Veneered Sunburst Box 1

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Project by BArnold posted 06-11-2013 12:46 AM 2417 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box for an exchange on another forum and thought you’d like to see it here. In very basic terms, it’s a veneer-over-plywood box. As I’m sure you can appreciate, there’s a degree of difficulty involved!

Top: Samauma veneer over a core of four layers of 1/8” bending plywood. Curve was created using a 12” radius form inside a vacuum pressing bag. The inside and outside faces of veneer were pressed onto the top using the form inside the vacuum bag. All veneer on the top is samauma, taken from a tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest.

Sides are built with veneer over ½” birch plywood for the four sides. Exterior veneer is commercial solid wood samauma (dark veneer) and commercial solid wood tiger maple (light veneer), placed in sunburst patterns. Interior is done with paper-backed, quarter-sawn maple veneer.

Handle and legs are made from Honduran mahogany colored with Transtint Brown Mahogany dye.

All surfaces received two coats of Target Finishes EM1000 sealer, sanding between coats. Three coats of EM6000 Clear Gloss were then applied, rubbing with 0000 steel wool between coats. A final topcoat of EM6000 Satin completed the process.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#1 posted 06-11-2013 01:48 AM

That’s cool. How unique. Nice job

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-11-2013 02:07 AM

Very nice. Excellent job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 06-11-2013 02:16 AM

very nice work

well done

welcome to LJ’s

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-11-2013 02:30 AM

Great looking box…and Welcome to LJ’s

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 06-11-2013 03:02 AM

That is a beautiful box. I like the overall design, the arched top and how the veneer rediates outwards on both the side and front.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 06-11-2013 10:59 AM

Nice little box, very pretty

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 06-11-2013 02:38 PM

this is a super box..very gracful & great color combo

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#8 posted 06-11-2013 02:40 PM

This box is beautiful. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-11-2013 02:41 PM

Very nice. I like how you maintained the grain from the top to flow over the sides. A small detail that is often overlooked when making boxes.

-- "Trees are evil they must be punished." R. Underhill

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#10 posted 06-12-2013 03:52 AM

Sweet, nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 06-12-2013 01:05 PM

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

@volpeveneers: I know I overlooked that detail on a previous box, but the grain pattern was not as bold. As I thought about this one, the solution was so straight-forward it kinda smacked me up beside the head!

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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