Birch Burl, Belt Buckle

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 05-11-2010 12:52 AM 7194 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had lost track of this belt for a long time, but Barb found it in one of our suitcases the other day.
Quite awhile ago a friend of mine gave me some chunks of Birch burl. The original burl was from a large burl ball about 2 feet in diameter, protruding from an 8” diameter tree.

I ended up making quite a few buckles as gifts, & this is all I have left to show you.

Wood magazine had an article about, ”Making wooden belt buckles” in their Dec. 1987, Issue #20, Page 80. If you want to look it up.

I started out sawing 3/8” slabs with my Bandsaw. Then you cut out the shape of the buckle.

The rest of the finishing was done mostly with a belt sander. You fasten a block to hold on to it, with hot melt glue, or double stick tape

Some I made where rectangles, oval, round, & square.

This one 1 7/8” wide X 2 3/4” long

The final sanding is done by hand. This one has a couple of coats satin polyurethane rubbed in.

The belt buckle hardware can be bought in various places, such as hobby stores.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 01:21 AM

very nice piece … beautiful burl

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 01:44 AM

Great looking Burl. That’s a cool idea.

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 02:21 AM

Nice work

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 02:34 AM

Unique buckle

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 02:35 AM

never thought of a buckle. nice work.


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#6 posted 05-11-2010 02:50 AM


Very nice, I’m glad that you found it again and I assume that it will now be recycled to the belt’s to use hanger.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 02:57 AM

Nice belt buckle.

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#8 posted 05-11-2010 03:03 AM

Every woodworking hobbyist should have one of those, brands you for who you are. Pretty neat.

Done in South Haven, Michigan on the lake for a few days, then back to Alaska. It is warmer in Alaska than it is here.

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#9 posted 05-11-2010 03:31 AM

Looks good from here Dick ;-) BTW, Tandy Leather is a good place to find the buckle part on line.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 05-11-2010 03:40 AM

Hi Dick;

That’s a pretty piece of wood.

Good use for it too. Nice job.


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#11 posted 05-11-2010 04:51 AM

wonderful buckle well done

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#12 posted 05-11-2010 05:07 AM

Another good idea for those small leftovers! Favoriting this one…

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#13 posted 05-11-2010 10:43 AM

Nice piece of wood and a great idea.

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#14 posted 05-11-2010 11:19 AM

what a nifty project. 2 thumbs up

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#15 posted 05-11-2010 02:22 PM

Very nice! I made a few of these but my wood wasn’t as nice as yours.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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