Look what walked into my shop today

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  1. TKOjams

    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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    And given to me for free!!! It's niced to be loved. :D

    Nice slab of Cherry Burl.

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    What to do with it?????

    would make some KILLER fretboards!!
     
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    I wouldn't envy you if you decide on fretboards. Inlaying and slotting cherry burl would not be high on my list of fun things to do, haha.

    EDIT: looks like a really nice catch though.
     
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    That's a nice chunk of wood you got there. How stable is burl. Could you make a neck from it?
     
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  4. Alex

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    I got a watch rotator box made out of Burl wood. It looks lovely. :)
     
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    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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    I don't know about a neck, there's some vioding in the burl (if that's the correct term)
     
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    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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    I'll bet, Alex.:D Amazing grain structure in this stuff!

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    Fingerboards? Think of the TOPs you could get out of that! :D
     
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    Definitely! Beautiful slab!
     
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    I'm going to attempt a top, but first some fingerboards...

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    The burl is not very stable, has a lot of voids in it. Not loving it...

    Just a side note....this stuff smells amazing when cut!! it's like inscents for God sake. My shop smells like a head shop.:D
     
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    Not very stable? Lots of voids? Sounds a lot like burl to me... ;)
     
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    It's gonna be scary, using this for a top.:shock:
     
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    Burl carved tops aren't fun, but dammit, they're pretty after the fact :D
     
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    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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    If you're done one, please let my pick your brain...I'm gonna need all the help I can get, brother.:ohno:
     
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    BWGuitars New Member

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    I did one in Buckeye burl last year. Swore I'd never do another burl carved top, but lately I've been wanting to do another...
     
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    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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    How did you stablize it for carving?:shock:
     
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    ive heard CA glue works. but that smell and vapor would just kill me. What about epoxy?
     
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    I'm thinking I'll need something that won't yellow with age. Epoxy is out...how about Z-poxy? does it yellow ??
     
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    I use CA + wood dust to fill voids. The fumes suck, yeah, but its effective.
     
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    Very much so.
     
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    Hope that is really, really dry before you start doing anything with it. I have a piece of redwood burl here that was going to be used on a SC design. It was dry when I got it and has been loitering here now for nearly two years. Recently I thought about re-purposing it because I scrapped the SC for now and was looking at it for ideas when I noticed micro-fractures near the glue line.

    Two areas have this happening now:

    http://i.imgur.com/Nx3HFmp.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/Bwt93KL.jpg

    At this point I will not use it for anything guitar related. Might get sliced into veneer for a box or something on that order. Not really sure why it started doing this because it has been in a climate controlled room and it doesn't get dry down here - ever (high humidity). Kind of sucks because it is a tremendous looking burl that reminded me of an eruption. :p
     

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