Giant Burl Cheese-Platter

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Project by wyeth posted 09-14-2010 04:08 AM 2012 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my wife’s friends mentioned to her that she had spent weeks trying to hand sand a large slab of wood to make a cheese platter for the next Christmas Dinner.
I let slip that I could probably do it in a few minutes with my power tools.
A few weeks later a large uneven slab of dull looking burl, roughly sanded and with very incompletely filled voids arrived with a shy request that maybe I could do something with it.

A Month later it is about as finished as I can get it after -

Planing both surfaces with a router on the Torque Work Centre.

Two days of filling all the remaining voids with various epoxy and other fillers that I had sitting about colored with charcoal and other powdered pigments and then sanding with a range of grits using a Festool random orbital sander.

By now I was realizing the beauty hidden in this piece of wood. We have no idea where it came from or from what tree type but it would be a Eucalyptus. I decided it had to have the full treatment using food safe finishes. I have some genuine Tung Oil from the Brisbane Wood Show so settled for this. Five coats at 24 hour intervals then 3 weeks to cure.

Finally a wax and buff with canubra and beeswax.

The last two pictures show the under surface where I used up some older filler.

-- David Australia

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#1 posted 09-14-2010 04:27 AM

This tray is absolutely beautiful! You did a fine job with it.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-14-2010 04:48 AM

very well done ,

it came out beautiful !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 09-14-2010 05:02 AM

That is so cool. Lots of work, but well worth it.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 09-14-2010 06:52 AM

That really is an interesting piece of wood. Let us know if you get it properly identified.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 10:57 PM

That’s some wild grain – love the color. Great job!

-- -- Mike

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 03:33 AM

It almost looks like it melted there right on the deck! Great colors too.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 03:37 AM

Beautiful work! Looks like flames rolling across the top! Ohhhh…fire….

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 12-02-2012 04:58 AM

whoa very nice

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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