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Project by BobWemm posted 08-20-2014 12:59 PM 654 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this piece of Burl on the way home from our last holiday a few weeks ago. I have no idea which Euc. species it is but it looks a bit like a Red Mallee.
The burl is very cracked and uneven so I had to support it with four Hose clamps to stop it from flying apart. It is sanded to 400 grit and then sprayed with Lacquer, 3 coats. Might do more yet.
The finished piece is 5.25 inches tall and 6.5 inches wide.
There was no attempt to repair or fill the voids as I believe they all add character to the piece.
As usual, C&C are welcome.
Hope you like this little beauty.
I reckon I will revisit the area and try to find some more of this wood.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.





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Thewoodman2000

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#1 posted 08-20-2014 01:02 PM

Glad you and it are safe!!!
What a find. Gold at the end of the Rainbow in my book.
Great looking piece. I would be proud to show this one off!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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Ronald G Campbell

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 01:22 PM

You did a great job on the piece. Nice to just find a burl. Well done mate

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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Gshepherd

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 04:31 PM

Nice looking piece. It had to be difficult to turn with all the voids and grain patterns.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Rockbuster

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 05:23 PM

I always heard that you Aussies was daring, man you had too be to turn this fabulous looking piece . You done a great job on this Bob. You are right, it looks best in it’s natural form, the voids really do show it’s character, one really proud piece of nature.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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peteg

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 08:49 PM

Great job Bob, as said it has character it it
cheers
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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robscastle

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#6 posted 08-20-2014 09:04 PM

Yep as above ..a great find!

Good thinking on the process
Excellent results.

How tough is this material? I tried to make some veneer inserts with a chunk of burl and totalled a band saw blade in the process.

Got some good samples though!

Here is the result a Cherry border and unknown burl insert

Imagine returning your vase to where you found it and setting it up as a display piece..

It would be like displaying a huge gold nugget!!....for a short time until somebody annexed it!

-- Regards Robert

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woodshaver

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#7 posted 08-20-2014 10:09 PM

Your patience, technique and skill paid off Bob. You’ve certainly got the right stuff to make a difficult project turn out like a work of art. This piece is gorgeous! Nice work!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 08-21-2014 12:31 AM

The finished over all look is great. This will make a very decorative piece.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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BobWemm

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#9 posted 08-21-2014 12:39 AM

Thanks for the good comments, Guys.
I think my nerves have just about gone back to normal.
But I reckon it was worth it.

Thanks again.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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Todd Barrone

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#10 posted 08-21-2014 01:39 AM

Looks awesome, my hat’s off to you guy’s who can do this kind of work.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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SafferinOz

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#11 posted 08-21-2014 03:52 AM

Nice one Bob!
Looks like you had some fun with that piece.
Keep safe.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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Bob Collins

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#12 posted 08-21-2014 08:48 AM

What a bloody ripper Bob, not only finding the burl but your great piece of turning. Your right, the natural voids add to the art. Nice finish also mate, looks like Red Mallee to me, bit I have been wrong.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Rockbuster

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#13 posted 08-21-2014 12:47 PM

Got to ask another question about this turning Bob, what chisels did you use, and at what speeds.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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BobWemm

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#14 posted 08-21-2014 01:20 PM



Got to ask another question about this turning Bob, what chisels did you use, and at what speeds.

- Rockbuster

Don, I cut the outside with a 16mm carbide cutter, drilled the middle out with a 40mm sawtooth drill and then my Wood-Cut Pro Master deep hollowing tool with a goose neck end. Lathe speed was start at 300, then 570 and finally 850.
Hope that helps.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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Rockbuster

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#15 posted 08-22-2014 12:48 AM

Thanks for that info Bob, don’t plan on starting one of these soon, but nice to know.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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