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Project by rtbrmb posted 10-28-2021 04:32 PM 660 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last winter I had a co-worker that was removing a dying walnut tree from his fathers property. He gave me 6 logs- the day before they were going to be split for firewood. I had another friend mill them to a little over 1” thick & then I stored them in a heated building for several months. I was able to air dry them to ~11% MC.

First time working air dried lumber- quite different than kiln dried.

So my son asked me to make a box for a glass chess set that was given to him by one of his daycare providers when he “graduated” from day care years ago. He taught my son how to play and they competed quite often with each other.

This project is what I came up with. The foam used is leftover from lining my workbench drawers. The top is made from oak burl veneer that I have had for several years (waaay before the price of veneer went crazy). I made it so the foam attached to the underside of the lid cushions the glass board (gently).

I was able to wrap the grain around all 4 corners- the grain and color variations in this board is incredible (thanks mother nature). I CNC’d his initials on the bottom right corner of the lid. I finished with GF seal-a-cell & multiple coats of GF arm-r-seal.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 10-28-2021 05:59 PM

Very nice box, good looking. Walnut is always a great wood.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 10-28-2021 06:48 PM

Very nicely done. The burl looks very rich against the Walnut sides with the grain wrapping around. And a great way to save the wood from the burn pile.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 10-28-2021 07:11 PM

Everything about it is excellent.

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#4 posted 10-29-2021 12:40 AM


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#5 posted 10-29-2021 02:00 AM

That walnut is really eye catching and wrapping the grain takes it to a high level. Very nice!!

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#6 posted 10-29-2021 04:18 AM

It’s a beautiful box…and then, to see that grain pattern on the corner…whoa! Beautiful work!

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#7 posted 10-29-2021 10:39 AM

Great job on that box. It is a very attractive piece.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 10-29-2021 02:37 PM

I so admire what you’ve done here with this box!

And, a fellow Michigander!

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

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#9 posted 10-29-2021 04:26 PM

That’s some of the best looking firewood I’ve seen awhile! Nicely done.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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