Weird burl veneer boxes

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Project by ellgee posted 02-20-2013 10:20 AM 1668 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looks to me like it was one stressed tree !

Pic 1: Box lid pivots at back.
I like making the lift-tab integral.

Pic 2: Smaller box, lid panel made from an offcut from the 1st. Lift lid.
I know it looks like pic1 is too yellow, but that is closer to the actual color than pic2 is.

No pic: a 10-cm box from an even smaller offcut of same.

Pic 3: Added as an afterthought .. to show another lift-tab that’s harmonized with other features.
I call that box “dot squiggle”, after the pattern in the veneer. Wish I had another piece of it.

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 01:08 PM

Nice work on these boxes, the lid on the 1st one is off the charts…BC

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 01:37 PM

Those boxes are wonderful and I love those designs.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 04:22 PM

Very nice boxes..
The quality craftsmanship of a piece of work is always the most important goal to achieve…and a fantastic piece of wood can only enhance it further…

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 08:40 PM

Beautiful boxes. You did a great job of displaying the beauty of the wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 03:04 PM

Beautiful wood and fine work.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 03:34 PM

Gorgeous boxes! Love them all specially the 1st one, amazingl wood and lift tab.

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 01:51 AM

Another great project. Love the way you scalloped the handle into the ripples. Please post a little about yourself in the profile and add a picture of your shop. Nice to have you here on LJ!

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#8 posted 06-22-2013 01:34 PM

Volpeveneers posted:
Weird burl veneer boxes. I’m pretty confident that the wood specie in box 1 is Laurel Burl. The color, cluster and ripple figure are typical of Laurel.

LG replies:
Thanks, volpeveneers. That sounds likely.
I got quite a lot of veneer from a retired cabinetmaker, after possums got into the ones he had stored in his garage against the ceiling. They would have got pretty hot up there (Brisbane).
His “better” veneers were stored more securely, but the “trash” (yes he was throwing it out) is not too shabby. That is to say, some are gorgeous pieces, some in quite bad condition.
I have learned flattening.

Show my shop ! that would be embarrassing.

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