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Project by NoWhiskeyWoodworking posted 09-18-2021 12:08 PM 693 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Searching through my bin of recently obtained burl and gall pieces, I found a piece of wild cherry that gave me an idea. The knot was all the way around the branch and quite thick. It gave me the notion that maybe I should give bowls a rest for a moment and try a box.

I work with the tools I have, so I cut the gall into the box shape by using a pruning saw. Even after buying a brand new blade, my arm was very sore. Black Knot Fungus makes the wood dense but also gummy, so tools lose their edge (or at least have their edge gummed up) pretty quickly.

Once I was happy with the initial shape, I used the pruning saw to cut off the lid. My initial idea was to hollow out a traditional box with right angles and all that good stuff. But I knew I did’t have the tools. I played with the idea of cutting the rest of the sides into pieces like the lid… so I would have side and bottom pieces that I could fit back together into a box… but I wanted the box (save for the lid) to all be one piece.

So, I stuck to what I know for the inside and made it into a bowl of sorts. I decided that I would hollow down until I struck gall patterning gold at the bottom of the bowl, too.

Tried something fancy, for me at least, and made an oval declivity in the lid that matches the oval of the bowl.

The antique brass hardware I picked up from Ace Hardware.

Will I make another box from my burl/gall? Not sure… it really would require finding just the right piece.

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 09-18-2021 01:22 PM

Excellent box. The wood is outstanding with the burl and natural edge. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#2 posted 09-18-2021 01:26 PM

Thank you, Dave! I might try another one today.


Excellent box. The wood is outstanding with the burl and natural edge. Well done.

- doubleDD


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 09-18-2021 05:28 PM

Amazing chunk of wood. Tell me it’s not staying outside?

-- Think safe, be safe

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#4 posted 09-18-2021 05:56 PM

Yes, it’s a beautiful piece of wood, for sure. It will stay out in the garage for awhile… hopefully to slowly dry out. I tell myself that process more evens out the drying process (which is probably just me comforting myself)... and that way the cracks aren’t as abrupt or large.

My wife runs several dehumidifiers in the house, so my earliest work developed significant cracks fairly quickly.

Doesn’t bother me too much… the original name for my shop was going to be Cracks and Tool Marks Intended Woodworking.


Amazing chunk of wood. Tell me it s not staying outside?

- therealSteveN


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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Phil32

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#5 posted 09-18-2021 06:42 PM

Van – You’ve made great progress on this Wild Cherry burl, and correctly you have left open possible further steps. You have left material to allow for changes to the burl, realignments, expanding the interior, etc. if necessary. Your comments reflect a keen awareness of what the burl may be doing, and the emerging appearance.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#6 posted 09-18-2021 07:57 PM

Well, I’ve picked up a few things since June.


Van – You ve made great progress on this Wild Cherry burl, and correctly you have left open possible further steps. You have left material to allow for changes to the burl, realignments, expanding the interior, etc. if necessary. Your comments reflect a keen awareness of what the burl may be doing, and the emerging appearance.

- Phil32


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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Gary

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#7 posted 09-18-2021 09:37 PM

Love the look.
The only downside I see is there’s a lot of material in the box which could become additional objects.

-- Gary, Florida

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swirt

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#8 posted 09-18-2021 11:42 PM

Nice work. Unique and beautiful.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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awsum55

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#9 posted 09-19-2021 02:59 AM

I see you’ve just joined, welcome aboard. Nice work for what you had to work with. If I found a piece of wood like that I would have resewed it and made 10 more projects with it. That wood is amazing, but without a big band saw you had to grind away a lot of beautiful wood. That had to be a lot of work just using the tools you mentioned.

-- John D, OP, KS

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#10 posted 09-19-2021 03:11 AM

The box is actually fairly small… so not too much wasted.


Love the look.
The only downside I see is there’s a lot of material in the box which could become additional objects.

- Gary


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#11 posted 09-19-2021 03:13 AM

Thank you!


Nice work. Unique and beautiful.

- swirt


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#12 posted 09-19-2021 03:14 AM

Thanks for the welcome. The gall piece I used wasn’t too much bigger than the box, so not to much was wasted, and I did keep the end pieces.

What kind of projects would you have done with it?


I see you ve just joined, welcome aboard. Nice work for what you had to work with. If I found a piece of wood like that I would have resewed it and made 10 more projects with it. That wood is amazing, but without a big band saw you had to grind away a lot of beautiful wood. That had to be a lot of work just using the tools you mentioned.

- awsum55


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 09-19-2021 11:26 AM

I work with the tools I have, so I cut the gall into the box shape by using a pruning saw.

Such a beautiful example of mother nature at here best.
My pruning saw never did anything like that and I have to applaud your ingenuity for using on hand tools that were not designed for the wood shop. great job

-- 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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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#14 posted 09-19-2021 12:43 PM

Thank you!

I tend to go through whims in life. For awhile, I was playing my bass guitar fairly regularly (for a good two years) and even thought about getting a bigger amplifier/maybe joining a band again. Then, the interest just turned off. Haven’t played bass in months.

I worry that I might do the same with woodworking so, so far, I’ve been very slow to invest in anything (though I did just buy a new mouse sander)

My wife is very encouraging and tells me I should build a shop in our garage or basement (I don’t think she fully understands sawdust!). I just don’t want to invest too much too soon.

Currently, this has been my work station… and it’s starting to get chillier and chillier in Michigan.

I work with the tools I have, so I cut the gall into the box shape by using a pruning saw.

Such a beautiful example of mother nature at here best.
My pruning saw never did anything like that and I have to applaud your ingenuity for using on hand tools that were not designed for the wood shop. great job

- recycle1943


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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