Veneered Sunburst Box 1

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Project by BArnold posted 445 days ago 1184 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box for an exchange on another forum and thought you’d like to see it here. In very basic terms, it’s a veneer-over-plywood box. As I’m sure you can appreciate, there’s a degree of difficulty involved!

Top: Samauma veneer over a core of four layers of 1/8” bending plywood. Curve was created using a 12” radius form inside a vacuum pressing bag. The inside and outside faces of veneer were pressed onto the top using the form inside the vacuum bag. All veneer on the top is samauma, taken from a tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest.

Sides are built with veneer over ½” birch plywood for the four sides. Exterior veneer is commercial solid wood samauma (dark veneer) and commercial solid wood tiger maple (light veneer), placed in sunburst patterns. Interior is done with paper-backed, quarter-sawn maple veneer.

Handle and legs are made from Honduran mahogany colored with Transtint Brown Mahogany dye.

All surfaces received two coats of Target Finishes EM1000 sealer, sanding between coats. Three coats of EM6000 Clear Gloss were then applied, rubbing with 0000 steel wool between coats. A final topcoat of EM6000 Satin completed the process.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#1 posted 445 days ago

That’s cool. How unique. Nice job

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 445 days ago

Very nice. Excellent job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 445 days ago

very nice work

well done

welcome to LJ’s

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#4 posted 445 days ago

Great looking box…and Welcome to LJ’s

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#5 posted 444 days ago

That is a beautiful box. I like the overall design, the arched top and how the veneer rediates outwards on both the side and front.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 444 days ago

Nice little box, very pretty

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#7 posted 444 days ago

this is a super box..very gracful & great color combo

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#8 posted 444 days ago

This box is beautiful. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 444 days ago

Very nice. I like how you maintained the grain from the top to flow over the sides. A small detail that is often overlooked when making boxes.

-- "Trees are evil they must be punished." R. Underhill

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#10 posted 443 days ago

Sweet, nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 443 days ago

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

@volpeveneers: I know I overlooked that detail on a previous box, but the grain pattern was not as bold. As I thought about this one, the solution was so straight-forward it kinda smacked me up beside the head!

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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