Stabilizing A Large Burl: Woodturning With Sam Angelo

This is one of my latest projects I'm going to stabilize this wood in this video, stay tuned. I'll show you how do I do it I do a little video on stabilizing would ordinarily when we stabilize wood, or we buy a piece of wood, that's been stabilized, we're talking about maybe a pen, blank it's impregnated with something that is hardened, the wood, it saturates, the wood and becomes very hard. We use this in some situations where the wood is a little punky. Well, I have a lovely Buckeye burl, that's, really. Punky, I mean, this is a project I'm working on this is going to be the face of the project eventually I've got a face plate screwed into that, and I've been working on the backside of this right here.

Okay, here's a little closer view of my Buckeye burl. This is the backside, and I'm going to have an expansion recess right here for my scroll, Chuck I've been turning this, and it's, very fibrous or fibrous. Now, I've been turning this, and mostly I've been using a scraper on that as fast as I can spin. It. Which is about four or five hundred rpm, but it's, very fibrous. The wood is not very dense, and I'm having trouble with a lot of tear-out.

So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to stabilize this. Well, you could do it with superglue, but that cost you about 50 bucks here's. What I'm going to do after I, throw this ball for cocoa.

Now in woodworking, there are a lot of applications where you would do this. The wood is too soft or porous. In this case, it's just downright punky. You put something in the wood. To harden it to stabilize the fibers of the wood, then I'm going to take this back on the lathe and do some more turning with a scraper with heavy Brewer on it, and then I can do some sanding.

So what I'm going to do is I'm taking some boiled linseed oil, all right, and I'm going to put a little of Japan dryer in that. Now if you've ever used Japan dryer, you would read the instructions, and you would know that you have to use this with a natural finish like tongue, well, varnish, okay, I'm having. Trouble from my assistant back there, he may hear her in the background, so we're going to put this up for a second anyway, you have to use Japan dryer with something that's natural. Well, I think boiled linseed. Oil is fairly natural it's, not going to work with something like polyurethane. Now I've got a little of boiled linseed oil in this can maybe about two inches, and I've taken about a half a cupful of this and mixed it in there. You have to be very careful with this stuff.

Be careful not to. Breathe, it gets a respirator or have a fan in the background, that's blowing the fumes away. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to just saturate this, and I've already put two coats on I'm in no rush. This is going to take possibly a week to stabilize this just put a coat on and let it dry. The next day I'm going to put another coat on, and eventually I'm going to have a surface that's a little harder and going to give me a better finish when I do put a tool to it. Let me readjust my camera now I.

Think the first step in finishing a piece of wood is sealing, it is really well, and I think I'm covering that base in this process. Eventually, what I want to happen is for my mixture to dry near the surface, and I'll start to get a shiny appearance on the surface. This will tell me that I accomplished what I'm trying to do here and stabilizing this piece of wood, well, that's going to be a little time-consuming, but it's worth it. It may take seven or eight coats of that. But when I get done I can turn that. And it's going to be a lot smoother. You do not need Japan dryer it's going to make my finish dry a little faster, and maybe I don't know, maybe a little harder.

But you got to be careful with this stuff, it's its, nasty, it's a only way there's a quick tip on stabilizing, a larger piece of wood. Now the idea behind this video is simply to stabilize or harden wood is too soft to turn. One of the products I've used in the past is a Min wax product, it's, a wood, hardener, and I'm, not going to use it on this. Piece this is about 15 dollars for this little cam, and it's a little expensive.

So I might use this on smaller pieces. Anyway, you don't have to stabilize this with an oil like I. You can use whatever you want and a lot of times if I have something left over I may stabilize a piece of wood or sealed it with that, just because you know, it's going to go to waste anyway, I believe you with a little of turning, and I'm actually going to wear my chainsaw helmet because I don't want this thing to not. Be in the head. So here we go.

Now what I'm going to use is my biggest scraper, big and hefty and does a good job. I've got a burr on the top of that, and I'm also going to use my remote switch to turn this off. And on I am only spinning this about 400 rpm beyond that. My power Magic is shaking too much. Now if you do something like this with the burl that's, very large and heavy and out of balance I think a face plate is really the only way to go I did actually have a little piece of this come off.

My. Lathe so I'm trying to stand out of the line of fire. And if you have a pet in your shop, it's, a good idea to take that pet someplace else, I do not have Coco in my shop when I'm turning something like this I don't want her hurt at all, so I'll, leave you with a little more turning. This is pretty self-evident and I'll. See you next time Thanks now I can tell right now from the shavings I'm, getting off that that that wood is a lot different from was before I was getting really just a lot of. Dust so that's, not too bad.

Thanks for tuning in I'll talk to you next time that wood is going to be awesome.


Dated : 09-May-2022

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