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Project by Jeremymcon posted 08-07-2018 07:58 PM 644 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father in law gave me a cherry burl that he harvested from his land a couple years ago. I didn’t really know what to do with it, so I sliced it into 2” thick slabs and let it dry for a couple years. This is the first project I’ve made from it.

I learned:

- Working with burl wood is difficult. The piece I was working was too short to run through my planer, and I wasn’t really sure what’d happen to it if I did try to plane it. So I flattened it with a hand plane! It actually worked better than I thought. First I tried a smoothing plane, but I actually found that the chambered iron of my jack plane (set for a fine cut) worked best. Once I had roughly flattened a face and squared an edge, I sliced off a section on the bandsaw, then cleaned everything up with power sanders.

- Making small boxes is harder than I imagined it would be. It didn’t help that I don’t own a table saw or miter saw. I made the miters with a miter shooting board that I put together. That W actually went pretty well once I figured it out. But installing the hinge was tricky. I had never used butt hinges before, and had to fill and re-drill holes a couple of times before getting it right. Also had to adjust the top of the box with a plane and a sander a bit to get the box to close properly.

Anyway, I figured it out, and the next one will be much faster, I hope!





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 08-07-2018 08:43 PM

A nice looking box to me.

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

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#2 posted 08-07-2018 09:51 PM

That lid is magical, plus it sounds like you got your feet more than a little wet using some hand tools.

Very nice box + Learned new things = winner winner.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 08-07-2018 09:57 PM

Beautiful work Jeremymcon.

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#4 posted 08-08-2018 05:23 AM

Jeremy, nice work. I like the look of the top. The finish is well done. It would help your readers if you identified the woods. It is not alway easy to do that with just a picture. It is also useful to your readers to know the dimensions of your box. Telling scale from a photo is difficult. That said, this is a beautiful box. The burl is spectacular. If your burl has soft or pithy parts, I find that soaking those with super glue will help stabilize the wood before you sand or finish. Looking forward to your next project. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 08-08-2018 05:52 AM

I like that top grain!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 08-08-2018 10:28 AM

Nice work!

-- Petey

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#7 posted 08-08-2018 11:11 AM

Looks great. Nicely done!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 08-08-2018 12:01 PM



Jeremy, nice work. I like the look of the top. The finish is well done. It would help your readers if you identified the woods. It is not alway easy to do that with just a picture. It is also useful to your readers to know the dimensions of your box. Telling scale from a photo is difficult. That said, this is a beautiful box. The burl is spectacular. If your burl has soft or pithy parts, I find that soaking those with super glue will help stabilize the wood before you sand or finish. Looking forward to your next project. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy

Thanks boxguy! I guess I said the burl was cherry, but didn’t specify that the rest of the box is cherry also. 9.5” long x 4.25 deep x 4”tall.

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#9 posted 08-08-2018 02:49 PM

Very nice Project & Well Done!

-- If it wasn't for Electricity, We'd all be Watching Television by Candlelight!

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#10 posted 08-08-2018 09:42 PM

Doubling back to say Congrats on your 3, nice job

-- Think safe, be safe

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Jeremymcon

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#11 posted 08-08-2018 10:11 PM



Doubling back to say Congrats on your 3, nice job

- therealSteveN

Thanks Steve! That burl is kind of magical, isn’t it? Pleased that my two little projects made daily top 3 today.

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#12 posted 08-13-2018 09:05 PM

I want some of that burl….. LOL
That’s awesomeness.
Nice work.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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