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Project by gfadvm posted 05-09-2013 at 02:58 PM 1575 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Robert Triplet sent me several small pieces of very cool California woods. This redwood burl looked like it wanted to be inlaid so I bought a compact plunge router (my first plunge router) and had a go. I don’t usually mix hard and soft woods so decided to use some Western Red Cedar with the RW burl. That WRC is so soft it dents if you speak harshly to it! But this box resulted. Dimensions: 12×8x4 1/2”. Finished with LOTS of rubbed on shellac (that WRC is like a sponge). Splines are redwood burl and Patron hinges are Jatoba. Kinda unusual Luan ply for the bottom.

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

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#1 posted 05-09-2013 at 03:01 PM

Beautiful work as always. Great finish on it as well.

-- 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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#2 posted 05-09-2013 at 03:32 PM

really nice box andy, ive got a block of that redwood burl, its marked for a certain project…yea the western red cedar is really soft, one time i sneezed on some and it was a real bugger to get it cleaned up….LOL….you did a good job here.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-09-2013 at 03:32 PM

Very nice box.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#4 posted 05-09-2013 at 03:34 PM

Love the inlay!

Another Andy Regal Project!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 05-09-2013 at 04:25 PM

Very nice box. I am thinking about doing a boc soon also.

-- Woodworking the Ultimate way of Life

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#6 posted 05-09-2013 at 04:30 PM

Andy, are you sure that’s not cypress? sure does look like it. Very nice looking box, knocking them out beautiful.

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#7 posted 05-09-2013 at 04:33 PM

Lookin’ good once more Andy!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 05-09-2013 at 04:44 PM

Nice one. Way to change it up with the plunge router. I look forward to your future plunges. Wish I had some burl but everyones wise not to entrust beautiful wood into my hands . That ply is pretty darn cool too

-- mike c

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#9 posted 05-09-2013 at 05:27 PM

Definitely up to your “Andy” standards…! The burl inlay really sets it off and adds a unique contrast. Well done.!

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#10 posted 05-09-2013 at 05:49 PM

Thanks all. Don’t think this was one of my best but I learned a lot about plunge routers and cutting inlays so it was worthwhile. Anyone notice how different the burl on the ends is? It was a separate piece with a lot of sapwood.

Randy, This WRC came out of the construction dumpster at my daughter’s new house. They are sheathing all the exterior beams with rough cedar.

Mike, You underrate your skills. I’ve seen your stuff and it is first rate. The local Lowes has a boat load of that wildly figured Luan ply. I should have bought more than the 1/4 sheet.

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

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#11 posted 05-09-2013 at 05:53 PM

Very nice Andy… the inlay idea, looks great. Enjoy the new toy as well….first plunge router you say…..the scraps will be hiding in your shop now, in fear of being “inlayed” !

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#12 posted 05-09-2013 at 08:11 PM

Looks great.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 05-09-2013 at 08:21 PM

Nice work, Andy. I was sure you would do good things with the wood. I did not anticipate you wood need to buy new tools to work the wood. SORRY about THAT!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#14 posted 05-09-2013 at 08:26 PM

Jeff and John, I appreciate the kind words.

Robert, I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy a plunge router for a LONG time. You provided it! THANKS! I’ve got the second installment of the redwood burl almost finished.

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

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#15 posted 05-09-2013 at 09:08 PM

another beauty Andy

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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