|Project by Andy123||posted 08-25-2011 07:16 AM||908 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
A old work acquaintance knew I was a woodworker and he told me he had a large slab of burl if I wanted it. Of course I told him I did. I went to his house to pick it up and I found out the burl slab was on his burn pile. I chastised him for his faux pas. I rescued what appeared to be a 36 inch by 20 inch by 2 inch old burl sign from it’s fiery grave. The slab had a thick coat of resign over it so the wood weathered well, thank your Lue Welch whoever you are.
I let the slab sit in my garage for several months, because well…. I had other projects to do. So tonight I got an itch to see what was under that resign. I cut off chunk and saw the wood was very good on the inside. My mind went wild with possibilities with what to make with my treasure: a box, a cribbage board, a clock maybe. But the time was nearing 10pm and I didn’t want to upset the wife. So I decided on a pen. I zoned in one a small section that had a quite a lot of birds eye. I went for it.
The wood felt very solid when cutting and drilling. I started to turn the piece and saw once it was round that it had several small inclusions. So I had to stop and apply CA glue repeatedly. Then the worst happened I saw a chunk fly. “Oh crap” I thought. I turned off the lathe and saw the there was a chunk missing from the blank. I was heart broken, because I hate starting over. However to my surprise the chip out stopped just above my bushing. Yeah for me! I finished turning it and it turned out fine. Except the finish was a little flat.
P.S. Sorry for the long write up over a pen. I was kinda bored.
-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me