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07-23-2013 09:14 PM

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I have a house being built near me. Drove by and seen that they had cut down abou a dozen oak trees and dug up the root burls. Pushed it all up in a pile with a loader. I stopped and asked if I could have some, they said all I want.

My question, I am obviously going to bring all of the good logs back. But how about the root burls? Now I know the hazards of sawing them with rocks and such. What I mean is, would I find a cool enough grain pattern to make it worth trying? I have never cut one before. I know some root burls are prized for their characteristics.

Thanks for looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 09:19 PM

Even if you cant use ‘em, I’ll bet another woodworker near you would LOVE to have them!

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#2 posted 07-23-2013 09:22 PM

worth trying

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#3 posted 07-23-2013 09:23 PM

Some of the figure is hard to see, but this is an Oak Burl maze. I love the figure. I do not know if it was root burl though.


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#4 posted 07-23-2013 09:24 PM

spose if your gonna take the time to grab the logs, grab a burl. experiment with a quick hack and decide if you want to go back and get more…

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#5 posted 07-23-2013 09:38 PM

I have cut Manzanita root burls and I always used an older blade … you will find surprises …
I cut them on an old band-saw, I was never lucky enough to have a nice new mill like some guys.
Keep us posted on the progress.
I don’t know how big oak burls get but Manzanita burls are normally a bit bigger than a soft ball … There will be a new thread here … how big is your burl …

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#6 posted 07-23-2013 09:47 PM

I’m with the crowd here. I know you have a lot of wood these days and your gonna get more. LOL! If you have concerns about debris screwing up your blades , might consider a magic wand metal detector?

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#7 posted 07-23-2013 09:48 PM

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#8 posted 07-23-2013 09:49 PM

Get u some wood and see what it looks like. Do you have a chain saw ? Blades tend to be cheaper than good band saw blades. Be safe and yes, I’d get what I had space and time to dry.

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#9 posted 07-23-2013 10:39 PM

They are 12-16 inches across

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#10 posted 07-23-2013 11:08 PM

Sometimes a person has to take a chance on a bad surprise to get a good surprise. Rocks are boogers, they instantly dull blades and often ruin them if the sawyer is in a hurry. No way to know if they are there, wherever there is. I’d take a good look at them, seeking out ones that seem to be solid and not wrapped around or grown together. A nice, big bulging one with smooth sides makes one drool, but still no guarantees. With that size a person could easily enough use a hand saw instead of an electric saw and “feel” for rocks as they went. If it were me, I’d grab ‘em. Good luck!

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#11 posted 07-23-2013 11:17 PM

agree with joeyinsouthaustin: If you’re grabbing the wood anyway, take the burl as well; you can figure out how and what to do with it later, but if you leave it behind the decision is made for you.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#12 posted 07-23-2013 11:26 PM

FACT…If you don’t get them you will regret it later…

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#13 posted 07-23-2013 11:50 PM

Monte, Sounds like something fun to explore. If they are easy if to grab I would consider grabbing at least one or two then sitting them until you decide what to use them for.


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#14 posted 07-24-2013 12:04 AM

Get em.

Chain saw sounds like the way to go.

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#15 posted 07-24-2013 12:13 AM

A thought.

It’s oak, and it will get harder later so maybe if and when you get them you might slice it early? Green wood being easier to cut.

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