Australian Rosewood and Mallee Burl

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Project by ruddy posted 09-06-2015 12:05 PM 2659 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another of an Asian style box that has both a drawer and box and lid compartment. The corner legs are made from Rock Maple and the the box is constructed with small 5 mm dominos.
The box and drawers are lined with a purple pigskin suede.
A friend asked me to make this box for his wife and the completion is just one year late! Ever had one of those projects you start and then for whatever reason it remains idle for a year?

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 09-06-2015 12:48 PM

Very nicely done. The best things in life are worth the wait!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 09-06-2015 03:04 PM

Totally beautiful! The pulls are amazing.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 09-06-2015 03:52 PM

Great looking box Ruddy. Very unique!

-- Daniel P

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#4 posted 09-06-2015 05:21 PM

Excellent work Ruddy

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#5 posted 09-06-2015 05:56 PM

Again Ruddy, a very nice box, but then I have always liked this style that you have perfected. BTW, do you have the top of the legs shaped with a concave curve? Hard for me to tell given the resolution of the pics over electronic medium. If so, nice subtle touch to reflect the curves in the legs and pulls.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#6 posted 09-06-2015 08:14 PM

Good box, Ruddy. Nice style, choice of woods. What’s not to like.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 09-06-2015 11:53 PM

Certainly worth the wait. You have some really cool woods down under.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 09-06-2015 11:58 PM

Thank you Ian for sharing this beautiful box with us. I’m constantly inspired by your creations.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#9 posted 09-07-2015 01:23 AM

Thanks for the comments. Greg48….the tops of the curved legs are concave and at an angle to create the visual illusion of the best of Asian style. Mallee Burl is just like marble…nature at her best.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#10 posted 09-07-2015 10:17 AM

Cool design with those legs outside the box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-07-2015 10:48 AM

unique styling, I really like it.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#12 posted 09-07-2015 02:52 PM

Very appealing to look at. Each photo made me want to see more. What is the burl wood that you used in the top?

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#13 posted 09-07-2015 11:58 PM

Beautiful jewelry box! I love everything about it, especially those legs!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 09-08-2015 12:05 AM

What was the hurry ?
Good work takes good time to get it right and this box turned out just right and I am sure it will be much appreciated .
Yes I have a few projects sitting on the shelf and they just need a little maturing and that comes with time .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 09-08-2015 07:07 PM

That burl is mesmerizing! What did you finish it with?

Is there any concern about that center burl piece busting the wood which frames it? I’ve been told to never frame with wood unless you’re framing a plywood panel. Is the burl a veneer over plywood?

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