Red Cedar Burl Box

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Project by John posted 12-11-2016 07:37 PM 1534 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing all the nice boxes on here I had to try another. I wanted this one with the grain going horizontal but still lining up as well as possible. I shaped this burl on the lathe and then cut it on the bandsaw. After taking a skim off the mating surfaces and roughing out the interior of each piece I cut a ring from another red cedar burl and glued it in the lid to act as a lip. I made the fit feel tight but loose enough that you would have to pick the lid up fast to lift the bottom by suction and possibly drop it. After completing the interior I gave it a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil and finished it with Wipe On Poly. It is 4.5” wide and 3.5” tall.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 12-11-2016 07:43 PM

Stunning simplicity, Jim. The contrast of the ring is really something. Who thinks to make a separate ring for the lip? You do.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 12-11-2016 07:49 PM

Looks really good John.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 12-11-2016 07:50 PM

FANTASTIC! I have always loved cedar and use a lot of it too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-11-2016 07:55 PM

Real nice job on that burl box, John!!


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

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#5 posted 12-11-2016 08:14 PM

Nice example of lovely Clean turn John, I suspect the photo is not doing justice to that wonderful looking piece of timber.
Well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 12-11-2016 09:01 PM

John, nice efforts balancing the grain around the box. It’s not easy as it looks. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 12-11-2016 09:05 PM

This is a beautiful box and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 12-11-2016 10:09 PM

just plain simple elegance john,beautiful work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 12-11-2016 11:05 PM


-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 12-12-2016 12:39 AM

Beautiful grain and flawless finish.

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#11 posted 12-12-2016 01:25 AM

Very nice.

-- Julian

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

Pretty Snazzy! Gotta get working on some stuff on my Lathe one of these days. Fighting with some unstable Oak boards that may end up in the Fireplace real soon!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#13 posted 12-12-2016 04:10 PM

Thanks LJs, and Andre I’ll bet you find some use for the Oak.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#14 posted 12-12-2016 09:25 PM

Hi John, This is a lovely piece! Cedar is underestimated as a wood to do fine work with. This bowl is the tops!
Regards, Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#15 posted 12-13-2016 04:54 AM

Hi, love the rich red color of the cedar burl. nice;y presented.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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