Myrtle Wood Burl #1: What To Do?

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Blog entry by Trev_Batstone posted 08-17-2011 04:21 AM 6940 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m just wondering what to do with this Myrtle wood burl that I picked up last month while travelling through Reedsport, Oregon while on vacation. It’s only a small burl measuring 15” wide by 12” high. I gave it a nice smooth sanding today in preparation of creating a project with it, but haven’t decided what yet. That’s why I’m putting out ‘feelers’ here if any of you have any ideas of what I could create with it. I’m not into woodburning (pyrography) in a big way, but I do a lot of scroll sawing and I also have a couple of routers as well as a small Dremel router attachment. I want to apply lemon oil to it and when the project is finished (whatever that will be) I want to apply some ‘pour on’ type varnish to it. Any ideas or suggestions that you folks could provide me with would be much appreciated. I am looking at some type of project that can be hung on a wall. Thank you!


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#1 posted 08-17-2011 05:44 AM

You could send it to me? I had to do that….

With that out of the way…I would think of either a platter – a router and bit is all you need…and a pattern (you can make your own easily with mdf or scrap). Or a clock (a cheap movement….some numbers or symbols on the face (you can let your imagination go wild on what to use for the time markings).

Other ideas would be to make a box from it….or a panel for several boxes…..(I have quite a few boxes with burl inlays and panels). You could make a scrolled wall hanging – I have seen some spectacular work done with burls.

You could make a small table or a chair back/seat with that…..

Pretty much you can do almost anything with burl….as for finishing….it depends on what your taste is….all of the above could be finished as you mentioned.

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 06:14 AM

I immediately saw a single track cribbage board. Kinda wind it around that nice figure.

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 07:20 AM

Thanks guys for the cool ideas.. gives me something to think about. I like the clock idea and the cribbage board idea as well. Will keep you posted with the progress and completed project.


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#4 posted 08-26-2011 05:58 PM

So, I decided to make a clock with this burl, as seen here. After some fine sanding, I applied orange oil to the bare wood, then later, three coats of varnish. Clock parts are from Lee Valley.


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