Playing with Burl:)

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Re: Playing with Burl:)

Postby maineshops » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:53 pm

Scott how do you cut the slabs out of the burl? I have a couple of smaller cherry burls that I can work with after your inspection.
I was thinking of making a fixture for the sawmill?
Didn’t know you were into lapidary work. When I sold my shop in Wyoming I kept a couple of pieces of equipment. I have some Wyoming jade left if you like to work with that. Dan
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Re: Playing with Burl:)

Postby scottp55 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:21 pm

Morning Dan,
On that Pin Cherry burl just posted,Brian(Bobtail Farm) had a friend with a Woodmizer that took a 5/4 slice off the tree side for him.
I'm not slicing...simply machining the bark side down with a pocket toolpath, and then nudging my Z down by eye and feel, until it will be stable when I flip it to the tree side for jigging.
Generally set Z for first pass by eyeball, and then with Whiteside 1.25" Mortising bit, take about .1" off a pass at 3IPS at roughly 16K....it goes quick.
You're the sawmill expert:)

Yep, Was on the road for almost 2 years, and hit the Tucson Gem Show in'96 and bought a Foredom and Diamond Pacific "Pixie" so I could cut in motel room when not camping in the Roadtrek 210 I fixed up for the wheelchair:) Mainly cut Yowah Opal 'cause when I started I was told NEVER to cut Opal! That's the Hardest!! :)
Went to Tucson a few more years to meet the miners, and now I ain't half bad.
Only a 10" tile saw with a lapidary blade,4"trim saw,and the Foredom and Pixie...so can't do big stuff.
Thanks for the offer, but still have 10 pounds of Alaskan Black I haven't touched in 10 years :oops:
Take a look at your Cherry burls, and see if you can jig them?
There's always the chainsaw or a crosscut :D
Gotta run,
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Re: Playing with Burl:)

Postby scottp55 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:54 am

Had a nice two hour visit with Bobtail Farm and his pup on his way South out of Maine!
Brought me a section of Burl that looks like the same Yellow Birch as that gem display :)
THIS one will be a bit more of a challenge to figure out what it wants to be:)
Could not RESIST surfacing it to max thickness/sanding/and giving it a pine resin mix coat.
THIRST little bugger just like the other piece.
First side that needed minimal surfacing;
8.15.19 YELLOW BIRCH BURL SIDE1 1.jpg

8.15.19 YELLOW BIRCH BURL SIDE1 2.jpg

8.15.19 YELLOW BIRCH BURL SIDE1 3.jpg



Second side went .125" deeper than a full surface cut needed;
8.15.19 YELLOW BIRCH BURL SIDE2 1.jpg

8.15.19 YELLOW BIRCH BURL SIDE2 2.jpg

8.15.19 YELLOW BIRCH BURL SIDE2 3.jpg



WONDERFUL light in the wood like the other piece!!
Looks MUCH better than the pics taken at end of a 17 hour day :oops:
Going to take bark off and play with sanding sides, while I figure it out :)
My first clock/humidity maybe?
FUN playing and seeing the figure appear instead of imagining:)
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Thanks for bring me something to play with Brian!!!
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Playing with Burl:)

Postby Bobtail Farm » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:21 pm

thanks for the honor you do me by spending your time and artistic expertise on the odd bit of wood i bring your way.
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