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Burl Box with Ant Tunnels

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Project by NoWhiskeyWoodworking posted 10-10-2021 04:50 AM 460 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Late afternoon on Friday, I loaded up a small burl (maybe a gall) into my clamp and began, as usual, to use the Sawzall to cut into into a rectangular box shape. Because the piece was small, the clamp wasn’t cooperating, but I finally was able to start cutting. On my second to last cut, I saw something unusual… little tiny ants spilling from a now exposed hole.

I couldn’t believe it!

All that clamping, reclamping, and finally cutting, and it was for nothing. The wood was infested with ants.

But, I decided to carry on, and discover that the ants, rather than harbingers of doom, were tiny artists secretly enhancing (enhantsing?) the appearance of the box.

It made me a little sad to spritz them with deet, but there were about 50 active ants. They needed to go.

Rather than see the ants as a deficit, I decided to accentuate their attack on the wood… make it the showpiece of the box.

It turned out to be a fun project with what I hope is good results. I love both the outside and inside of the lid, especially how the inside really highlights their little tunnel system.

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





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swirt

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#1 posted 10-11-2021 01:15 AM

Looks great. Bug holes and all.

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

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#2 posted 10-11-2021 02:09 AM

Thank you!


Looks great. Bug holes and all.

- swirt


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

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#3 posted 10-11-2021 04:23 AM

So many perfect little imperfections, a thing of beauty.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 10-11-2021 04:25 AM

Very cool piece.

I once cut a log in half thinking I’d make a conference table out of it for a friend of mine. When the log fell apart, the ants came pouring out. Sadly, that one ended up on the firewood pile.

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#5 posted 10-11-2021 10:47 AM

Thank you!


So many perfect little imperfections, a thing of beauty.

- therealSteveN


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

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#6 posted 10-11-2021 10:49 AM

Were they those big, black carpenter ants? Those are nasty and do so much damage.

The ants in the wood that ended up being my box above were little tiny sugar ants. That’s the only reason I was able to proceed.


Very cool piece.

I once cut a log in half thinking I d make a conference table out of it for a friend of mine. When the log fell apart, the ants came pouring out. Sadly, that one ended up on the firewood pile.

TZH

- TZH


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

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#7 posted 10-11-2021 02:56 PM

Awesome !

Character jumping out all over that piece…reall tells a story…super save…well done again…

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

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#8 posted 10-11-2021 02:59 PM

Thanks… yes, I’m very glad I stuck with it.

Awesome ! Character jumping out all over that piece…reall tells a story…super save…well done again…

- mtnwild


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

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