Tri-Flower Box #2

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Project by Matt Snyder posted 02-28-2020 08:49 PM 592 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second willow burl box I’ve made using this template. This one will be donated to a fundraiser for KSKO Public Radio in McGrath, Alaska.

The main wood is a piece of willow burl (you will see a lot of it on my page) that I rescued from the city when they took down a tree along my street.

It is routed from a single chunk of wood. I route in from the least interesting side, leaving around an inch of meat on the bottom that I cut off with the bandsaw and use for the lid. This puts the side of the slab with the most character on the top and bottom. This piece happens to have some pretty cool spalting running though it on one side so that is the side I chose to keep for the base and lid.

The lid is held on with magnets that I covered with plugs of cocobolo and purpleheart. I tried something new this time and made them with a hollow punch on my drill press. The little discs ended up shattering and having uneven edges with the brittle cocobolo and purpleheart when I just used the punch with a hammer. Thanks to the poor craftsmanship and rough edge of the set of punches I just got at Harbor Freight, when I put them in the drill press it cuts them out with a nice smooth edge.

Because it isn’t 100% symmetrical (it’s pretty close), the lid only fits perfect one way. To ensure that it doesn’t get misaligned and look funky, the two sets of magnets across from each other that are covered by purpleheart are the opposite polarity of the rest with cocobolo inlays.

The lid only holds tight in it’s correct position.

I sanded it down to 1000 grit with my rotary tool and 2” sanding discs before using a natural Danish Oil to finish it. Thanks for checking out my latest project!

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

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#1 posted 02-28-2020 10:22 PM

Nicely done, beautiful

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 02-29-2020 01:35 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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