First Log project

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Project by zlatanv posted 570 days ago 1476 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made the first project from the log I had slabbed a couple of months ago. Wow! the figure is incredible. Made this simple box for my neighbor who gave me the log, it is a christmas present for his daughter. I kind of figured the wood wouldn’t be dry enough, when I first resawed it, it was still at about 10-12 moisture, I let it sit in the garage for a few days with a fan on it, it dropped to about 8, i still expected it to move allot, but he wanted it for Christmas. After I glued the whole thing up and cut the top off I put in the maple frame on the inside hoping it would keep it from warping, it still did a little, i planed off the high spots so it would sit flat on the box. Made the tray from Brazilian flooring scraps, purple heart splines from a pallet. I still can’t believe the figure, the pictures just don’t do it justice on how rich the color is in person. Can’t wait to dig into the rest of it. Happy Holidays everyone!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#1 posted 570 days ago

Gorgeous !

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#2 posted 570 days ago

Wow, wonderful work and some stunning figure! Good job!

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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#3 posted 570 days ago

I love it!

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#4 posted 570 days ago

Simply stunning!

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#5 posted 570 days ago

Beautiful wood and super build.

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#6 posted 570 days ago

Love the box and the wood is just amazing. I bet it just POPS when you see it in person.

NICE job!

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#7 posted 569 days ago

That’s an excellent piece! You’re so lucky to have that type of figured wood where you live. Look forward to seeing other projects you make with this log.

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#8 posted 569 days ago

Great job on the build. That is some of the most spectacular wood I’ve ever seen! And you certainly did it proud.

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#9 posted 569 days ago

Amaxing result. Love it.

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#10 posted 569 days ago

That is absolutely fabulous. Beautiful wood.

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#11 posted 569 days ago

Stunning. Can you explain the top? It looks like it’s two pieces. Just above the spline is another piece,.....Thanks!!

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#12 posted 569 days ago

The pattern is amazing, oh box is great too.

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#13 posted 569 days ago

Thanks for all the comments, kpfoto, about the top, well the whole project was more about the wood then the box, which is more of a “slap some glue on it and stick it together” kind of thing. My neighbor’s daughter commented on the log in my drive, so he really wanted some thing made for her from the log. I mitered the sides and dadod a 1/4 piece of cherry in the bottom and just glued another piece to the top, once it dried and i splined it i cut the top off and right away it released some tension and bowed, i put in some hard maple on the inside of the top hoping it would keep it flat, but it bowed more, before i cut the top off i sanded the edges down to give it a gentle curve in the top, after it bowed i planed off the high spots on the lid to fit the box, now when you look at it the glue line looks like a smile. I wish i had more time to spend on it, but time was running short.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#14 posted 569 days ago

Very beautiful. Well done.

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#15 posted 251 days ago

I am with ya, beautiful figure

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