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Walnut Keepsake Box

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Project by gunsrocke posted 01-06-2018 02:26 AM 1556 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very close friend of mine is a logger among other things. He recently came upon a 100 year old walnut tree. I wish I had the pics to post. The tree was 7’ wide and 100% vertical burreled. I asked him if I could buy some boards so he invited me out to rummage through his barn. Now I’ve been in his barn before and I can tell you I have seen some extremely unique SLABS of wood. 4” thick 5’ wide walnut. Hundreds of rifle stock blanks, Birds eye Maple, Pine ect. After rummaging through the BURN pile!!! I left with a load of knarled boards that had been cut while milling. Theses were very ROUGH!! I brought it home and pondered how to tackled the task of milling since I am still a beginner.

The pictures are of one of the four boxes I made as gifts. Another success of skill building and learning.
The burreled boards he had in his shop were 2’ long 6” wide 3/4” thick. $200 each!!!!





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#1 posted 01-06-2018 02:41 AM

Very nice box! Spectacular wood!

-- Just making sawdust

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 03:25 AM

Love the knot hole in the top, makes it look real unique.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 03:59 AM

What beautiful piece of Walnut. Great Job!!

Chuck , The Sedcokid

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 05:02 AM

Guns, I like the details of your box. The shaped edges of the top and the detail on the inside of the lid are nice touches. The corner grain seems to match nicely. I like the bottom trim, but wish it had the same grain pattern as the rest of the box. The bottom trim with the nice arch does balance the overhang of the lid. This has a nice look and balance. The picture of the inside is so blurred that I can’t tell much about the hinges. You might try steadying your camera a bit. This is a fine box with lots of nice details and the wood is spectacular. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 01-06-2018 05:03 AM

Love that you featured the “flaw.” Beautiful! Why “knot” let the wood be its gorgeous self.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#6 posted 01-06-2018 11:56 AM

love that figured walnut!!!!!

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#7 posted 01-06-2018 01:34 PM

Outstanding…

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#8 posted 01-06-2018 02:07 PM

Beautiful box – the knot is a brilliant touch and of course the highlight

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 01-06-2018 02:19 PM

That’s some beautiful wood. Great job showing it off!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#10 posted 01-06-2018 02:19 PM

Beautiful box, and to think that wood was in the burn pile! Great save.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 01-06-2018 02:35 PM

Wish my burn pile had such quality, that wood is awesome!

The box design serves it up nicely, good grain matching and minimalist shaping.

Wood like that is usually sliced into veneers.

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#12 posted 01-06-2018 02:58 PM

This is a very nice box and it shows some nice details and craftsmanship. The wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#13 posted 01-08-2018 06:05 AM

Love that box, really love that you embraced the imperfections of that awesome burl. I shudder when someone asks how to use epoxy to fill those beauty marks. Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 01-08-2018 11:56 PM

That’s an amazing looking box—I love that burl! And to think this beauty almost went up in smoke….......!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#15 posted 01-09-2018 10:09 PM

Lovely sir

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