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Blog series by icemanhank updated 01-08-2016 06:01 AM 7 parts 10420 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Cutting the burl

12-30-2015 04:03 AM by icemanhank | 3 comments »

Remind me not to try this again by hand. This Aussie Redgum burl is HARD, it took me about 3 hours to cut it with my trusty hand saw (which was the biggest one I had) and Black and Decker Workmate to hold it. I can just imagine the looks on my friends at the woodworking clubs faces when I tell them that I did something as crazy as this haha.

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Part 2: Preparing the burl and cutting material for legs

01-01-2016 03:35 AM by icemanhank | 0 comments »

Hi all, yep the hands are still sore!!! I hit the gnarly underneath with a wire brush to clean it up so I can get a reasonable finish into it. I have roughly levelled off the top of the burl with my trustee arborteck grinder and bored a couple of dishes into the top with the idea of having some type of plastic container sitting in there to catch the overflow of any watering.The top isn’t quite flat and although it doesn’t really matter that much, I am sure it will be gre...

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Part 3: Cutting stand joints and finish sanding the face of the burl

01-02-2016 07:25 AM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

Fitting the frame to the legs The face of the burl, it has been rough sanded with a belt sander and then with an orbital sander down to 400 grit sizing the stand

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Part 4: Cleaning up the joints

01-02-2016 11:35 PM by icemanhank | 0 comments »

Although the joints are nice and tight I am going to glue them up when done.

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Part 5: Glue up and starting the finish

01-03-2016 09:04 AM by icemanhank | 0 comments »

Today I shaped the legs and glued the frame together along with starting to get some finish into the burl. The colours in the top of the burl are fantastic. It is going to have a lot of coats.

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Part 6: The finish

01-06-2016 03:45 AM by icemanhank | 2 comments »

I am just brushing on lots of coats of finish on at the moment. I am using Feast Watson Satinproof and rubbing back with 220 between each coat. When it gets some more coats into it I am going to try mixing some Tripoli powder into the Satinproof and using a rag to rub in.

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Part 7: Fitting the burl

01-08-2016 06:01 AM by icemanhank | 2 comments »

Hi all, Here of some pics of fitting the burl to the stand. I intended using a router right way up on my Triton table but could not get a deep enough cut (even when turning the mounting plate upside down) so eventually i had to make multiple cuts with the crosscut saw of the triton. I had to lower the table in order to get the burl in the space and all went fairly smoothly, it was quite hard to mark for the cuts though as all of the faces of the burl were so uneven.

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