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Walnut Burl Box With Malachite Inlay

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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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woodshaver

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#1 posted 477 days ago

That sure is one fancy napkin holder!

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

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scrollsaw

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#2 posted 477 days ago

Great job thanks for sharing this project.

-- Todd

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Boxguy

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#3 posted 477 days ago

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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dee2

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#4 posted 477 days ago

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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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 477 days ago

Magnificent work and unusual design. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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david38

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#6 posted 477 days ago

beautiful box

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jaykaypur

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#7 posted 476 days ago

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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gfadvm

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#8 posted 476 days ago

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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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 475 days ago

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!

—www.sawblade.com

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 474 days ago

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

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Dark_Lightning

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#11 posted 474 days ago

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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