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    burr elm wall hanging

    hello all, heres a piece that i did a while ago

    below is a clicky link of a short video of it being done
    heres the video

    i started with a badly cupped natraul edge burr



    i planned it both sides and sucked it onto my lathe with a 6" vacum chuck to sand it to 400 grit


    i was losing pressure due to the natraul voids in the burr, i can either fill these from behind or attach a piece of ply to suck to!!


    heres the front sanded, now which way up looks best :-k



    heres a blurry bit of 3/4" ply


    thats better


    here it is



    i've marked out my design in pencil and i've found the first center



    heres the first circle complete


    here it is now turned on 4 centers and some textureing done, at this stage i like it and wonder wetehr to do more or leave it?


    close up of texture


    the finished piece with one coat of oil





    when i do off center work like this i turn my phone of, lock my work shop door and double check everything every time i move it or use it i.e tool rest etc. i also have a foot switch which i hover my foot over all the time.
    it certainly requires a clear head and full concentration
    Last edited by George Watkins; 01-05-2009 at 08:30 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Outstanding! Would love to hang something like that on my wall!

    My lathe would walk out the door if I tried something like this. Thanks for sharing!
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    Jeff said it ..... in spades!!!

    cheers

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    i would even hang that up for display or use it on a table to hold small goodies that is sharp
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    Wow that beautiful. I would hang that on my wall anytime.
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    George,
    That is wonderful! How do you attach the burl to the plywood?
    "Small Change got rained on with his own 38"

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    You have done justice to the piece of burl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Jordan View Post
    George,
    That is wonderful! How do you attach the burl to the plywood?
    thanks pete, i used half a dozen 1 1/2" screws counter sunk in to avoid issues with the chuck

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    Thanks George,

    How do you get rid of the screw holes?
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    Beautiful George.



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