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Project by BrentB posted 10-25-2016 04:34 PM 719 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small Oak Burl box measuring 5X4X3 finished with blonde Shellac using the French Polishing technique. Last spring I was riding my 4-wheeler through some Mesquite flats in West Texas. As I drove past a lonely Post Oak tree I drove over a branch with my front left tire. I couldn’t see the branch because the weeds were tall but my tire flipped the branch revealing an Oak Burl about the size of a Nerf Football. It seemed pretty solid so I strapped it to my bike and took it home with me.

If you’ve viewed any of my other projects you know I love to find wood and look for hidden beauty so once I got back to the shop I ran it through the bandsaw and sliced it up.

I was pretty disappointed in what I saw. Though it was beautiful it also had a tremendous amount of dry rot in the middle, which was why the outside still felt pretty solid when I found the burl.

I thought about it for a while and decided the only way I was going to be able to build a box and share the burl’s beauty would be by book ending as much of the solid burl as possible. Every side of this box consists of at least 2 separate pieces of burl wood as seen in the top of the box. The front of the box is actually 4 separate pieces of wood. I didn’t mind the ‘critter’ holes because I think it gives it some character. I did fill them with sanding dust mixed with wood glue.

I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not so I stopped working on it for a while. After a few weeks and several folks commenting on it I decided to finish the project. I used some of the leftovers from the top and sides of the box to make some trim pieces for the base then finished it with blonde Shellac using the French Polishing technique.

After the box was complete it turned out pretty nice considering what I had to work with and now I’m really glad I finished it.

-- 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 10-25-2016 04:40 PM

beautiful piece!

-- --- Dan

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#2 posted 10-25-2016 08:05 PM

Looks amazing, great use from tree to project!

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#3 posted 10-25-2016 08:44 PM

It’s great you made a chance discovery of this burl—you literally stumbled over it!

And you did some beautiful work with it. The burl looks great, and the French polish really makes it shine!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 10-25-2016 09:13 PM

Great find! That kaleidoscope look to the front is gorgeous. Glad you finished it.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#5 posted 10-25-2016 09:14 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments…I really appreciate it.

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

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#6 posted 10-25-2016 11:09 PM

Nice!!! The grain patterns loo awsome and marqueterie is tight.

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#7 posted 10-25-2016 11:18 PM

Thanks Pags!!

-- 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 10-25-2016 11:41 PM

Good to see you still making beautiful wood. Fantastic!!!!

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#9 posted 10-26-2016 01:10 PM

Thanks Vernon!!

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

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#10 posted 10-26-2016 03:44 PM

Very nice, if you can ,let me know the kind of Band saw, and the make of your blade.
Good cuts.

-- ~ Mark Smaltz Tech Ed Teacher , Nokesville Va ~

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#11 posted 10-26-2016 03:51 PM

Thanks Mark. My bandsaw is a Grizzly G0513X2BF 17” and I used a 3/4” Wood Slicer blade from Highland Woodworking. It’s a great blade….best finishing cut of any blade I’ve every used, but dulls quickly if you resaw a lot of Mesquite or Bodark (Bois d’arc) like I do. I get Lenox carbide tipped blades from them as well.

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

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#12 posted 10-26-2016 04:30 PM

EXQUISITE!

-- just rjR

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#13 posted 10-27-2016 05:30 AM

Beautiful box, wood grain looks fantastic. Nature have done great job here also.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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