Christmas Box For Big Sister

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Project by BrentB posted 05-12-2016 07:45 PM 1584 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small 4”x3”x2” Birdseye Mesquite Burl Keepsake box. In 2015, after Thanks Giving dinner, I asked my sister what she wanted for Christmas. She said she wanted a box. No pressure. Just make a keepsake box in 3 weeks. I milled the wood from a large Mesquite burl. After completing the basic box structure and sanding for hours I began the finishing process using the French Polish technique. At the same time I started making the lid and feet accents. I like to mix natural edge wood accents with my boxes. After completing the finish on the box and accents I put everything together with a few days to spare. Needless to say I couldn’t wrap it as the finish needed to cure a bit longer, but I did get a big hug!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 12:39 AM

That’s a pretty cool looking box! That burl is gorgeous, and I like the organic look of it!

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

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 12:45 AM

Very nice looking box. A true piece of art.

-- Andy Smith

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#3 posted 05-13-2016 01:12 AM

I like it.
That was a lovely chunk of burl and a good use for it as well.
Your polish looks good too. Welcome to LJ.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 05-13-2016 12:24 PM

I’m new to LJ. Thanks Dean, Andy & Paul. After looking at each of your projects I realize I have a lot to learn and I really appreciate your comments!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#5 posted 05-13-2016 01:48 PM

Wow Brent that’s a Beautiful Box. I absolutely love working in mesquite especially since it has always been a trash tree growing up here, so many times I have seen them bulldozed up into piles and burned. Now it gets it’s revenge by so many woodworkers using its wonderful beauty to create such lovely projects. It of course is difficult to find large mesquite because of its sordid history of being a nu-sense tree. I have never seen first hand a mesquite burl that big congrats on being able to get one. Thank you for posting your project it is so wonderful to see someone who also appreciates it’s beauty.

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#6 posted 05-13-2016 02:09 PM

That is unbelievable textures, and the polish almost makes it look like the box is made from granite

-- Floyd - Harrison Arkansas

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#7 posted 05-13-2016 03:03 PM

Thanks Rick. I love working with Mesquite, especially burl wood and I also like working with Bodark. When you have a spread in West Texas or know someone who does it’s not terribly difficult to find old Mesquite burls. My brother has one that’s easily twice as big as the one in my photo. My dad gave me the one in the photo and he got it from a guy in Abilene that had dozens of them just sitting in a field beside his house. I find some here and there at my place that were pushed down 30 years ago or more. Most of them have various amounts of rot or riddled with bore worm holes. I also harvest smaller live branch burls when I ride through the Mesquite flats on my 4-wheeler. They’re everywhere. You just have to ride slow and keep your eyes peeled!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#8 posted 05-13-2016 07:13 PM

Brent, that’s a good looking box. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 05-14-2016 07:41 AM

Brent, what a beautiful box and beautiful material. You certainly did a nice job on the finish. It looks great. It is not easy to tell from just pictures, but I think I liked it better before you added the natural edges. However, the natural edges may show better in person than in photos. The edges do give it a less formal look and make it a more unique gift. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 05-14-2016 11:36 AM

First of al, wood itself looks awesome, especialy with that finish. I like the contrast between straight lines of the box with legs and handle live edge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 05-16-2016 04:35 PM

Oh my goodness Ivan. After looking at your projects I see you are the ‘Boxguy’ and I take your comment as a huge complement. I’m no photographer either and I don’t think pictures give any project its due versus seeing it in person. I’ve been making boxes for about 3-4 years now and I have a lot to learn. I harvest or acquire all my wood in its natural state and mill it myself. Every time I mill a piece of wood I get extremely excited about what I might find inside. I’ve got slices of wood that simply blow my mind, but there’s not enough of it to really do anything with it so I just keep it along with other pearls just like it. It’s hard to believe there is something so pretty inside of something that looks so ugly on the outside. It’s because of this I like to incorporate natural edges into boxes so that folks can see what they’ve been missing when they throw a another branch or log into the campfire. Most of the people I’ve given a box think of a piece of wood as just another board from the lumberyard cut up and put together to make something pretty, but it’s much more than that. Maybe it’s just me…I have a sickness!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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