dust stuff #8: check this one out

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 04-23-2012 07:33 PM 9131 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I sit here and wait for my walnut burl to arrive from UPS. ( My first internet order of lumber, I am a bit nervous.) I thought I would share a quick picture of my new box. I normally don’t share my projects when they are incomplete unless I am doing a blog or need a little advice on how to finish up a design.

This time it is simply because I am so excited about it. This is my largest box to date. There is ruler in the picture to show scale. It is sized using the golden rectangle. The box is Bubinga, the lid is curly maple with a bubinga medallion with a birdseye maple medallion.

Thanks for taking a look. I like this size box. I think real soon I will join the tea box party. This one is just a little shallow. I didn’t think about tea bags until after it was together. I drink all of my tea from loose leaf teas so it’s not something I normally have around the house. When I thought about it I had to dig around for some old peppermint tea from last winter when my wife was sick and we were out of our normal tea.

Enough about tea. I hope you enjoy this sneak peak. Any comments are welcome as always.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 07:48 PM

Wonderful box.
Love all the details.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 08:12 PM

It is beautiful, Joey! It really looks great. I love the contrast of the wood you used. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 08:44 PM

Very nice box, it looks a little oriental, has a Japanese screen sort of look to it. Great work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 09:14 PM

Hi Joey, nice looking box you have there. I can’t wait to see it finished. Have a good day!

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 09:36 PM

Nice box !

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 09:51 PM

Thanks everyone. I am excited to see it finished as well. With a little work it should be ready for the spray booth late tomorrow.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 10:40 PM

I final got my burl in. This is going to make a pretty box…... Eventually

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 11:42 PM

A beautiful box Joey. That burl you have is very interesting. Have fun with it. Look forward to seeing what ya come up with

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 04-23-2012 11:50 PM

I sliced it up, now to wait for it to dry. I’ve read about doing this, but never tried it before myself. Let’s hope I didn’t just waist a bunch of money

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#10 posted 04-24-2012 01:18 AM

I’m liking this one Joey! I enjoy making some larger boxes and Arlin’s Loving Hands Memory Boxes has gotten all of my big ones. Its a good cause that’s close to my heart. Aren’t you supposed to do something with those burl slabs to keep them from cracking as they dry?(coat with something?) Check that out before it’s too late.

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

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#11 posted 04-24-2012 01:42 AM

Very nice box. Book matching is a great way to get a lot of beautiful patterns out of a block of wood. I can’t wait to see that burl box!!!!!!......................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 04-24-2012 02:02 AM

very nice box joey, it has that arts and crafts style to it which i really like and i will add to my favorits

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#13 posted 04-24-2012 02:14 AM

Thanks Andy, The burl is tough to keep from checking. I spent a couple of hours researching and I read about everything from letting it sit for about 800 years to putting dawn dishwashing liquid on it. I figured I had as much chance putting cardboard spacers between the pieces and loosely wrapping with plastic wrap. I then put a 5 gal bucket of drywall mud and a couple bags of quickcrete on it to weight it down. I have allowed myself a little grace with the design I have planed. Unless it just turns into toothpicks I should be okay, I hope. Figures crossed and I will keep you posted as the weeks go by. I don’t have to have this commission done until Christmas, so I have a little time.

@Jim, Thanks. I agree with the book matching. I haven’t used it much, I usually work my way around it and I am not sure it will get used in that manner on this one, but I would like to book match the lid in some manner if nothing else. Stayed tuned, this burl box is one of those long term things. I am guessing anywhere between next month until December before it is finished. It’s really up to the burl.

Well guys, tomorrow I should get the Bubinga Box into the booth. I am not sure it will be finished and photographed tomorrow, but I should have it posted by the weekend. That will be another hard one to see go, but with all the chatter, I don’t think I will own it for long.

Have a great night everyone,

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#14 posted 04-24-2012 02:22 AM

andy, after resawing or buying veneer i use glycerin to keep it stable or flatten out. my formula is 7 fleet supositories with 12 onces of water and microwave for 1.5 minutes then stir and brush it on. it makes the wood bendable and wont crack, without doing it most curly or or burly wood is fragile like a patato chip and the glycerine takes care of that. it also works great on rattle snake hides. i used to use prestone antifreeze on snake skins as well but prestone on wood may turn green lol. you can buy veneer softeners but why spend big bucks when you can get it at any drugstore.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#15 posted 04-24-2012 02:24 AM

How long after slicing do you normally do that? Is it something I could do in the next day or two? It sounds better than putting dish water on it.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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