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Project by awsum55 posted 05-28-2018 04:46 PM 1131 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friends father has a small sawmill in the country and gave me a few boards the other day. Some burl walnut, spalted poplar, cherry, and a couple of boards I can’t identify, but have quite a bit of spalting. I wanted to make him something as a thank you and this was the result.

I had never made anything before with such acute angles and I had to make a jig to be able to cut it on my table saw. I used Watco dark walnut oil and then finished it with several coats of lacquer, sanding between each coat. I also tried to book match as much as I could for symmetry. I’m pleased with the results and it was fun to get away from rectangles and square boxes.

I also had some fun with the top by creating a place for my logo which appears to be floating, then I wrapped it with a strip of Padauk to make it pop and add a bit of color. The box is about 10” tall by 3” wide. I was nervous milling such small pieces on the table saw and had to create a few different jigs to make sure I had all ten fingers when I was finished.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#1 posted 05-28-2018 05:37 PM

Interesting and unique project. Looks good!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 05-28-2018 06:01 PM

That spalted poplar cut on the angle is awsum !!

Really nice project John

-- 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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#3 posted 05-28-2018 06:48 PM

Great look and finish. Good job !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 05-29-2018 01:46 AM

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#5 posted 05-29-2018 01:13 PM

This is a very creative piece and nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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