Red Mallee Burl Platter

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Project by BobWemm posted 08-14-2013 06:21 AM 1890 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this Burl cap at the Perth Wood Show on 4th August and got it finished today. The platter measures 15” x 2.5”, was sanded to 400 grit then 0000 steel (with the lathe stopped)by hand. It is finished with Mirotone Spraylac Satin.

Hope you like it as much as I do. The Red is much more spectacular that the brown ones I have previously posted here. I only got one????? and now need to try and get some more.

C & C welcome.


-- 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. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 06:27 AM

Real nice Bob, like the finish you achieved. Your right about the red being the best, I have some yellow and brown mallee burls sitting in the shed but not keen to turn them.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 07:31 AM

Phew Bob you hit the buttons with this one, very nice use of a beautiful piece of your Aussie burl, fabulous mate

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

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 09:28 AM

This is stunning awesome job.

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 11:27 AM

Super nice Bob! Hope you find more!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 11:34 AM

Very well done. You are lucky to have such a great piece of wood so readily available to you

-- Ron Campbell

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#6 posted 08-14-2013 01:30 PM

Great piece of work here Bob. that vacation that you took must have inspired you greatly,the results are shown here. Like I told you, I have a piece of this that I bought 15 years ago, and was afraid to turn it for fear of ruining it. you set the bar pretty high here, now i am really afraid to turn it. How did you reverse chuck this to finish the bottom?? Or did you just work around a spigot?? it looks equally as good on the bottom side.

-- 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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#7 posted 08-14-2013 01:49 PM

Rockbuster, Started with a spigot on the bottom, until sanded. Then reverse chucked on my Cole jaws, just sitting against the stoppers and the tailstock. Because this is not terribly secure I used my angle grinder to cut off the spigot except for a small piece in the centre where the live centre was holding.
Then removed from the lathe and ground the lump off. Then finished the base with a sanding pad in my drill.
Unorthodox but effective.

-- 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. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 08-15-2013 01:21 AM

Great job Bob, that piece of burl has really come up well.

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

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#9 posted 08-16-2013 03:46 PM

Your bowl looks stunning. Great shape and gorgeous wood. Amazing work!

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#10 posted 08-16-2013 07:46 PM

Really nice. Lovely use of the wood.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 08-22-2013 09:25 AM

This is a show piece, very nice. The leopard pattern on the wood is stunning, throw in the rough edges and unique shape, bingo, bango, WOW !

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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