Weird burl veneer boxes

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Project by ellgee posted 518 days ago 908 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 517 days ago

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

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#2 posted 517 days ago

Those boxes are wonderful and I love those designs.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 517 days ago

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…

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#4 posted 517 days ago

Beautiful boxes. You did a great job of displaying the beauty of the 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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#5 posted 516 days ago

Beautiful wood and fine work.

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

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#6 posted 516 days ago

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

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#7 posted 435 days ago

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 395 days ago

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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