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Project by robert triplett posted 10-07-2011 03:17 AM 1738 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box after finding the Birdseye Maple at Hughes hardwoods in Sacramento. The top is Maple Burl from a guy in Chico who cuts local woods. A little Purpleheart sets off the Maple Burl from the Birdseye. Some Boiled Lindseed oil as a quick wash and then a few coats of Natural Watco Danish Oil. The tray is supported by 2 splines of Purpleheart. This was my center piece for a coop gallery opening. It was sold in 2 hours. I showed to people at my school the day before and had to tell them it was intended for the gallery. Another case of beautiful wood making a nice box. I took these shots in the gallery because I forgot to do them at home.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 03:37 AM

This is a really a good looking box and I’m not surprised that it sold so quickly. Congratulations and keep those boxes coming…...

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 03:39 AM

Beatiful wood plus a lot of skill makes for a fabulous box. Not surprised it sold.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 03:40 AM

Beautiful wood and a wonderful job.
Just doesn’t get any better!!!

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 04:03 AM

Love the BEM and the price is right…hence the quick sale…. seriously nice…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 04:09 AM

Beautifully done!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 05:41 AM

Great looking box and a fine choice of woods Robert. I see the $115 price tag in your photos. I think you sold it too cheap…you should have asked more.

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#7 posted 10-07-2011 07:03 AM

Robert, It’s gorgeous! I would love to make it to your gallery!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 07:26 AM

Very nice box

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#9 posted 10-07-2011 08:47 AM

You are a remarkable artist. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 10:01 AM

Great job PH is some of my favoraite wood to work with.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 10-07-2011 12:27 PM

how big is it robert Did you get the wood for free ?

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#12 posted 10-07-2011 02:39 PM

You did that beautiful wood proud!
Great box.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 10-07-2011 03:10 PM

Beautifully done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#14 posted 10-07-2011 05:13 PM

Now that is really nice.
Nice box and nice story.

Very well done,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 10-08-2011 12:28 AM

Thanks for the really nice comments.
Jimboe, the size is 12” wide x 9” deep x 6” high. the wood wasn’t free. Not much Birdseye Maple growing around here. The cost of the Maple Burl in the top was a good deal, but that’s exactly what the guy gave me- the first time!!
I think the price was too low, but I have a day job. Our local economy is slow. I get better at this and take more time, the price will have to go up. I am thinking of doing some shows in the San Francisco area next year and would definitely raise my prices to cover more costs. I am also tempted to keep the ones that are this pretty, but I sell them and buy more wood and make something else.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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