|Project by BrentB||posted 10-25-2016 04:34 PM||805 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
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.