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Burl Source
08-24-2012, 02:43 PM
UPS just brought me a small order from K&G.
Not sure exactly what I have here.
Looks like some black and some brown stuff.
Time to get these cleaned up.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/004-12.jpg

Burl Source
08-24-2012, 04:44 PM
After a little clean up
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/006-8.jpg
and finally
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/008-5.jpg

Burl Source
08-24-2012, 05:15 PM
I forgot to mention;
This is all Maple burl but dyed with a little more conservative colors this time.
Now, time to get back to my cleanup and sanding.

BTW:
35 views and no comments?
It's ok to say something like "the wood looks strange and Mark, you are weird".
Hopefully something friendlier and more constructive than that.
Spike must not be online. If he is.....look, a squirrel!
That one gets him every time.

Mr.Magnus
08-24-2012, 05:30 PM
looks nice :) but im more into natural colors.

WildBoar
08-24-2012, 05:40 PM
I think they look cool, but would like to see more pics.

markenki
08-24-2012, 06:20 PM
What do you do to clean up the wood after it comes back from K&G?

SpikeC
08-24-2012, 06:41 PM
He scrubs it with comet cleanser, then rubs it on the sidewalk where LOOK A SQUIRREL!!!!!!!

Burl Source
08-24-2012, 06:51 PM
He scrubs it with comet cleanser, then rubs it on the sidewalk where LOOK A SQUIRREL!!!!!!!

I'm supposed to be using Comet too? I usually rub it on the sidewalk and then smear it with some bacon fat.
Boy do I feel like a dumby!
I thought of you the other day when we watched the movie "Up".
Talking dogs that were easily distracted whenever anyone yelled "Squirrel".

Back to cleanup.
When the wood first comes back from being dyed first and then stabilized it looks like this. Very dark.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/004-12.jpg

The exteriors are covered with gunk that may be a little sticky. This is excess resin with some pigment from the dye.
That outer rind is what causes most of the clogging and gunking up of your sanding belts. I remove the exterior with my sander using very course 36 grit. If you go much finer the belts or discs clog faster.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/005-12.jpg

Then I go to 120 grit with the stationary belt sander.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/006-8.jpg

Finally 220 grit with a palm sander.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/007-10.jpg

You have probably noticed the blocks looking a little darker as you get to the finer grits.
That is because the coarser surfaces reflect the light differently hiding a lot of the color.
As you get a smoother surface the coloring and figure begin to stand out a lot more.

This is 220 grit and sprayed with a light coat of lacquer. Not quite as nice as it will look when a handle is properly finished. But enough to show some of the potential.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/008-5.jpg

markenki
08-24-2012, 07:10 PM
Thanks for the explanation, Mark.

SpikeC
08-24-2012, 08:12 PM
No fair using the same stuff in two threads!!!

Burl Source
08-24-2012, 09:09 PM
No fair using the same stuff in two threads!!!
Some people don't get around like you do Spike. You....You....Dog!

K-Fed
08-24-2012, 09:36 PM
Just grabbed a block of the black dyed maple burl. It's got a sinister look to it that will be perfect for my vintage scimitar. =) Nice looking wood

Dave Martell
08-24-2012, 10:01 PM
Just grabbed a block of the black dyed maple burl. It's got a sinister look to it that will be perfect for my vintage scimitar. =) Nice looking wood

:doublethumbsup:

HHH Knives
08-24-2012, 10:03 PM
The black maple is AWESOME! Mark will you be adding some to the store any time soon. or are you sold out?

hax9215
08-24-2012, 11:19 PM
Mr. Farley, I want the two on thebottom left. Are these for sale?

Hax the Cook CLEAVERS RULE!!! :D

Crothcipt
08-25-2012, 02:12 AM
crap more great wood that I wont get. Awesome looking wood Mark.

Burl Source
08-25-2012, 01:26 PM
I put 6 blocks in the store last night and 5 are gone now.
I will spend the day cleaning and posting the rest in the store.

Burl Source
08-25-2012, 08:24 PM
I just finished adding these blocks to the store.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/dmb064.jpg (http://www.burlsource.us/servlet/StoreFront)

Burl Source
08-25-2012, 09:14 PM
and these ones too.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/1-31.jpg (http://www.burlsource.us/servlet/the-Brand-New-Pieces/Categories)