Stabilized Koa and Maple Burl

GeneK

KNIFE MAKER
I have some blocks of curly koa and maple burl that I just got back from K&G. If anyone is interested, I will post some better pictures tonight. The koa blocks will be $30 and the maple burl blocks are $25, USPS shipping included.

Maple burl.



Double dyed maple burl.



Koa.

 

GeneK

KNIFE MAKER
What size are the blocks? I am guessing 2 x 2 x 5.43 inches? Am I close?
Chris, they are various sizes. The smallest are 1" X 1 1/2" X 5". I have a few larger blocks that don't have as much curl and more coming out of the drier.


Hey Gene,

Koa blocks

On the left, from the top goinf down:

3,5,8

on the right:

1 (the top one)
John, I will mark those as yours and get some pictures to you of all sides to make sure you like them.
 

GeneK

KNIFE MAKER
Here are pictures of all sides of the blocks. Blocks 1-6 of the koa are at least 1 3/16" X 1 1/2" X 5". Blocks 7-12 are at least 1" X 1 1/2" X 5".
$30.00 each shipped.
#2,4,8 are SOLD





Maple burl blocks.
$25.00 each shipped.
1 - 1 1/4" X 1 9/16" X 5 1/4" SOLD
2 - 1 1/16" X 1 5/8" X 5" SOLD
3 - 1 1/8" X 1 5/8" X 6" SOLD
4 - 1 3/16" X 1 9/16" X 6 1/4" SOLD
5 - 1 7/16" X 2" X 6 1/4"
6 - 1 1/16" X 1 9/16" X 5" SOLD


Double dyed maple burl.
$25.00 each shipped.
7 - orange/red 1 1/8" x 1 5/8" X 5 3/4"
8 - red/black 1 1/16" X 1 9/16" X 4 1/2" to void
9 - yellow/red 1 1/16" X 1 9/16" X 6"
10 - SB/blue 1 1/4" X 1 3/4" X 5"
11 - green/brown 1 1/4" X 1 3/4" X 5"
12 - orange/black 1 1/4" X 1 3/4" X 5"





 
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Austin Thrasher

Well-Known Member
Got my maple burl block in today. It’s even better than I’d hoped. Thanks for the quick replies and quick shipping.

Now, I’ve never used stabilized wood before and I don’t want to ruin something so nice. So... What are y’alls suggestions on finishing? What grit do I sand to and what sort of finish coat? I like my Tru-oil but if there is something better, I’m open.
 

GeneK

KNIFE MAKER
Thanks Austin, I'm glad you like it. This maple burl is some of the best I've had.

I sand all stabilized handles to 800 or 1000, then hit them with the buffer. I use white compound on the buffer. Some stabilized woods still need a finish in my opinion. These woods will lose their shine with some handling of the knife. If I see this, i usually put 2-4 coats of tru-oil on them.

With the maple burl, I haven't noticed this, so I just buff them after sanding to 800 or 1000 grit.
 
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