What to do with an odd burl

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Forum topic by Patsquatch posted 11-09-2018 01:41 AM 971 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2018 01:41 AM

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Hello. A friend gave me a burl to turn and I am more than happy to do so. Only problem is im not really sure on what to do with it’s odd shape. It would make a nice small bowl but there is one area on the bottom that is a deep divot … Any help/guidance/ideas would be great!!

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#1 posted 11-09-2018 01:48 AM

stabilize it and cast it before turning then make a bowl.


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#2 posted 11-09-2018 03:13 AM

Do you suggest casting the entire thing, or just enough to fill in the low spots? I’ve never used resin, do you have a brand or product to suggest? It’s a great idea that’ll keep the great looking character

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#3 posted 11-09-2018 11:43 AM

When turning a burl there are no guarantees. While took some outstanding photos really not seeing everything you are seeing. Would mount between centers to get basic bowl outside shape. If used my spur drive center in the headstock or worm screw mounted in my chuck would turn either a tenon or recess so can mount in chuck to turn inside of the bowl.

The time and cost of stabilizing not something would want to take on. Prefer to leave voids, cracks, or holes natural. Yes, you need to watch your tool control so don’t do lot of damage. My way of saying take it easy when tuning inside.

Can always use epoxy to fill voids, cracks or holes before turning or as you turn also. Question then is whether to leave epoxy clear or dye it.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 11-09-2018 01:14 PM

If the wood hasnt started to rot, turn as is, no need to stabilize, unless you dont want to end up with thru holes. Folks seem to really like the bowls/platters with through holes that I turn. A simple bowl form is best IMO, the wood is the star not the form with a nice burl.

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