Desk Caddy in Maple Burl

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My daughter asked me to make her a desk caddy, so I used a rejected gunstock blank of maple burl. The base is black walnut.

Burl presents some problems with chip-outs, inclusions, and burning from a router bit.

The finish is golden oak Watco oil with a top coat of poly for protection from fingernails and pencils.

The look on her face was better than selling this.

-- Dale

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 03:46 PM

Nice! This looks great. Did you do any stabilizing of the burl before working with it?

-- Dylan in St. Louis - Painfully new to woodworking.

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 04:14 PM

beautiful burl and a nice design im sure see loves it,great job.

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

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 04:46 PM

That’s pretty nice. How is it put together, stopped dado’s, pin nailed?

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#4 posted 04-04-2017 06:00 PM

Blackberry: it has both stopped and through dadoes. 85GpCards: no stabilization.

The wood is from rejected gunstock blanks. I bought an entire pallet of them, about 175 pieces, for $300. Each blank is approx 3×5x22 and will make a resawn box with wrap around and mirrored grain. I have white walnut, claro walnut, tiger maple, and maple burl. Some of it is really stunning. If the blank isn’t so special, I put on a lid of padauk or else I glue up mosaic lids of scraps.

-- Dale

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#5 posted 04-04-2017 06:50 PM

That is a beautiful piece and the wood is outstanding.

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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#6 posted 04-04-2017 06:59 PM

That is beautiful. You mentioned selling it as the less rewarding option. If you were to sell something like that, how much would you ask at a craft fair etc? Thanks.

-- It depends....

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#7 posted 04-04-2017 08:43 PM

Gorgeously done on all aspects. Design, work and finish all are great.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#8 posted 04-05-2017 12:09 AM

Truly a rare looking caddy. Great wood choice and work.

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

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#9 posted 04-05-2017 01:32 AM

Nicely done piece !
Beautiful piece of burl.

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#10 posted 04-05-2017 03:26 AM

Daniel P, the caddy would be about $100. In addition to the maple burl, it was a lot of tedious work.

The box I posted above would be about $55. I price the boxes by cubic inch and add a little if I use a lot of expensive wood like the burl, claro walnut, or padauk.

-- Dale

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#11 posted 04-05-2017 04:57 AM

That almost looks like marble not maple!
Just a gorgeous color and a nice design, well done!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 04-05-2017 11:11 AM

That is really gorgeous! I’m sure your daughter will enjoy that for years to come!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#13 posted 04-05-2017 02:35 PM

Beautiful wood and really nice craftsmanship. I’m sure your daughter will treasure it.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#15 posted 04-05-2017 03:14 PM

That wood was a nice score! Impressive work, wood like that is aggravating to machine but you still got some nice curves and joinery.

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