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Author Topic: How to saw a burl  (Read 982 times)

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Offline bendjoseph

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How to saw a burl
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:25:44 am »
A buddy gave me ten cords of oak and cherry.  This was in on of the trees.  How should I have it sawed?  I left about a foot of trunk on both ends.

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Re: How to saw a burl
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 11:41:07 am »
No advice on the burl, but your image didn't post.  Is this the one?

 

 
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Re: How to saw a burl
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2017, 08:08:22 pm »
A buddy gave me ten cords of oak and cherry.  This was in on of the trees.  How should I have it sawed?  I left about a foot of trunk on both ends.

How you have it sawed I'd say depends on what you would like to do with it.
I sawed one similar to that only much larger into discs, 1" to 4" thick, as the owner wanted to turn dinner plates and shallow bowls.
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Re: How to saw a burl
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 11:10:13 pm »
I sawed a large red oak burl into 4" slabs, was able to cut those into pieces as needed later. One thing I was surprised about. The burl as left on an eight foot log and once we cut into the log a few inches the grain returned to normal. This may not hold true with other burls
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Re: How to saw a burl
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 08:45:17 am »
 I have sawn only a few burls of any size, and they were all like the one shown below-a sphere with a log running through it. From my experience, for burl-only figure from this type of burl, I would try to saw (skim) as many pieces as I could off the outside of the log, without including the log.  Maybe even turning it 180 after getting the best side, then after that going for the other two faces (not what I did for the photos below).  Of course I'd saw the log (center) too, but what i mean is to go for the wood from the outside of the log as much as possible.   This progression shows the results from sawing one burl through and through.  This customer wanted widest possible pieces for coffee table type projects not just small burl pieces.



  

  

  

  

 
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Re: How to saw a burl
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 06:05:18 pm »
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