LumberJocks

What to do with this Burl?<

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodturning forum

Forum topic by ormonddab posted 08-04-2015 11:31 PM 1000 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View ormonddab's profile

ormonddab

10 posts in 1562 days


08-04-2015 11:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodturning burl oak hollow form turning

This is my first post here.
I have been woodturning for about 2 years and have really enjoyed it.
A friend brought me this burl that he cut, from an oak I believe. I’ve had it for about a year and I’m now ready to do something with it. I’ve turned 15 or more bowls and a couple of hollow forms, a set of legs for a bath table and about 5 Peppermillls, but no burls yet.
Are there any recommendations on how to begin? The Burl is about 10” in diameter.
Should I try to cut it in half to see what it looks like inside, or try to mount it between centers and try to do a hollow form?
Any ideas on what the next step should be would be appreciated.
Thanks, ormonddmd


9 replies so far

View mahdee's profile

mahdee

3554 posts in 1234 days


#1 posted 08-04-2015 11:57 PM

If it is 10” in diameter, by cutting it in half, you are lucky to get two 4” bowl out of it. One big bowl would look really nice. Not sure what a lamp post would look like. Just a few ideas.

-- earthartandfoods.com

View LeeMills's profile

LeeMills

272 posts in 768 days


#2 posted 08-05-2015 01:09 AM

You will have to decide whether to go bowl or hollow form.
If bowl then I would split just like a log (lengthwise along the pith) giving you two 10” diameter blanks.
I would be tempted to go bowls and turn one base out (bark outside like most bowls) and one center base giving a natural edge bowl.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

View Jimbo4's profile

Jimbo4

1432 posts in 2230 days


#3 posted 08-05-2015 01:50 AM

Send it to me – I’ll figure something out. ;o)

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

View DaveDelo's profile

DaveDelo

86 posts in 2361 days


#4 posted 08-05-2015 02:29 AM

I did one of these branch burls a couple months ago. Cut off the extra off each end and put it between centers to see what was underneath. Think mine was a little bit longer than yours so it made a nice little bowling ball pin shaped vase. This was a cherry burl piece and turned out half decent.

View Wildwood's profile

Wildwood

1887 posts in 1602 days


#5 posted 08-05-2015 11:07 AM

Totally destroyed turning only burl ever harvested due to inexperience so I am best qualified person here to give advice. Would try to turn a hollow form vase with what you have there.

Looking at the picture would start cutting top showing the split cutting back until found good wood, and same with bottom. So can turn between center and mount in a chuck later.

I always start my bowls & hollow forms between center to remove bark before mounting in/on chuck or faceplate. Just gives me a better idea of what have to work with.

Good luck with it!

-- Bill

View ormonddab's profile

ormonddab

10 posts in 1562 days


#6 posted 08-05-2015 05:55 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I will be at my home in NC next weekend where the burl is and plan to begin turning something with it.
Nice work DaveDelo on that vase. You and others have given me some direction by considering a hollow form.
I appreciate the help and look forward to see if anyone else has a thought.
Thanks,
Dave

View FancyShoes's profile

FancyShoes

509 posts in 831 days


#7 posted 08-05-2015 06:53 PM

You can get a lot of pens out of that burl. Not sure what else to recommend.

View TheWeiss's profile

TheWeiss

50 posts in 702 days


#8 posted 08-06-2015 06:06 PM

Whatever you do I want to see it! Best of luck!

View pmayer's profile

pmayer

864 posts in 2532 days


#9 posted 08-06-2015 07:17 PM

I’d turn one big bowl.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com