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    Maple burl box

    Well after looking at Mike Staffords boxes, i thought i would give one a try. Not really like Mikes but he was the inspiration.This is aprox. 4x31/4. Finish is danish oil, 2 coats, 4 coats lacquar, knocked down with steel wool, and waxed.The wood came from them downed trees at the job site.Thanks and as always all C&C welcome.
    Steve
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    Very nice. I've never attempted to turn anything like that (or much else) but it must be a bear to keep everything from blowing up

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    The equivalent of making a silk purse from a sows ear.
    Very-very nice.
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    Nothing like hitting it out of the park on the first try Cool job Steve!! Glad it held together on ya...looks a little cragily
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    I have to agree, that is a fine looking box. I may have to borrow the design. Of course a box like that can never be duplicated exactly and for that reason alone it is yours.

    If I was going to recommend any changes it would be to use a darker wood for the finial or dye the wood so that it more closely complemented the bark inclusions in the burl.

    I am flattered that my work inspired you to turn a box. It is apparent you have some very good design and turning skills. Let's see some more.
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    Thanks all. This piece did throw me a few curves.The box Wanted to blow apart early in the turn, so i added some exposy to the worst spots. Let dry then finished turned. The first top i got to thin and had to make a different one. The finial was some mesquite and i made 3 different ones, this one is the one that the wife liked best. Was a bear but thought it finely turned out ok.

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    Really nice Stephan and glad you could keep it together. Mike is definitely the master.
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    Stephen, that piece looks like it had disaster written all over it. You did a good job of turning that and keeping it from exploding. I love pieces like this. It shows real talent to complete a piece like this. Thanks for sharing.
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    Amazing that you found a box in that nasty chunk of burl. Well done, Steve.
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    Maple burl box

    WOW.fantastic work
    May God Bless
    Ken

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