Red Mallee Burl Platter

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Project by Ken Waller posted 11-02-2009 04:55 AM 4006 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a platter made from a red mallee burl (Australia) that measured 10 3/8” x 7” x 2 1/2”
The face of the burl was pretty flat so I used a small faceplate for initial mounting. The bottom surface was turned (with a tenon) and sanded to 2000 grit. The blank was then reversed in my chuck and the upper surface was turned and sanded to 2000 grit. Both sides were given 3 coats of Tung oil then the tenon was removed, the base bottom sanded to 2000, 3 coats of tung oil, then the entire piece was buffed with the Beall system. Final thickness was about 3/16”.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 05:22 AM

Wow thats an amazing burl

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 05:39 AM

Great turning Ken, like how you have done the base. Have to ask “what is the Beale system”.

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

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 05:49 AM

Great platter I envy you wish I could get burls here but not available at any cost,they burn them in the jungle,been trying to get some for years to no avail,anyway great work my friend

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 06:35 AM


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

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 06:35 AM

wonderful turning, the finish is awsome, it looks as though it would be quite an out of balance turning, how did you handle that?

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 08:23 AM

All I can say is WOW!

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 01:31 PM

That is a real pretty oiece…..... Someday I will turn a chunck of burl, but at this point my skills are not up to the task….. nor is my walet !

Nice job of that burl…..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 02:10 PM

Wow! 3/16” now that is thin, Great Job and the wood is Beartiful!

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 11-03-2009 05:54 AM

Fantastic turning. 3/16? On a piece that out of ballance. And I thought I did crazy stuff!

Fantastic job. The wood is just breeathtaking. That Beal system works great in the right hands.

Your talent is awsome!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Ken Waller

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#10 posted 11-03-2009 05:19 PM

Thanks for the kind words.
Bob, the Beall System is a series of 3 buffing wheels charged with tripoli, white diamond and carnauba wax respectively. It’s designed to be used after your finish has dried and produces the ultimate smooth finish.
Check it out here I use it on almost all my work. The system I have has a mandrel and seperate arbors for each wheel. Beall also makes a system where all three wheels are mounted on 1 shaft held between centres on your lathe. You can’t get the same depth into the insides of a bow with this version.
This piece wasn’t as unbalanced as it may appear. The piece is relatively light and on the OneWay there was no vibration. Light cuts with sharp tools makes it easier.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#11 posted 11-03-2009 10:00 PM

What a nice looking and unique platter.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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