Swan Lake Box

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Project by tomd posted 06-15-2011 01:42 AM 2040 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 06-15-2011 01:50 AM

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 06-15-2011 02:24 AM

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 06-15-2011 02:33 AM

For such a first try…WOW..Excellent

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 03:37 AM

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 06-15-2011 04:05 AM

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!!!

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 04:24 AM

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 06-15-2011 04:42 AM

great job down to the finish.

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 05:13 AM

Absolutely spectacular!
Beautiful work from top to bottom !

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#10 posted 06-15-2011 07:33 AM

Great work well done.


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#11 posted 06-15-2011 10:15 AM

Hey Tom,

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#12 posted 06-15-2011 10:49 AM

Thats beautiful really wonderful box. Alistair

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#13 posted 06-15-2011 11:04 AM


-- Bob in WW ~ "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 06-15-2011 12:04 PM

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 06-15-2011 12:35 PM

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

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