The Burl Box

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Project by JoeyG posted 09-24-2012 04:22 PM 1917 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this box close to a year ago. I had to let the burl dry out, then I got stuck on the lid. I finally decided a simple shape would work best. The inlays ended up being more of a challenge than I expected, but that’s what makes it fun. I used SOSS hinges with no lift. I tried about 600 different ideas for a lift/handle but they all took away from the box instead of adding to it. For this one, you simple lift the front of the lid and it’s lifts nice and easy.

The inside of the lid and the bottom will be lined with a emerald green microfiber as soon as I find the color I want. I am having a bit of trouble with finding the color I want for it. Once I find the liner material, I will add pics of it. Since the woodwork is done on this one, I count it as complete.

Thanks for taking a look and let me know what you think.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 04:28 PM

That was worth the wait. Very elegant, Joey! I especially love the lid design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 04:31 PM

Thanks Charlie. I was frustrated trying to figure out how I wanted it to look. I tossed a piece of burl on the lid and this is how it landed. So I have to give credit to dumb luck on that or I may still be scratching my head trying to figure out what would look good. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 09-24-2012 04:32 PM

Simple and subtle beauty

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 09-24-2012 04:59 PM

What Monte said, plus a bit of Wow!

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#5 posted 09-24-2012 05:29 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-24-2012 06:21 PM

Oh waw, definately worth the time!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#7 posted 09-24-2012 06:28 PM


I forgot to mention that pic number six is of one of the interior corners. There are several miter keys that were put in before the carving for the inlay. You can see it here because I exposed them. This is the first time that I have covered my miter keys. Normally they world be out of a contrasting wood, In this case, I used the same walnut. I like the way this looks a lot, and my try to incorporate this into future boxes somehow.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 06:43 PM

Vert excellent Joey… This is one beauuuuutiful box….
600 ideas for a handle…and I thought I was bad a selecting stuff…
I have been wondering how burl would look if it were sculpted since I started looking at burls on the Oregon burls website… but I do not see any burl pieces that would come in a 48” x 5 ” board so I could wrap the grain.

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#9 posted 09-24-2012 07:09 PM

Fine looking box you have created! Good going, Joey!!....................Jim

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

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#10 posted 09-24-2012 08:11 PM

Thanks Greg, I was thinking that burl would be nice for sculpting also. I know one thing, it would be a smelly business indeed. Man does this stuff stink. I don’t know that just burl would have the integrity to hold together, but I am thinking on a sculpted box with deeper inlays of burl. That may work, as long as I don’t go through the inlays.

Check with Oregon Burls. They may have something that will work for you. I am looking forward to the day I can order a few pieces from them. I’ve got so much going on right now it would be a distraction I simple can’t afford at the moment. Maybe after the Christmas rush and fall shows I will be able to think up something new.

Thanks Jim

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 09-24-2012 10:00 PM

Beautiful box!

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#12 posted 09-24-2012 10:31 PM

Very nice. I really, really like the way you did the body of the box. I am definitely gonna borrow that idea. Beautiful job JG !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#13 posted 09-24-2012 10:54 PM

Looks great. You have obviously put a great deal of thought and work into a superb box.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 09-25-2012 01:01 AM

That turned out absolutely beautiful and I agree that a handle would detract from the overall look. Not sure the green microfiber will be an improvement as the inside is awfully nice as is.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 09-25-2012 01:10 AM

Now Andy, you know the client is always right and the client wants emerald green, so emerald green she will have. I do like the inside of the lid. I plan to use this style again in the future.

@Jim, feel free to borrow, but only if you give it back. LOL. If you do use it, the maple inlays on the corners are 45ed. I just cut out my thin inlay strips and ran them on the tablesaw with the blade at a 45. I have to say, while I did practice safety, it felt anything but safe. Cutting thin strips like that can bounce and curly maple likes to shatter when it bounces. Thankfully I ran a little extra.

@everyone else. Thanks for your kind words. I am glad to have this one done. Now on to the next one.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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