Safely Storing Myrtle Burl

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Forum topic by mantwi posted 03-28-2014 02:32 AM 930 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2014 02:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: birds eye burl storage question

I have acquired a nice piece of birds eye Myrtle that is 15 1/2” x 23” and 3” thick. I plan to resaw and use it for veneer and door panels in small cabinets as the need arises. I’ll be using it sparingly and was wondering if anyone can give me tips on how to best store this beautiful piece of lumber so it’s moisture content remains stable. There’s not a split or crack in it and I’d like to keep it that way. Any advice will be appreciated. God bless.

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 02:46 AM

I’d coat it with this:

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 03:40 AM

I should have said the burl is dried, I want to avoid fluctuations in the moisture content. My shop is not climate controlled and we have some pretty high humidity here in Knoxville.

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 07:53 PM

Send this question to Greg at Oregon He is a member here. He would be the guy to know. I now live in Myrtlewood country and I would just put it with my other wood stash and not worry.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 08:00 PM

Depending on the size of the piece, you can put it in a paper grocery bag with some sawdust to help control the humidity. If it’s too big for that, perhaps a trash bag left open with sawdust. Not the fine sawdust from your DC, lathe dust is best or planer curls. It insulates and keeps the temp even and eats any humidity that gets in. I would not use a nut wood sawdust because they can stain lighter woods. Hope this helps.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 09:32 PM

Thanks Russell, I will follow your advice. God bless.

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