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Forum topic by amateur posted 08-11-2012 01:50 PM 646 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2012 01:50 PM

I have three potentially beautiful slabs of big leaf maple burl and am having trouble with the finishing. Most of the wood I have worked is simply sanded in the direction of the grain until all the lines are out. These slabs have a swirling grain that doesn’t have a clear-cut direction. I seem to be adding almost as many lines as I am removing. What do you do?


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#1 posted 08-11-2012 01:58 PM

Are you using a random orbital sander ? Normally on burl you would get the burl flat with perhaps a router sled set up then a belt sander and then go through several grits of sand paper with a ROS.

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#2 posted 08-11-2012 02:09 PM

The best way to finish a burl is with a card scraper.

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#3 posted 08-11-2012 02:35 PM

Another good approach Roper

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 03:27 AM

Thank you. I’m gonna try the scraper. If I have more questions, I will post them.

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