|Forum topic by BinghamtonEd||posted 12-21-2015 05:47 PM||329 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
12-21-2015 05:47 PM
So a buddy of mine dropped off a couple of burl blanks (looks like walnut to me) that were too small for his use. The biggest one is about 12” long, 8/4 thick, and 3” wide. I have a couple of these inset bottle opener kits from Rockler, and was thinking of making bottle openers from the burl. I’ve never worked with burl before. I don’t have a lathe, the shaping will be done with spokeshave, dremel w/ sanding drum, and sandpaper.
These burls have not been stabilized. Is that something I should be doing for this application?
Normally, with straight-grained wood, I would run the grain along the length to provide maximum strength for the prying motion these will endure. Is this even a consideration with burl that has no discernible grain direction? I don’t want these to break, but it also doesn’t take much force to open a beer.
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