Stabilized Koa and Maple Burl

GeneK

KNIFE MAKER
#1
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
#4
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.
 

John Wilson

Well-Known Member
#7
What a smoking deal on that Koa!
no kidding! It seems like every time Gene posts one of these I just got done spending all my money on something unexpected. In the last six weeks everything I have broke down all at once! If it wasn’t for that I’d have bought every piece!
 

GeneK

KNIFE MAKER
#8
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.
#4 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
#12
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
#13
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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