burly burl

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Project by bigogre posted 596 days ago 1588 views 11 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The burl on this box is one of those boards left on the workbench simply to admire and wonder what other piece of wood will come along and match with it. Finally got some clean hyper curly maple that had a lot of its own beauty, but not so much as to take away from the cherry. As with most burls, it had some voids that appeared when sanding, so I decided to fill it with some turquoise. This is a tricky little process that involves crushing the chips down to a usable size, and then getting them set in with a two part epoxy. Don’t ever buy the five minute set stuff….it was more like three, and doesn’t allow enough time to get everything just right. Probably try the ten minute next time. Box is 9×5x4ish.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 596 days ago

Now that’s a pretty box.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 596 days ago

That really is a beautiful job. Beautiful wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 596 days ago

I love the appearance of this box; the turquoise and interest (and hides the voids)!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 596 days ago

Beautiful,very cool box.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 596 days ago

Bill, this is lovely work. I would have liked some shots of the inside and hinges too so I could know more about it. I don’t see any lift. Really beautiful woods, just wonderful grain patterns. Nice job on the top fit how does it expand?

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 596 days ago

Another nice build. I can see why you would wait to find the right box to fit the burl. The Maple is very clean.
Always nice to see your work and the wood you use.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#7 posted 596 days ago

Beautiful wood, great looking box, and a great eye for beauty.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 596 days ago

Great job , I like it , Makes me want to start building a box today.

-- Dubb , WV

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#9 posted 596 days ago

Like the top!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 596 days ago

Looks good . Does regular sandpaper work on the turquoise ?

-- Jeff,

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#11 posted 596 days ago

This looks really nice. Well done.

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#12 posted 596 days ago

Incredible wood in this box, which also looks beautifully crafted ! Awesome !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#13 posted 596 days ago

Excellent…what a really nice choice of did it justice…

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#14 posted 595 days ago

Great looking box. I love the look of curly maple and have started using it a lot in my boxes. Have a couple of questions doing the turquoise inlay. Do you mix the turquoise chips and epoxy together and then fill the voids? And how does it sand after the epoxy is set up? I like to sand my boxes down to 1200 grit and am curious if the epoxy and chips will sand with that fine of a grit. Thanks in advance. Doug

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#15 posted 595 days ago

Just a stunning maple-burl combination. You did find the perfect wood for it. And your creative void filling adds immensely to the beauty of the box. Perhaps one day you’ll blog about the step by step of how you worked the turquoise?

BigOgre, selecting the woods for a box is one of the most enjoyable parts of the project. It forces me to conceptualize what a piece of, say, spalted maple, would look like. I find myself playing out a lot of what if scenarios. What if I resawed this piece to create a bookmatched panel for a lid? What if I matched this walnut with that cherry…and so forth. I’m finding that boxmaking is stretching my design and woodworking skills.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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