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    Burr Oak Platter

    We had a brief drop in temps last night after a storm so I jumped at the chance to get out to the shop and turn something. I have a BIG pile of burr oak from a tree taken down in our backyard so I grabbed a crotch blank I'd cut a few weeks ago. It was starting to check kinda bad, but looks solid enough to give it a go. Had to turn away quite a bit of punky sap wood, but it still ended up about 10" in diameter. Has some checks in it still and will probably warp a bunch...but that's what I like about burr oak. I ebonized the bottom with my 6yr old mix of vinegar and steel wool after oiling the top. Only took about 45 mins and by that time the heat and humidity had returned so I only got the one turned.
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    Love the grain in that! Is Burr Oak a species, or what? I don't think I've heard of it before.
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    Thanks Roger! Not sure about burr oak being a species...it's the state tree here in Iowa and grows all over. Pretty sure it's in the red oak family. Usually has fantastic grain. Burns in the fireplace great too which is good because I have a bit of it!
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    Looking good, Jeff. Here's hoping it doesn't crack too much on you.
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    Looking good!!

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    Looks really good from here also. I don't have a lot of the cracking on my oak, but boy o boy does it like to warp.

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    Great classic platter Jeff. Ebonizing was a cool idea for that rustic feel.
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    I have not turned any bur oak, yet. I was supposed to get a tree a while back but had some mechanical problems with the loader so it ended up a no go. Good looking wood and I like the design. Just a nice classic shape that is an eye catcher. The live oak I have has a tendency to crack and warp as well. Good job!

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone! Turned some more of it last night. Stopped turning a bowl because some checks were growing and I didn't think it would be safe to continue. Oh well...it's only wood.
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    Great-looking platter. And what a fantastic use of firewood :-)
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