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Project by BrentB posted 10-17-2016 05:49 PM 2013 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked me to make a gift box for a custom pocket knife he ordered for his son’s wedding gift. Of course I was happy to oblige. The box is approximately 6”X3”X2” and made from Mesquite Burl. It was finished with Shellac using the French Polishing technique and accented with natural edge feet and button top.

I’m fortunate to have a very large and very beautiful Mesquite Burl from Abilene TX, which my dad gave to me. I used my bandsaw to resaw a couple of slices to make the box.

I borrowed the custom knife to make a template for the box and quickly returned it. After a couple of days I had the box roughed out.

After hours of sanding it was time for finishing. I decided to go with Blonde Shellac using the French Polishing technique. I feel like it brings out the beauty of the wood without using stain. I also believe the French Polishing technique provides the best high gloss finish. It’s very labor intensive and difficult to learn, but when done properly the overall finish is hard to beat.

Here is a Before and After that shows the depth of the finish developing after only a couple of polishing sessions.

While working on the finish I also started working on some accent feet and button top, all having a natural edge. I like to contract the refined look of the box with natural edge accents.

This is the box Before and After adding the natural edge accents.

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





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 05:59 PM

Brent, that is absolutely beautiful. What amazing wood. Those corner pieces are a stroke of genius.

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ElroyD

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 06:04 PM

Beautiful. I love the accents. Those really make the piece.

-- Elroy

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bamasawduster

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 06:08 PM

Awesome box. Hey, I’ll order me a custom knife if you’ll build me one. lol

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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BrentB

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#4 posted 10-17-2016 06:12 PM

Thanks guys…I really appreciate the nice comments!

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

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nitewalker41

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#5 posted 10-17-2016 06:13 PM

Without a doubt a fantastic piece of work….for sure “You Did Yourself Proud”....thanks for sharing the info

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#6 posted 10-17-2016 07:29 PM

What a wonderful build and gift. Great job

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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BrentB

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#7 posted 10-17-2016 07:39 PM

Thanks again for the very kind comments!

-- 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 10-17-2016 10:05 PM

Boy that caught my eye quick, outstanding job and wood. A+++++++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 10-17-2016 10:42 PM

Gorgeous box!!!!!!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 10-17-2016 11:33 PM

Very nice box. I love the knife too!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#11 posted 10-17-2016 11:38 PM

It’s a Beautiful box and the natural accents make the project whole and don’t take away from the beauty of the burl.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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BrentB

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#12 posted 10-17-2016 11:50 PM

I can’t thank everyone enough for taking the time to view my project and say such nice things. I appreciate all my fellow LJs!!!

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

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Arowlett

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#13 posted 10-17-2016 11:55 PM

When my parents gave me the box and knife, I was amazed by the detail. The box looked like a type of marble with its grain and finnish. I have a thing for boxes, anything to put stuff in.
Thank you so much for the time and efforts you put in, and allowing me to see the whole process from start to finnish.

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Eric_S

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#14 posted 10-18-2016 12:07 AM

Really beautiful box. Love the burl.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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BrentB

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#15 posted 10-18-2016 12:09 AM

Well….if you haven’t guessed, new LJ member Arowlett is Aaron….the guy I made the box for at the request of his dad. Congratulations on just getting married and I wish you and your bride many years of happiness. And I especially thank you for taking the time to register as a member just to thank me. I’m glad you like your box and I loved every minute I spent with it.

Thanks Aaron!!!!

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

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