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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-15-2020, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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It is light for a burl. I just cut up a Western Ironwood and this is a feather in comparison. It is about 15" long by 8" tall and 4" thick.
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That shiny coat on it is what makes me curious. Makes me wonder.
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That shiny coat on it is what makes me curious. Makes me wonder.
urethane...
it was used as stabilizer...
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Welcome to the forum Matt. Not sure your location will assist in the determining of that burl as it could be from anywhere in the world. But I certainly agree that it appears to be redwood. From what I can see it looks to be slightly over a foot wide maybe, say 16"x12" and maybe 3-4" thick? Of course that's just based on the background as a scale.....

Never mind the guess I didn't see that post....
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Welcome to the forum Matt
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Whoever had this burl before put resin on it and thick. I am going to try and sand it off and cut it for pen making
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Matt if you were somewhere around the west coast then the chances of it being redwood go up. But that didn't come from a tree local to your area unless it came from some exotic tree in someone's yard which is still unlikely based on where you are so precise location isn't going to help. According to the wood database it should weigh in the neighborhood of 26 lbs/ cubic foot. Burl wood might be a little heavier than that. If you can do a rough calculation for volume and it corresponds to a weight like that then redwood takes the lead in possibilities as almost every other wood it could be is heavier (denser) than that. https://www.wood-database.com/redwood/
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Whoever had this burl before put resin on it and thick. I am going to try and sand it off and cut it for pen making

Welcome to the Forum, Matt...

I wouldn't sand it but rather scrape it. Sanding will heat up the finish and wood and may bring up oils that could be undesirable. Scraping is a much better way to go...it will allow you to get right down into the pores.

Good luck with it...BTW...I wouldn't cut it up for pens...find a use for it whole...it looks big enough for a couple of end tables...if both sides are poly-raz-matazed, even better...(get it resawed in half)

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I was very intrigued on what the inside looked like so I cut 4 pieces out of it. I am a huge rock collector and I just have to see the inside beauty of things!
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The whole burl is 11"×7"×2 1/4" thick. It weighs 2 - 1/2lbs
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