Jarrah Burl Platter

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Project by Ken Waller posted 10-19-2009 07:29 PM 2788 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This piece came from a half-burl. Unfortunately whoever harvested or processed the burl cut it in half ACROSS THE MIDDLE!! (such butchery) so I had a burl that was 3” high at one end and 1/2” high at the other. I couldn’t core it to get a second useable piece from it. The platter is approx 11” in dia and about 3/16” thick, sanded to 2000 grit, 3 coats of tung oil and buffed with the Beall system (2 buffing compounds and carnuba wax).

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 07:44 PM

It turned out nice. I love burl!!!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 08:22 PM

Very nice platter! I purchased a piece of Jarrah burl once and turn it completely into wood chips.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 10:21 PM

Nice turning work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 10-19-2009 10:33 PM

that is one awesome looking piece of wood, and the platter is great, nice job.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 10-19-2009 11:13 PM

Nice job well done

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#6 posted 10-19-2009 11:20 PM

Beautiful Platter. Great looking wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 10-19-2009 11:32 PM

It looks relly good. I have a question, on the Beall buffing system, how did you get all of the white diamond dust out of the cracks before you put on the final coat of wax?

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#8 posted 10-20-2009 12:33 AM

Re using the Beall System: I charge the wheel sparingly with the white diamond compound and don’t have a problem with white dust in the fissures. I also blow any dust after each grit & buff with compressed air.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 01:44 AM

Great looking platter Ken, lovely finish. Your right about the butchering of burls, over here in Oz it is hard to get a complete burl cap of Jarrah, the harvester or processor is only interested in the mighty dollar.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 10-20-2009 01:48 AM

Great look,wood and finish

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#11 posted 10-20-2009 05:57 AM

Great looking platter.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#12 posted 10-20-2009 11:59 AM

A nice show piece Ken. Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 04-07-2010 07:36 PM

Being as conservationists as I feel practical, I love to hear you saddened by an inability to stretch what is conceivably a finite resource. Call it a matter of money or just plain Yankee stubbornness to use as much as possible, I think we all should try to use every inch of wood we can in some practical way. Matching plates would have been a win.

Other than that, what a wonderful piece. Well done!

-- Lathes have a weird vortex around them; I lose all track of time when close enough.

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#14 posted 09-15-2010 07:47 PM

That’s so pretty. I just purchased a piece of Jarrah today. It looks pretty dense through the middle, but from what I’ve seen, Jarrah’s pretty consistently voided throughout. Hopefully it doesn’t blow up in my face!

-- Kelly Lynn Sharples, Sylvania, Ohio

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