|Project by Tennessee||posted 11-27-2013 01:14 PM||790 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Early last summer when I bought about 120 bd. ft. of walnut from a fellow one town over who had it in his back yard, this burl was on the end of one plank. I had to cut it off the plank since it had a warp in it that prevented me from getting the plank through the planer. But no one in their right mind tosses burl, so I threw it in the scrap area of my wood storage. When I finally got around to racking all that scrap wood, I found it, months later.
I finally decided to do something with it. I had to resaw off some of the warp, then was able to put the rest through the planer. Obviously I could not have done this without my spiralhead carbide head planer. As it was, I took a little bit here and there, but was able to sand it smooth. This three MM thick board was what was left. I sanded it to 220, kind of let it stay the shape it was but rounded the edges, and started on this necklace presentation board based on a picture my wife found in an online catalog. (Another picture…)
The base and supports on the back are scrap white oak, which I have a lot of. I knew I needed to do something to keep it from warping, so I put on the fan pattern and glued it all up with Titebond III. I then glued on the top oak piece, simply to give the hooks some wood to grab. I did pilot hole for the hooks so they did not crack anything. They are those cheap little brass hooks you can buy at any hardware or big box store.
I mounted the walnut into a slot I cut into the base on the table saw at 10’. It was a little wider than my blade, so I just kept inching the fence over a few thousandths at a time until I had a good fit. I simply cut through and refilled the ends with white oak shims to fill the slots, glued and sanded into place. The walnut is snug in the slot and glued. The whole thing is finished in Rustoleum 2X gloss clear finish, (really a lacquer), which is fairly durable and will handle the knocking of the jewelry against the finish. It has 12 hooks total, each about 1” apart, about 1/4” from the top as it winds around.
I plan on putting it on my webpage for about $75.
If you have an odd piece of burl lying around, not good enough for the lathe, not big enough for a table or other project, this might be an outlet.
As always, copy it if you want!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com