside and I think it fits best with the natural look of the outside. It is a beautiful piece and when done you will have gorgeous, unique table. Well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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