Swan Lake Box

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Project by tomd posted 1139 days ago 1843 views 7 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Crawford style box made of walnut burl veneer, this is one of the best walnut burls I have been able to purchase in a while, it is very tight burl pattern so I let the wood show on most of the interior only lining the bottom. The bottom and tray are lined with burgundy velvet. On the interior of the lid is my entry into marquetry, I have wanted to try marquetry and this was an opprotunity to try it. It took three tries to get a swan but I’m still not real good at it. The finish is shellac.

-- Tom D

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#1 posted 1139 days ago

Amazing! You are so far out of my league that I have to laugh. Wonderful craftsmanship. I call you master! Thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 1139 days ago

Very nice box Tom.
The burl is lovely, the corners are superb and the marquetry works very well. If that’s your first try at marquetry, then you’re on your way.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#4 posted 1139 days ago

For such a first try…WOW..Excellent

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#5 posted 1139 days ago

I just got Andrew’s book – I am a loooong way away from even trying something like this. Your version looks fantastic!!

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#6 posted 1139 days ago

Great work that venner is stunning and even better is the finish!!!!! shellac!!!
im so glad its not poly!!! i really like the traditonal finish, keep up the good work!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#7 posted 1139 days ago

Superb…and I love the swan. When you open the box it is a feast for the eyes.
Love your work


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#8 posted 1139 days ago

great job down to the finish.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 1139 days ago

Absolutely spectacular!
Beautiful work from top to bottom !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#10 posted 1139 days ago

Great work well done.


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#11 posted 1139 days ago

Hey Tom,

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#12 posted 1139 days ago

Thats beautiful really wonderful box. Alistair

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-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 1139 days ago

Even if I had the time, I don’t yet or may never be skilled enough to build such a nice piece.

Fantastic work!!!

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#15 posted 1139 days ago

hi tom that is one beautiful box outstanding craftsmanship
love the swan

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