A Burlly Box

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Project by hlpaint posted 08-07-2011 10:28 PM 1682 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The sides are of white oak and the lid is of maple. The oak wasn’t much fun trying to get them all the same thickness. It tends to tear out, finally had to use a card scraper. I don’t think I would use that wood again. Its pretty but lots and lots of work. If anyone knows of a simpler way of smoothing it out, without a huge amount of tear out, please let me know. The finish is many coats of danish oil, this wood type sucks it up, and several coats of wax. I was told by someone to use CA glue to help make the punky wood on the lid hard again, it seemed to work. Oh the box is 12×5.5×4

-- The guy who makes no mistakes hasn't done anything

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 11:48 PM

Drum sander works best on burls and punky wood, if you don’t have one, use a belt sander. Too difficult to use planer on burls as the grains are going every which way which causes the tear outs.

CA glue does work to stabilize and harden punky wood although on a large piece it would talk a lot and that gets expensive.

Nice looking wood by the way! Box too!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 12:56 AM

I think that all the effort and work are showing very well on the final product. She is beautiful.

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 01:00 AM

It looks beautiful to me. Next time you have some punky wood, use West System 3 epoxy thinned 15% by weight with acetone. It will run like water and fill the soft wood. When it hardens you can plane, sand, or cut it just fine.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 08-08-2011 01:49 AM

I second Hal. That is called stabilizing the wood . A similar process is used for turquoise and other material to hold it together and make it machinable..
As for the tear out, you can continue to use this beautiful wood by cutting it to thickness on a drum thickness sander. They are invaluable when doing maple, too…....................Jim

That is one beautiful eye catching box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 02:39 AM

Fantastic looking box. You can add me to the list of drum sander users.

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 03:55 AM

hmmm… I was thinking drum sander as well…

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#7 posted 08-08-2011 07:31 AM

Well If i was you i would try and get a copy of the book that Peter Lloyd wrote. He makes the most beautiful boxes and describes everything i his book!!


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#8 posted 08-08-2011 01:11 PM

Very nice. Wish we had oak here in the tropics.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#9 posted 08-29-2011 05:40 PM

I really like the box.

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