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Thread: burl lumber question

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    burl lumber question

    My novice question for the day. Someone is sending me a few pieces of sample burl cherry and oak. Not sure how dry it will be. Does burl lumber need to be sealed to avoid checking?

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    Yep, I'd say if it is not dry, seal the heck out of it, better to be safe than sorry!
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    Ditto wat Stu said.
    And, you are lucky. Those should be nice pieces of wood. Be sure to keep us informed what you do with them.

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    I question the use of the word "Lumber" with Burls. I haven't seen many burls large enough to make boards out of. If, in fact they come a dimentional lumber, please post pictures. That way we can ALL drool!

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    My fault. The wood is all fairly small cut offs that I will use to make small turnings(pocket watches). Sorry to mislead anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Shiverdecker View Post
    I question the use of the word "Lumber" with Burls...
    I am similarly thrown off when someone refers to turning wood as "timber". It's a common use of the word in some parts of the world, but I'm not used to thinking of a pen blank as a timber.

    Gary, I'll echo the advice to seal the burl wood you get.

    I hope we get to see the results, too.
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