Need some help in finishing this piece LJers! The actual burl piece I’m using is wrapped in plastic as it still has a little more to go to dry out, but I’d like to finish it off in the next week or so. It’s been unexposed as a 3.25” thick slab for several months which I resawed over the weekend to 1.5”. The cracks for the most part were sawn off leaving the middle of the slab relatively crack free. What’s posted here is a similar slice that’s a bit thinner and a cutoff piece showing the nooks and crannies of the live edges.
I’ve already rough sanded the live piece in parallel and picked out almost all of the crud from the burl buds and inclusions. I also cleaned it the best I could with compressed air and I’m planning on going to a friend’s house tomorrow to use his large sandblasting booth to better clean out the rough burl buds, if that’s what they’re called. I’ll test this out first on the pieces shown here to make sure I don’t take off too much material off of the live piece!!
I then plan to sand some more up through the grits. Prior to that I’ll do a little shaping in there as well to allow the piece of metal art that is going to sit upon this to be leveled out better.
When I get to the stage of finishing this is where I need some advice. I’m guessing it is still not down to being totally dried out and was hoping the finish can seal it well enough not to crack going forward. I also want a finish that is durable as a heavy metal piece is to sit on it and can get into all of those nooks and crannies of the burl slab. Should I coat both sides even though I plan to put on self adhering felt onto the underneath side to better equalize the piece relative to moisture? What finishes and how many coats should do the trick?
Spray versus foam brush applied? Please provide your best LJ advice to a beginner in the finishing arena.
btw, I bought this nice piece of wood from Greg at Oregon Burls…
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!