bentwood and burl box

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 10-13-2014 03:56 PM 3229 views 25 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The paying work slowed down so I had some time to spend on some artsy stuff in the shop. Of course it’s wrapped with veneer. Wish I could get my hands on some solid plank with such figure. I had a maple burl veneer pack that I was just dying to find a use for so this is what I designed for it. Leg posts are solid walnut.

I guess it’s kind of an unconventional method of construction to have veneer just feather out to a point on a mitered corner and to have edges exposed. I think the casual observer will not know or care. Maybe I’ll try banding and borders on my next project.

Box measures 15”h x 8.5”w x 7”d. Originally I had planned on the hinged door to be for necklaces but decided it was too small so I made ring rolls lined with suede leather along with the drawer boxes. I wish now I would have shortened the door and had extended top shelf all the way across. The door sticks shut with invisible magnets embedded behind the finish. Decided not to put a knob on the door so as not to compromise the aesthetic integrity. (picked up that terminology from an architect many years ago and now finally got a chance to use it)

Finish is 3 coats of semi gloss poly but I think I’m gonna do a light sanding and put a final finish coat of satin.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 04:18 PM

That is a real cool artsy box, Jim….............Jim

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

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#2 posted 10-13-2014 04:36 PM

wow man, thats far out!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 05:19 PM

Very creative design, great execution!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 10-13-2014 05:38 PM

wow, that is beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 10-13-2014 05:52 PM

Neat design.
Good job Sir.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#6 posted 10-13-2014 06:38 PM

Sweet, such a cool design

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

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#7 posted 10-13-2014 06:56 PM

Very innovative and attractive design and wood selection .
I agree that the upper shelf or top should span the total width .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 10-13-2014 09:12 PM

Love your work! This is really unique and fascinating.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 10-13-2014 09:18 PM

Fantastic design. You did a great job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 11:58 PM

You knock it out of the park again mr sellers. Incredible. Had to look at this for a few minutes to take it in

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 10-14-2014 12:37 AM

Outstanding work! The design is very unique!

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#12 posted 10-14-2014 12:45 AM

My head just exploded. I wish I had the skills to do something like this. It’s spectacular, Jim. Thanks for sharing this!!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#13 posted 10-14-2014 01:18 AM

Very interesting challenging piece especially with the veneer. It must have been a struggle to get the corners and edges to line up with all the angles and curves in this burl box. Good Job. Andy

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#14 posted 10-14-2014 02:33 AM

Thanks for all the comments and compliments. They are very much appreciated.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#15 posted 10-14-2014 12:44 PM

great design, beautiful !!

-- Alexander , Greece,

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