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Project by Lee Barker posted 1108 days ago 1414 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The client’s father was a significant historical figure in the world of milllwork. I was presented with a 9.5” long piece of pine 4×4 which evidently had birdseye pretty well through it. Also there was a slab of unknown species burl, inch thick, natural in shape, with some live edge that was quite attractive.

I had interior dimensions prescribed, but the rest was left up to me.

I resawed the pine and laminated it to 5.2mm mdf-core ply. I furnished the pine for the pilaster corners and the frame for the top.

I scooted the box around on the burl trying to get a bottom and a top out of it, and then that “front porch” opportunity presented itself. Bingo! I had to carefully piece the falldown, after I cut the top panel, in order to get the perimeter of the bottom covered.

Access is by a screw-on panel on the bottom.

In the center image, I naphthaized the panel so you could see the figure. I reminds me of some polished granite I have seen.

The final image is the leftover burl. There was one good slice and one falldown slice of the pine left.

Overall dimensions, 11.25 wide by 11.5 high by 10 deep (including the front porch). Box itself, outside dimensions, 10.25 wide by 9.25 high by 6.25 deep.

There was a deadline to this project—the family wants to carry the urn in the Fourth of July parade.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"





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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 1108 days ago

Lee -
Very nice, well designed and crafted.
Unusual pine and gorgeous burl.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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Max

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#2 posted 1108 days ago

A very beautiful piece and wonderful placement of the woods. Fantastic work.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Dez

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#3 posted 1108 days ago

Very nice Lee! That is a beautiful piece of burl indeed!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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spunwood

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#4 posted 1108 days ago

This looks great… like marbelized wood. Explain the top again?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 1108 days ago

Spun, maybe it was my new word “naphtaized” that confused you. Naptha, lighter fluid, applied generously to wood will reveal how it will look with finish, then evaporates and leaves no residue that will contaminate any finish. The top looks pretty bland but once there’ s something on it, like in that picture, whooeee.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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