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Project by VanDesignWoodworkin posted 10-05-2021 10:44 AM 634 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a burl chunk from my neighbor’s mother’s yard that was resisting me as to what kind of box it might be. It had the right shape and depth, but no super interesting outstanding features.

Then, as I trimmed and ground, the little ravine on the top of the box reminded me of an accessory I had… a little squirrel skull.

The whole thing came together after that and turned out to be a nice little box. The inside declivity was drilled out with my forstner bit… which I notice after two boxes is already getting dull. Those bits aren’t cheap either!

These burl boxes tend to have some heft, so I needed a hinge with some strength, but I wanted some appeal to it as well, and I thought this antique brass hinge was a suitable compromise. Because of some weak spots breaking away on the back while designing, I also was limited to one hinge.

Not everyone will dig the skull, but I’m pretty sure it will find a buyer!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 10-05-2021 02:12 PM

No interesting features !?...

That top is awesome, standing alone, but I love the skull…

Looks cool man !....Really grabs the eye…nice…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 10-05-2021 02:43 PM

Great combo, you are right, someone will snap that up, very cool!

I like the way you are rounding the sides, given the burls natural shape, keeping it “organic” like that adds appeal 8^)

What brand Forstner bit did you use? Many of the cheap import variety go dull quickly, poor steel/heat treat.

You can resharpen them, but it takes care. A better quality carbide bit would probably end up being cheaper than the lower quality bits in the long run. Chances are there is a fair amount of “grit” embedded in some of that wood which is hell on edges.
Alternatively you could hog out much of the material with a standard drill bit of a smaller diameter (brad point bits cut clean edges). If you can secure the in a drill press, you could then clean out the rest with the Forstner.

Plenty of tools/bits available to rough out the interior, a die grinder would allow you to use aggressive burrs for the bulk of the work and shower you with nice, warm shavings for winter warmth.

Of course this all adds more time required for the process.

Well done (again!) 8^)

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#3 posted 10-05-2021 04:06 PM

Thank you very much! I guess I’m working with burls and galls so much that I forget that even the more muted pieces are still beautiful in terms of grain, etc.

No interesting features !?... That top is awesome, standing alone, but I love the skull… Looks cool man !....Really grabs the eye…nice…

- mtnwild


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#4 posted 10-05-2021 04:08 PM

Thanks for the encouraging words and the advice.

Looks like the Forstner I bought was a Feud??

I’ll have to look into a higher end one, for sure!


Great combo, you are right, someone will snap that up, very cool!

I like the way you are rounding the sides, given the burls natural shape, keeping it “organic” like that adds appeal 8^)

What brand Forstner bit did you use? Many of the cheap import variety go dull quickly, poor steel/heat treat.

You can resharpen them, but it takes care. A better quality carbide bit would probably end up being cheaper than the lower quality bits in the long run. Chances are there is a fair amount of “grit” embedded in some of that wood which is hell on edges.
Alternatively you could hog out much of the material with a standard drill bit of a smaller diameter (brad point bits cut clean edges). If you can secure the in a drill press, you could then clean out the rest with the Forstner.

Plenty of tools/bits available to rough out the interior, a die grinder would allow you to use aggressive burrs for the bulk of the work and shower you with nice, warm shavings for winter warmth.

Of course this all adds more time required for the process.

Well done (again!) 8^)

- splintergroup


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 10-05-2021 06:20 PM

Ahhh Double tap….

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 10-05-2021 06:22 PM

Bullwinkle J. Moose has been looking everywhere for his friend Rocky. Natasha says she doesn’t know a thing about Rocky’s disappearance. Ima gonna tell Bullwinkle to go see you, that you may have information????

:-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#7 posted 10-05-2021 07:22 PM

I swear I found the skull by the sidewalk two years ago!


Bullwinkle J. Moose has been looking everywhere for his friend Rocky. Natasha says she doesn t know a thing about Rocky s disappearance. Ima gonna tell Bullwinkle to go see you, that you may have information????

:-)

- therealSteveN


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#8 posted 10-05-2021 10:48 PM

:-) Bullwinkle will believe it, he’s kinda, well he ain’t no rokeet scientist…

-- Think safe, be safe

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#9 posted 10-05-2021 11:48 PM

Ha!


:-) Bullwinkle will believe it, he s kinda, well he ain t no rokeet scientist…

- therealSteveN


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#10 posted 10-06-2021 02:35 AM

I like it. That curve where the skill sits looks great.

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

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