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Project by Durnik150 posted 06-02-2009 06:32 AM 2047 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry that the pictures on this project are a little fuzzy. The camera was being a little finnicky.

I had a really nice piece of Maple Burl. It had tons of swirls and curls that I wanted to show off. It was pretty small so I know I didn’t have a lot of options. I made this one before I made the Padauk version so it is a little blockier and not as rounded.

There was no need to do any laminating since so I was able to jump right into the cutting. After lopping off the back, I cut out the drawer and realized how small the piece was truly going to be! I would be the perfect size for a watch or maybe two.

After some time with the belt sander I had the drawer fitting well and the major bumps out of the surface. One thing I learned with this project is that burl wood is BRITTLE! There’s not a lot of flex, give and take. Since there is no defined grain you never know where it may decide to snap off. Luckily this piece didn’t break or evn crack but I felt like I was on the edge all the time.

A finish of gloss poly really added depth to the burl wood. If I had a little more experience with finishes at the time I did this, I think I could have brought out the depth even more and made this a truly spectacular visual piece.

I took a grayed piece of burl and worked it over with the belt sander to shape the pull. The drawer fits pretty tightly so I made the pull a little over-large so bigger hands have something to get a grip on.

The box is 8” wide, 1 1/2” tall and about 3” deep. The inside is flocked with light gray fibers. I would have liked it to be a little darker gray but I think almost any color would look light compared to the dark wood.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO





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#1 posted 06-02-2009 06:52 AM

That’s a real nice box. What would you change on the finish?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 06:58 AM

The finish looks ok to me and the overall execution is good.

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 07:54 AM

This piece has two coats of straight polyurethane on it. It takes a longer time to dry at full strength. If I were to do this piece now I would have rounded the corners a little more (not really a finish issue but I would do it a little differently) and utilized at least 3 coats of thinned poly. I usually mix the poly 50/50 with lacquer thinner. It dries much faster and lays down a thinner coat.

The other thing I might have tried would be a light analine dye. Combined with the changes in the rest of the finish I think that would make the burl wood scream for attention!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 01:06 PM

You gained a lot of experience from this piece and in the process turned out a fine product.

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#5 posted 06-02-2009 03:37 PM

As usual, great looking box. I use alot of water based poly. I am finding that a quick coat of Shellac, then a couple, three coats of the poly really makes the grain “pop” as they say. Another fine looking box, for sure! Thanks for sharing.

-- Larry , Colorado www.coloradorecordcrates.com

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 04:07 PM

Another beauty, that wood is awesome.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 04:42 PM

Very nice watch box looks great

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#8 posted 06-02-2009 10:29 PM

Beautiful wood and very well done.

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#9 posted 06-10-2009 09:03 AM

A finish of gloss poly really added depth to the burl wood. If I had a little more experience with finishes at the time I did this, I think I could have brought out the depth even more and made this a truly spectacular visual piece.http://www.globalreplica.com/

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