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Project by BrentB posted 05-23-2016 03:58 PM 1337 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Mesquite Burl box. It’s the first box of this type I made. It’s a few years old now, but being new to LJ I thought I’d share. I made it for my wife’s 50th birthday, but don’t tell anyone. My brother had a huge Mesquite Burl weighing several hundred pounds. A few years ago he gave me some of it and I’ve been hooked on working with Mesquite since. I’d never possessed wood so beautiful before.

The box is 8×6x4. It’s the first time I made my own wooden hinges. I finished the box using the French Polishing technique. It was also my first time trying this particular finishing technique. I bought premixed Shellac initially and found it difficult to work with. I later found it was very old after learning how to decipher the mixing date. So I ordered Shellac flakes and started mixing my own. After a lot of trial and error I finally started getting the hang of it. I stripped this box and started over 3-4 times before I finally learned what the pad was telling me as I applied the finish correctly.

I’m no photographer and the finish is so glossy it was hard to take a good picture without seeing the reflection of myself and everything around the box. It looks better in person than it does in the pictures.

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





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Andy

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#1 posted 05-23-2016 05:03 PM

Ive never seen mesquite burl before. That is some beautiful wood. I can tell from the pictures that it looks alot better in person. Burl deserves a very nice finish and you have done it justice. Well done.

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods

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BrentB

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#2 posted 05-23-2016 05:14 PM

Thanks Andy!!

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

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 05-23-2016 08:03 PM

What a beautiful box.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ravensrock

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#4 posted 05-23-2016 08:10 PM

Great looking box. The wood is beautiful and you did a nice job on the finish. Congrats!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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Mean_Dean

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#5 posted 05-23-2016 11:48 PM

It looks better in person than it does in the pictures.

It looks pretty good here!!

That’s a great looking box, and that mesquite burl is amazing! I’ll bet your wife just loves it!

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

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madburg

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#6 posted 05-24-2016 12:50 AM

Great box with simple lines. Guess its solid, so lucky its stayed stable.

-- Madburg WA

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oldrivers

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#7 posted 05-24-2016 01:02 AM

Fantastic!The first Burl of this wood I have seen it is beautiful ~ Great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Roger

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#8 posted 05-24-2016 01:06 AM

A really super nice build. Luv the wood hinges also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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lightweightladylefty

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#9 posted 05-24-2016 03:58 AM

Brent,

That’s really a beautiful burl and the French polish is the perfect finish to show it off. Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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deon

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#10 posted 05-24-2016 05:54 AM

Beautiful wood and finish. (as far as I know prepared french polish matures with age, usually kept in a dark place)

-- Dreaming patterns

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Eli Adamit

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#11 posted 05-24-2016 11:03 AM

Beautiful wood and nice box.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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BrentB

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#12 posted 05-24-2016 11:16 AM

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I appreciate it very much!!

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

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majuvla

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#13 posted 05-24-2016 05:21 PM

The wood looks awesome. Bravo for wooden hinges.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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