Bog Oak & Sycamore Box

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Project by Bruce Cherrill posted 01-01-2010 11:32 PM 3264 views 11 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do many different projects, with many “unique” design aspects, as I do not like doing a design that I have seen elsewhere. So as a result I have a default button when I do my own work. That is the humble box. It actually is a great way for me to learn more about wood, how it looks and feels, joinery and the like without wasting too much timber if I get it wrong. This box is special to me as I wanted to do a Bog Oak box (which seems to be very rare). However, in this instance, as I was making it, it looked too dark and depressing. So halfway through I looked at incorporating Sycamore into the design. As it turns out I think it worked and it now sits on a family members dresser.

-- Bruce, Ireland,

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 11:35 PM

Very nice!!! I like the contrast of the bog oak and sycamore, it is striking. I also like the feature with the circular piece with a cutout on the front – very unique. Great job on the top, too.

Everything considered, I would rate this as a great box!


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#2 posted 01-01-2010 11:36 PM

wow… is that bog oak naturally that color? or did you dye it with something?

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 11:49 PM

Bold and beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-02-2010 12:35 AM

Another beauty. I like the design & wood contrast.

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#5 posted 01-02-2010 12:37 AM

sweet and unique box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 01-02-2010 12:40 AM

Very nice, I do like that coloring.

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#7 posted 01-02-2010 02:36 AM

Bruce,the contrast is very eye catching! Nice workmanshop too.
The choice of sycamore was very appropriate in that is comes very white to off set the bog oak!

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 03:19 AM

Nice contrast and great design.

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#9 posted 01-02-2010 05:36 AM

Fantastic box. Grerat design and contrasts in wood.

Keep it up.


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#10 posted 01-02-2010 06:54 AM

Bruce, I have to agree as well that this is a gorgeous box. It has a unique design and I enjoy the contrast between the sycamore and the bog oak. The finish also looks outstanding.

How did you finish it?

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#11 posted 01-02-2010 07:27 AM

Outstanding! I really enjoyed the carved looked to the middle band of bog oak as well as the detail work on the handle. Favorited


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#12 posted 01-02-2010 07:34 AM

Wow Bruce
You seem to have a natural talent for outstanding box design and building this is just another great example of your super work. So well done.

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#13 posted 01-02-2010 12:07 PM

Hi everyone and thankyou so much for your positive comments. I really appreciate it. This is the first time I have been able to show my work to like minded people so have never been sure if the work I am doing is of any real skill. You have made my day. To answer your questions: The Bog Oak is naturally that colour after any finish is applied. I personally love the wood and try to incorporate it into all my boxes where approriate. The finish was a number of layers of simple wiping varnish.

-- Bruce, Ireland,

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#14 posted 01-02-2010 01:58 PM

OK, I have to admit it, I looked up what BOG OAK really is. I will have to get some now. Great box.
Bog-wood is wood from trees that have been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay by the acidic and anaerobic bog conditions, sometimes for hundreds or even thousands of years. The wood is usually stained brown by tannins dissolved in the acidic water. Bog-wood represents the early stages in the fossilisation of wood, with further stages ultimately forming lignite and coal over a period of many millions of years. Bog-wood may come from any tree species naturally growing near or in bogs, including oak (Quercus – bog oak), pine (Pinus), yew (Taxus), swamp cypress (Taxodium) and kauri (Agathis). Bog-wood is often removed from fields etc and placed in clearance cairns.

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#15 posted 01-02-2010 02:38 PM

Yes and it can be a pain to work to boot. :) It dulls bits and blades and can be “brittle”. But I love the stuff. Some is so hard a chainsaw blade has no chance. I have been lucky. I obtained some which is quite usable for the work I do (most Bog Wood is used by carvers and the shape of the origal log is enhanced) and I’m keeping any offcuts. You never can tell when they will be handy in a project.

-- Bruce, Ireland,

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