|Project by Andy||posted 05-23-2016 02:13 PM||659 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I cut this burl off of a maple tree in my woods just a little over a month ago. Now I have a dry, stabilized, and finished maple burl box. I let the burl sit for a couple weeks before rough turning. You can see from the pictures I was getting some torn grain after the rough turn and the burl had to be stabilized to get a clean cut. This is the process I came up with.
After I got the rough shape turned I dried it in the microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds at a time over about a week span until it stopped losing weight on the scale. It started out at 224 grams and stopped losing weight at around 195 grams. I imagine you could get cracks drying it this way but I didnt have any problems.
I could not find any wood stabilizer solution so I came up with my own. I used polyurethane thinned with about 25% mineral spirits to stabilize the soft fungus infested wood. I knew I had to keep the poly from drying and inhibiting the finish from getting deep in the wood so I submerged the box completely in the polyurethane can for about three hours and then let the poly soaked wood dry and cure for about 4 days.
-Turning and finishing-
After the poly was cured it turned beautifully, there was virtually no torn grain. So now I could just turn it like a regular box without having to worry about getting clean cuts. I finished the box with polyurethane too and since it was already soaked into the wood that was really easy because the wood didnt soak up the poly at all and I started building a layer right away. The box is 4” tall and 3” in diameter. Thanks for viewing, Andy.
-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods