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Forum topic by Ahekma posted 03-29-2012 09:30 PM 1298 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ahekma

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03-29-2012 09:30 PM

So my brother had a tree cut down in his yard today and said it had some really interesting spots on the trunk that made it look kinda sick. well it turns out i think it was a combination of heal spots from limbs and some burl. i had him ask the tree guy to set the pieces aside for me. here is what i got, now i know what to do with the smaller sections that i have cut but the two huge pieces of burl/trunk i dont know what to do next. i intend to use them for turning small bowls and maybe some pens but am not sure what to do next. any advice would be appreciated :)


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#1 posted 03-29-2012 09:32 PM

I would seal it with anchorseal, paint, or glue to help prevent cracks as it dries.
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#2 posted 03-29-2012 09:36 PM

The only thing is the size, the bigger piece weighs around 150lb and from what i know will take a really long time to dry. wondering if im best off cutting the interesting burl portions off and then sealing them to dry or what others have done with simaler size pieces off wood

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thebicyclecafe

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 10:13 PM

how are you planning on using it? The burl portions can be more unstable and slicing those into thin veneers can make it more workable. If you plan on cutting anything to boards, just mill it now, leave it rough, and paint the ends with latex paint.

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 10:59 PM

I plan to use most of it for turning on the lathe, im just getting into woodturning and couldnt pass up the chance for free wood to practice on. some of just looks so nice it would suck to waste it by screwing it up before i even start :)

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 11:50 PM

Ahekma, how were you planning on milling these down? If you’re using a bandsaw I’d just put a blade capable of cutting green wood, and slice it down into turning blanks- and you could just work it green- easier that way anyhow.

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 03:13 PM

Like the others have said, think about what you’re going to use it for and rough cut those pieces out now. Otherwise, you’re going to be waiting a long time for a big piece to dry (I have a 75 lb burl (at least that’s what it feels like) drying right now that I don’t expect to use for maybe 4-5 years).

Wood dries faster when it’s smaller (duh) and is also less prone to cracking (checking) etc when it is smaller (thinner).

Also as said above, seal them with a dedicated green wood sealer or, at the very least, paint them. There is also a roof sealer (not roofing tar) that can be put on them in a pinch (it’s usually a lot easier to get locally than something like Anchorseal).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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