Maple Burl Bandsaw box - first try WIP

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Project by gurnie posted 10-06-2010 09:57 PM 2238 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a maple burl bandsaw box i created last night. I like it a lot except for the seam at the bottom. apparently the box slipped when i was doing the glue-up and so it doesn’t exactly align. My teacher says it might look a little off because the bandsaw blade was pretty wide and therefore it throws off the alignment slightly. the sanding needs to be finished but i think it’s a great try and I am going to try to sell it at the craft show I am attending in December.

The teacher recommended me to finish it with either boiled Linseed oil or danish oil then followed by polyurethane. He thinks the finish will darken the wood and distract anyone from seeing the line.

If anyone has alignment suggestions I’d love to hear them… or if you want to say the line doesn’t bother you and it looks totally awesome… well that’s great too

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#1 posted 10-06-2010 10:06 PM

that’s a nice looking piece of wood… good luck on the finish, I personally love BLO with Poly.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 10-06-2010 10:19 PM

Not gonna lie, from the pix you posted, the “slip” isn’t really noticeable. I probably wouldn’t have known if you didn’t write it in the description…......chalk up another vote for BLO.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#3 posted 10-06-2010 10:35 PM

You know, we are our own worst critics. Lighten up, the thing looks great. I don’t know if we are all Catholic or what, but we all have to confess our mistakes to each other when it don’t matter squat. Really. You made something nice, live with it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 10-06-2010 10:36 PM

haha awww I love my lumber jock buddies :)

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#5 posted 10-06-2010 10:45 PM

Real good job. Ditto on all the comments above-LJs will challenge you to be the best you can be and do the best you can do, and always, always enjoy the wood and the journey-there’s never any need to point out “slips”. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 10-07-2010 12:19 AM

That’s one beautiful box! The wood grain is fantastic. Here’s a list of projects by Trifern. His maple finish is the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. Just trying to duplicate it has made my own projects better.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 10-07-2010 03:04 AM

Awesome Burl! Great job, personally my vote goes for Danish Oil.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#8 posted 10-07-2010 10:04 AM

Thats a great looking box, be sure to post it again when you have finished it.
As for the seam, as Mike said “we are our own worst critics”. Which is a good thing, as next time you will watch it more closely so it doesn’t happen again.
But this is a personal journey, as only you can decide if it is too noticable or not.

-- Theresa,

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