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#6071776 - 12/07/15 06:18 PM Burl wood
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I've got a bunch of burl I cut off an oak tree. Anyone every make any handles with oak burl?
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#6071857 - 12/07/15 06:54 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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Pics? Stabilized?
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#6071888 - 12/07/15 07:05 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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Oak Burl can be very beautiful when done right.
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#6073406 - 12/08/15 03:06 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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You giving it away?

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#6073797 - 12/08/15 06:28 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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I'd give some away yes. I have no pictures. Not stabilized. I've got a tree that has a Volkswagen sized ball I've been cutting off of.
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#6073807 - 12/08/15 06:33 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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Originally Posted By: Hen-Killer
I'd give some away yes. I have no pictures. Not stabilized. I've got a tree that has a Volkswagen sized ball I've been cutting off of.
I'd take some, but keep in mind I'd have to stabilize it to use on a knife.
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#6073813 - 12/08/15 06:35 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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What's that entail?
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#6073865 - 12/08/15 07:02 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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Originally Posted By: Hen-Killer
What's that entail?
it's a method where you vacuum a resin into the wood, it keeps it from checking and cracking.
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#6073956 - 12/08/15 07:49 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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Is the tree with the burl alive or dead?
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#6074303 - 12/08/15 11:16 PM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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#6074505 - 12/09/15 07:58 AM Re: Burl wood [Re: Hen-Killer]
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Originally Posted By: Hen-Killer
Alive


Therein lies the problem. It would need to be cut and sealed and allowed to dry. It could be kiln dried in smaller pieces but my experience is that it's prone to crack and split more when it's dried to fast.
Wood needs to be pretty dry for the stabilization process to be effective. If it's full of moisture the resin won't penetrate it sufficiently.

I've got some oak burl pieces in the shop that I cut off of a tree that died a couple of years ago from the drought and I feel like it's still to wet to use. Maybe some time next year I'll try to stabilize some and see how it does.


Edited by MikeC (12/09/15 08:05 AM)
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