Live Edge Spalted Maple and Walnut Box

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Project by Woodbridge posted 12-23-2012 08:45 PM 2471 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third box I made in the last few days from a piece of spalted maple burl that I had in my shop for the last year or so and walnut scraps from my previous chair projects.

I resawed the maple into four pieces. The maple was laminated to a cherry board. I was then able to safely run them through my thickness planer to get them all the same thickness The live edge on each piece was left as is and filled in with a slightly thinner piece of walnut.

The arched walnut top was made from a scrap left over from the back of my Maloof style rocker.

The box is about 6.5 ” x 6.5” by 5” tall.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 09:10 PM

I really like how you did this.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 09:29 PM

I love the look of the box, as well as the lid and the base. Great job!

-- Bill

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 09:42 PM

Beatifull. Love the look of the box too

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 09:47 PM

It looks great.

Well done

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 12-23-2012 09:48 PM

This is one great box I like the way you have used the the burl and left the surface stepped

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#6 posted 12-23-2012 10:26 PM

Gorgeous box, love the live edge continuity. Great design,

Thanks for posting,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#7 posted 12-23-2012 10:53 PM

Wow … you have been busy! Good use of the spalted maple burl in all three boxes … well done!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 12-23-2012 11:37 PM

A true one of a kind ,nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-24-2012 12:01 AM

Love the look of this box! This is a winner! * Stars!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 12-24-2012 12:12 AM

I spent quite a bit of time looking at this box admiring the wood and the way you selected the placement.
The suttle curve of the top and the dainty feet really compliment this work of art.
PM me for my address so that you will have a place to send it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#11 posted 12-24-2012 12:44 AM

Very nice work. Really unusual grain.

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#12 posted 12-24-2012 01:40 AM

very nice project. I like it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 12-24-2012 01:44 AM

Very unique design. It really showcases that maple burl. And you know I like the feet!

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

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#14 posted 12-24-2012 02:22 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments.

I have had these pieces of wood sitting on a counter top in the shop for well over a year. Every once in a while I’d clean the dust off the wood and think about how I was going to use them to get the most out of the beautiful figure in the wood. It was great to have some time this week to get to them. In December at the One of a Kind Craft Show in Toronto, I saw this concept where they had used live edged wood to make boxed surrounds for rectangular glass vases. In this case I substituted the Walnut to fill up the “negative space”.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#15 posted 12-24-2012 05:14 AM

Absolutely beautiful box! I love live edge woodworking.

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