Reproduction "Pepperwood Burl Writing Box"

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Project by Eyal posted 07-07-2014 03:19 AM 4018 views 12 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have looked very forward to posting again. This is my second box, well in some ways it is my first, as i got into box making specifically to make Roger’s Pepperwood burl box (you can check it out at the search box on this website). Roger, thankfully created an 200 page (something like that perhaps more) e-book which explains how he makes the box that is also available for purchase. my first box gave me me some prerequisites in box making, giving me some experience beforehand.

This box is veneered in oak burl over baltic birch ply purchased at the veneer was a pleasure to work with however, little did i know how difficult it is to french polish.

the inside was inspired from one of the images in Roger’s e-book of an 18th century tea box. in addition it is always nice to surprise the observer with an intricate yet functional interior. the interior of this box, which is comprised of 4 lids, is designed to hold pens, a journal and snuff.
the edges are box wood with a combination of black and white veneers to make up the lines. it does look intricate, however very easily attainable with a little patience and perseverance. the hinges are from The lining is italian lamb suede.

i am very much thankful to Roger for enabling me to make this box, his work and work-ethic which is prevalent throughout his e-book-has been inspirational.
please feel free to ask any questions.
in addition, anyone who gets stuck on one of the steps in rogers e-book is welcome to contact me, i would be more than willing to help in whatever capacity i can.

thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 08:34 AM

Beautiful! The “butterfly” in the front panel is particularly eye catching. Is it really only your second box?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 10:12 AM

Eyal – beautiful work! You certainly did proud by Roger and it’s a befitting tribute not only to the man and his craftsmanship but also to his e-book. Very, very impressive work Eyal.

As to French Polish being difficult – it is at first but with additional practice it will become almost second nature. You did a magnificent job on this one and I will be watching for your next wonderful creation.


-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 11:57 AM

wow a beautiful and exquisite box inside and out..

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 12:01 PM

Wow, it’s amazing to me that people can actually make things like this. I’ve never veneered at all and it seems very mysterious to me!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 01:09 PM

Magnificent. What a delight to check in this morning and find this box! So much to admire: your choice and matching of veneer is right on. The craftsmanship leaves nothing to be desired either. I really love the interior. The combination of the oak burl and figured book matched walnut are a perfect compliment. The lifts and lids are a wonderful surprise on opening. The interior banding and green suede leather are both subtle and striking at the same time. Every detail works together in a way that few boxes accomplish.

You may have struggled with the French polish a bit, but you certainly seem to have overcome any difficulties. My compliments on some really fine work.

I appreciate the kind words, but the credit is all yours in creating a wonderful piece. You’ll soon be teaching the master class.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 01:38 PM

Very fine!Can you tell me the surface paint?

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 01:45 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. to clarify on the french polish: oak burl, being rather porous is difficult to fill pores with french polish especially if you are not going to use a pore filler. as to the process, i love it, it is almost magical, as roger puts it-personal.

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#8 posted 07-07-2014 01:56 PM

Stunning! Makes me want to try veneering and French polishing.

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#9 posted 07-07-2014 02:20 PM

Roger Bean alerted me to your boxes…...they are magnificent! It’s hard to believe you are not a box-maker of long standing. Your work has the look and quality of a seasoned craftsman. We could do no better than to follow in the footsteps of Roger. He is so committed to design and quality construction, and I can see that you are, too.
Welcome to the LJ family…..I will be looking forward to your next contribution.

-- jbschutz

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#10 posted 07-07-2014 02:53 PM

Yao: the surface is not painted at all. this is the natural color of the burl oak. as the veneer comes it is a pale wheat color. the french polish gives it the warmth that appears a darker wheat almost a yellow color. this is a little embarrassing but i used to think that all those expensive looking burl furniture were dyed very slightly yellow. earlier on, in preparation for these boxes i actually purchased yellow dye in preparation for the finishing!

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#11 posted 07-07-2014 03:06 PM

Wow! What a beautiful job you did on this box, Eyal. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 07-07-2014 07:12 PM

A beautiful piece, and very worthy of your mentor. When I first noticed the photo on the project page, I immediately thought “Oh… Roger has posted another one of his masterpieces!”

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 07-07-2014 07:30 PM

That is really fantastic. If I could make a box a tenth as good I would meet one of my aims from when I started woodworking.

It took a little digging but here’s a link to Roger’s ebook if anyone is interested:

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#14 posted 07-07-2014 08:48 PM

Beautiful box. Very impressive.

May I ask where you go the tassel? I am looking for a source.


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#15 posted 07-07-2014 09:15 PM

That is some kind of impressive work! Someday, maybe…

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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