Redwood - what to do?? #4: Hello Birdseye!!

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Blog entry by brukilla posted 07-23-2009 04:44 AM 2190 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: 1st Design in Sketchup for the Redwood Burl End Table Part 4 of Redwood - what to do?? series Part 5: Whoa - what happened here?!? »

The grain on this redwood burl is amazing. This is a great motivator for the rest of the end table project.There are a couple of spots to touch up with some more light sanding, but I think I got it down to a reasonable level for the time being.

I am interested in popping the grain and I have found a lot of information about Potassium dichromate being a good agent for burls of this type (safety, safety, I know and plan to adhere to the precautions).

I am rethinking the design for the table legs and base. Basically, the more time I have to think about a project, the more ideas I get. I guess this is only because I am awaiting purchasing my shop tools, etc.

Here are a couple of pics of the burl:
Redwood Burl - Birdseye1
Redwood Burl - Birdseye2

I am enjoying the site quite a bit….the crowd can be tough sometimes, but it has helped me move forward on the path of woodworking. Thanks and I look forward to more of it!!!

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 04:55 AM

great wood ,
now get to work !
welcome .

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#2 posted 07-23-2009 05:34 AM

That is gorgeous!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 01:03 PM

I have to agree that is a beautiful slab. This is going to make a stunning table top.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 01:46 PM

Gorgeous wood, absolutely beautiful.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 07-23-2009 02:52 PM

WOW that looks awesome.

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