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Here is my Woodturning!

by Les Campbell

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I had been give some slabs of an Inland Douglas Fir burl by a friend that was seriously ill. His plan, for years, was to turn the burls into something beautiful for his wife. I decided that as a thanks to him I would turn a platter for his wife that she could enjoy and would remind her of her late husband.

Turning the burl was interesting because of all of the resin in the wood. The shavings were quite a fire hazard, but I got through to the sanding. Sanding was another challenge, again because of the resin. I used a 50/50 solution of Simple Green and water, soaking a rag and then using it ahead of the sandpaper. I was able to keep the sanding dust picked up and the surface lubricated to keep the heat down and the pitch from becoming gummy.

When the platter is back-lit the light comes through
the resin as a beautiful purple.

The final outcome of the platter surprised me. I noticed that when the platter was back-lit the light would come through the resin as a beautiful purple.

When presented with the completed 12" platter, the wife was overwhelmed.

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