Willow Burl Box

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Project by Matt Snyder posted 01-21-2020 05:55 PM 875 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple willow burl boxes I made from a salvaged willow stump the city cut down the street from my house. They are made with a router and template for the inside and bandsaw/belt sander for the outside.

While routing, I hollow out from the less interesting side and leave enough meat on the base to cut the lid off with the bandsaw. This makes the side of the slab with the most character both the base and the lid. I then use inset magnets to hold the lid closed.

The marbling in the wood with the bark inclusions make these boxes truly unique. They were made for my contribution to the family Christmas white elephant gift exchanges.

-- - I learn more from my failures than my successes.

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#1 posted 01-21-2020 10:23 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

Again, nice save. Pretty slick for free wood.

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#2 posted 01-21-2020 11:50 PM

wow i dont think you could find wood with more beauty and character.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 02:50 AM

Gorgeous work and gorgeous wood!
Well done Matt.

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 05:04 AM

Magnificent burl and a beautiful use of it.

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 06:43 AM


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#6 posted 01-22-2020 11:16 AM

Gorgeous boxes! I’d give long odds that they were the hit of the white-elephant exchange.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#7 posted 01-23-2020 02:54 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’ve been making little one piece boxes for the white elephant gift exchange for several years now (who really wants another cheese and sausage gift set) and they do tend to get stolen multiple times.

-- - I learn more from my failures than my successes.

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