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Plum burl small necklace box with buckthorn hinge

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Project by Sodabowski posted 05-12-2015 06:27 PM 1280 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, you can say it’s been a while since I last posted a project. Time has been short with the university, but I managed to get a few things done nonetheless. Here’s a small bedside box I made for my significant other’s necklace. The body is plum burl, from a century old tree that was cut ten years ago and from which I had salvaged the biggest crotch, a huge burl slab, and several branches. This comes out of a piece of the burl. I cut it out on the bandsaw, and yes I forgot to take pictures along the way… So you can only see it rough, then done.

The hinge, which of course was inspired by many of what you guys posted here, is a single piece of wild buckthorn root, with an absolutely outstanding red-purple color, a lot in the same range as bloodwood. I’ll certainly turn some pens out of that stuff, plus it has a slight spalting with fine black lines adding a lot to it.
Anyway the hinge, as said, is a single piece, that was cutout with my sister’s jewelry saw, then drilled for a small 1mm rectified steel rod, then hand filed to get the proper shape with my trusty metal files.

The inside of the box is not pretty enough to be shown, but Sweetheart likes it rough, so I left it like that, with the Forstner bits’ marks and sanding marks. Oh, well.

Man, that plum stuff is incredibly HARD! Hope you like it.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...





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#1 posted 05-12-2015 06:29 PM

Nice and minimalistic :)

-- Cabinetmaker, restorer

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 06:30 PM

Bravo!!! Jolie couleur. I do not see the rough picture though. Cheers!

-- Patrice lejeune

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Sodabowski

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#3 posted 05-12-2015 06:35 PM

Dominik: wow you’ve grown an impressive beard, buddy. Thanks ;)
Patrice: Thanks! I have issues uploading the pictures, I had to do it one by one after posting, with reloading in between. Something needs to be greased in the LJs cogwheels I guess.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 06:39 PM

Great work brother.
Especially the cool hinge part.
That plum is awesome looking.

Almost a year between projects, I thought you had died…...lol

And if sweetheart likes it, you are home free…

-- Eric, central Florida

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 07:55 PM

Thanks Eric. Yeah I just noticed that too, a full year between each post, jeez, I really need to finish that Masters in Education to get me some free time again!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 09:46 PM

Great job, the simple design really lets the wood take center stage. That wild plum looks like neat stuff and well suited for making wooden hardware. I hope finishing your Masters lets you have more free time, I’m afraid it didn’t work out that way for me, but at least I do have more cash for tool purchases.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#7 posted 05-13-2015 10:23 AM

Thomas, Nice to see you post, you’re doing better than me, I find posting pictures here to be a hassle too. I have turned some plum that was grown in Florida. Very dense, hard, and quite beautiful when finished. Now you’re going to shame me into posting about a box I made with my version of wooden hinges. Your box is a winner if sweetie is happy

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 05-13-2015 06:52 PM

Beautiful box Thomas!
I love that little hinge, so fine and delicate.
What a wonderful piece of wood.
What a lucky woman.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 05-24-2015 07:16 PM

Love the hinge!!! I have been working on some of those myself. They are easy to mess up, but look so great when you nail them. Great job on this.

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#10 posted 05-25-2015 10:46 AM

What a cool and unique design Thomas.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#11 posted 05-28-2015 12:49 PM

Wow, I really like that plum burl and the purple root, even more so that it was saved from a fallen tree. I sure wish plum trees grew in Chicago. Of course, the box is beautiful as well.

May I ask how you cut the box? I’m guessing you drilled first, then bandsawed around it. Or did you turn it on a lathe?

I hope to see a pen from that root some day soon, if you ever find time.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#12 posted 05-28-2015 12:50 PM

(adding to watchlist)

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#13 posted 05-28-2015 01:29 PM

I cut it on the bandsaw first, cut the lid on the bandsaw too, then hogged out with a Forstner bit, cleaned up with a milling bit, then sanded it round and smooth on the belt sander :) I actually f*ed up when cutting up the root from the wild plum into chunks, because I didn’t measure to make sure I took a chunk long enough to turn into pens! Anyway, there are litterally thousands more of those wild plums in my claims, so yes, you will definitely see a pen turned from that awesome slightly spalted root stock! The purple in this thing is incredible…

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#14 posted 05-28-2015 06:38 PM

It’s okay, you can say foiled in this forum. :p

Too bad about cutting the pieces of root too short. Where’s hindsight when you need it, right? But good thing there is plentiful supply. Clearly, it would be a while but whenever you get around to restocking and turn a pen or two or five, I greatly look forward to seeing it/them.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#15 posted 05-31-2015 09:22 AM

Hahaha that’s nicely put ;) Can’t wait for the holidays to get a bite on that wild plum again!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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