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Old 04-12-2012, 12:44 PM
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Buckeye Burl help

I'm looking for the best way to finish Buckeye. Right now I'm mixing epoxy with buckeye dust and packing it into the holes. What do I need to do to make this stuff really shine?

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:27 PM
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Unless it's been stabilized, I don't consider buckeye burl suitable for knife handles. No matter what you do with/to it, it's going to contain voids, and be soft in some spots, "punky" in others, and will cause you more frustration than anything.

Some will say that there are a number of things you can do to "make it work", but I'm not one of them....when it comes to natural burls, once you've used them stabilized, nothing else will do.

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Old 04-21-2012, 08:18 PM
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Since I live in CA. I am able to get good prices on CA. Buckeye burl and use a lot of it. I have to agree with Ed and only use it after it has been stabilized. There is several good companys that do a excellant job of stabilizing your wood. I do not reccommend home brew stabilization, use the commercial companies that know how to do it right. Two off the top of my head are River Ridge and WSSI.
In fact I have all my wood stabilized except Coco Bolo, desert ironwood, black & tan Ebony as they have such a oil content that they are hard to stabilize or do not need it.

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