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First post, but not anywhere near first project. I do lots of small boxes and turnings, and the occasional bigger project. The lid lifts off, with no hinges. This was my first try at using a slab that I cut off a large burl my brother-in-law gave to me. You can see where I filled some voids. I backed the burl with 1/8" walnut since the back of the slab had hatchet marks, and I used a matching piece of walnut for the bottom. Sorry, no inside pictures.

One thing I did on this project for the first time was that the lid is pillowed rather than flat. The center is about a quarter inch higher than the edges.

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Nice box. Welcome among us
 

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Nice box.

Russian olive is beautiful, just smells really bad when cutting it

Welcome to Lumberjocks
 

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Attractive box.
Roger
 

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Very nicely done John.
The color and grain pattern make it look very stately.
And the burl really sets it off.

And welcome to Lumberjocks !
 

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Nice first post, welcome to Lumberjocks.
 

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Nice box! How did you do the pillowing of the burl? It's hard to see in the picture but I'm sure it looks great! What are the side made of?
 

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For the pillow effect I first trimmed the edges with a table saw at about 5 or 10 degrees, then took it to a belt sander to smooth it all out. The burl slab was around 3/8 inch thick when I started, so I had plenty to work with.

Bill - The sides are the russian olive I mentioned. You can't see the walnut I used for the bottom, and as a base under the burl.
 

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Great looking box, and welcome to LJ.
 

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John, great start and welcome to Lumberland. That is some beautiful burl you have there. If you are looking for some box-making tips you might try the index at the end of this post. Click here.

You might edit your post to add dimensions of your work. It is really difficult to tell scale from just a picture or two. For all of us, it takes a while learn what you can do when posting on this site, but you are way ahead of my first efforts in making boxes and in posting your projects. Nice work on both. Keep boxing and keep posting.
 

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Beautiful contrasting grains, from a burl with allot of motion encompassed by subtle grain. Nicely done!!!
 
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