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Forum topic by Nomad62 posted 1540 days ago 1030 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1540 days ago

I have my eyes on a big old douglas fir with a burl on it that is about 6’ tall, 3’ wide, and at least 3’ deep (can’t really measure, but it sticks out that far). Been chatting around, people seem to think it a waste of time due to the probably vast amounts of pitch it may hold; and that the pitch turns white and chrystalish with time, even under finishes. But dang, it calls to me. Is there a means of drawing the pitch out, or sealing it in?

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#1 posted 1540 days ago

I would start at the beginning and think about what you would use it for. Unless it’s vertical grain fir it’s mostly used as a construction grade wood . So I would want to know what I was going to do with it before doing anything else.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1540 days ago

Not the tree, the burl…artistic stuff.

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#3 posted 1540 days ago

Daaa sorry about that.

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Daren Nelson

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#4 posted 1540 days ago

You have to “set the pitch” with heat to turn it to a solid. 160 degrees for 24 hours in a kiln. More reading.

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#5 posted 1540 days ago

Darin is dead on point.. got to set the pitch

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#6 posted 1540 days ago

Thanx gents, if I can nab it I’ll do that.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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