Yes they will be for looks only.
I have seen burled walnut on auto dashboards, handles, etc. I
don't need any particular thickness, just as long as it will wrap
around a circle or semi-cirlce.
A certain amound of u.v. will be blocked by glass and refinishing
won't be too much trouble for me.
"L eif Thorvaldson wrote:
"> > I am not really skilled in w.w. however, I want to cut some
"> > slices from burled walnut and wrap them around some 4 to 6
"> > posts that will be in the sun.
"Your objective is obviously for looks and not function. There
"several reasons why your plan may fail, and there may be a few
"options, for you, in acquiring the look you want.
"Failure: *Your burl may crack/check while you are trying to cut
"veneer pieces. Depending on how you cut it, it may heat up as
"There are varying densities within the burl and it will expand
"contract at varying temps. *Your burl veneer may likely
"when you are attempting to attach it to the posts, no matter
"method you use to bend it. Again, the varying densities may play
"with that, in that the border between two different density
"react differently to the stress/strain of the bending. *IF you
"get it attached sufficiently, it will likely crack/check at some
"time because of expansion/contraction, when being heated by the
"the different density areas. *It may detach from your posts
"the different density of the burl, as a whole, compared to the
"themselves. And I suppose you plan on clearcoating the burl
"exposed? That won't work out well, either). And leaving it raw
"won't work for looks. Clearcoating it will not last very long,
"exposed to sunlight, unless you plan on recoating often. For
"coating exterior pieces, I would recommend tung oil or WaterLox,
"even these will deteriorate, over time, when exposed.
"Options: *Buy walnut veneer and apply to your posts. THis will
"time and effort. *Faux stain your posts to look like burled
"Practice on some scrap wood to get your technique down and the
"look you want. Sponge or rough rag. Stains used on barns may be
"option rather than standard project staining. *If you have some
"burl walnut, save it for another nice project worthy of walnut
"maybe, make some rosettes or pull knobs with any small scraps.
"and pull knobs are good practice projects for any woodworker,