Burl wood topped box, Turquoise Inlay

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Project by Jerry Ihnen posted 01-19-2018 09:47 PM 2968 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought some lumber from a woman cleaning out her barn, $10/wheel barrow full. I added a stump of burl wood to the pile. After cutting on the band saw and running the piece through my planer, I trimmed it with purple heart and maple. The sides are of ambrosia maple with walnut splines. I added powdered turquoise to the top and sanded it off. The manufacturer claimed the powder won’t clog your sandpaper but it sure clogged mine. It took several sheets to get the top smooth. The burl hadn’t stopped moving so the top is no longer smooth but I still like the box.

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 01-19-2018 10:14 PM

I like the box, too. Especially the top, sides and corners. :- ) The trays ain’t half bad, neither. The turquoise on the bottom will be a surprise to whoever looks.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-19-2018 10:58 PM

Beautiful Project for sure!!!
Just a thought, did you seal the bottom of the burl really good?

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James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 01-19-2018 11:07 PM

Nice work. Where did you say this woody barn lady lived? I could use a deal on some old wood.

-- James E McIntyre

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Jerry Ihnen

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#4 posted 01-19-2018 11:08 PM

good question, I think I just used polyurethane on the bottom of the lid. Maybe I didn’t seal well enough?

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#5 posted 01-19-2018 11:14 PM

You read so many story’s where they never sealed the inside of a project , so that’s why that cam to mind.
Coming out of you shop and into a drier room can get things moving so may be just thatand it will settle down ina bit.
Again Nice job!!!

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Jerry Ihnen

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#6 posted 01-19-2018 11:18 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll try to seal the flip side if I ever do burl wood again. The barn I got the wood from is in Rochester Illinois, just outside of springfield. I wouldn’t advise taking a trip, I looked for a long time to find wood that I could use, most should just be burned.

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#7 posted 01-19-2018 11:46 PM

Great looking box.

-- Tom, Sawdust therapist

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#8 posted 01-20-2018 04:20 AM

wow ,very,very nice work!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 01-20-2018 01:50 PM

Jerry, you did a wonderful job on this box. It’s a real eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 01-20-2018 03:56 PM

That lid came out awesome!

Very nice work Jerry!

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#11 posted 01-20-2018 05:04 PM

Very special box you have made – I’m impressed with various types of woods you use.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 08-24-2018 10:02 AM

Love that lid, makes the entire box a winner.

Congrrats on your 3, and thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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