Walnut Burl Box With Malachite Inlay

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Project by cdarney posted 04-02-2013 12:28 AM 2010 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut Burl Box With Malachite Inlay

11” wide x 7” deep x 6” high

I found a piece of Walnut Burl in the $1 per pound bin at my hardwood supplier (Hearne Hardwoods). I guess the big, ugly inclusion made it unsalable.

I kept wanting to try a stone inlay and this piece seemed pretty interesting to use. I resawed the burl into three slices and filled the inclusion on two of the pieces with Malachite. The live edge was pretty nice so I built the box itself out of Walnut, making the front piece thick enough to be able to use the bandsaw to cut the front to the same basic shape as the live edge.

I wasn’t sure what I would do with the box but the LOML was able to figure something out. It now holds the napkins on the table.

I have quite a bit to learn about doing the stone inlay. Fortunately I have more stone and a couple of pieces of wood with nice inclusions to fill. The $1/lb bin is a great place to find more pieces of wood.

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 01:42 AM

That sure is one fancy napkin holder!

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

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 02:00 AM

Great job thanks for sharing this project.

-- Todd

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 04:36 AM

CD, I like you concept of following the natural edge. It is an interesting idea. It makes a beautiful if not too functional box. Having a downwardly curved edge was an unexpected surprise too. Fun to see such innovative ideas used, and the burl is beautiful. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 12:26 PM

It’s one of a kind for sure. I really like this idea, may have to try one of these. It’s beautiful and I really like that you followed the natural curves. Wait till Blackie sees this one!!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 01:09 PM

Magnificent work and unusual design. I like it.

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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#6 posted 04-02-2013 02:16 PM

beautiful box

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 12:53 AM

You saw it and you made it. Those are 2 “tools” all artists must have and dude, you got ‘em BIG time. You did a wonderful job on this.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 01:52 AM

Great job of making the project fit the materiel!

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

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 04:08 PM

Gorgeous box! Unique design, great idea on following the live edge of the beautiful wood. Like the inlays which added a nice accent. Great job!


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#10 posted 04-04-2013 11:37 PM

Very nice, I’m surprised it didn’t make one of the tops.

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#11 posted 04-05-2013 02:27 AM

That is VERY cool. I’ve never cut a box to the shape of a piece of wood like that burl, but that is an intriguing idea.

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