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Default Another box - long-leaf maple burl

I lady friend asked that I make her a box to put her favorite Bible in. I examined several species of wood before settling on long-leaf maple burl that I had gotten several years ago. The top pivots on two finishing nails (cheap hinges). The finish is my usual stuff - Zar oil-base polyurethane diluted 50/50 with mineral spirits that is applied with the blue paper shop towels that are cut into 1/4s.

I applied 4 or 5 coats - waiting about 8-hours between coats. Then I applied a heavy coat of the same material using a 1" foam brush. I use 400 grit sandpaper on a random orbital sander running at 1/2 speed. I applied the finish to the sandpaper as well. After sanding for 30 seconds on one of the sides, I wiped that piece down with a blue shop towel and rotate the unit to do another side. After 8-hours I started back applying more finish. Probably has 10 coats. I didn't attach the top until after all coats were applied.

I made a jig to indicate where to drill the holes in the sides for the finishing nails to go through. For that I had to experiment.

I will give the lady the box this weekend.

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As usual, that's just beautiful, Malcolm! Good job.

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Wow ,I have never seen a burl that large, Malcolm, just absolutely beautiful. You did an exceptional job ,as usual, she should be happy with it. A fiitting use for that beautifully figured wood.
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You definitely know how to showcase the natural beauty of the wood. Great job

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My gosh, that is really beautiful. The straight lines set of the swirls in the burl, which was a gigantic thing indeed.

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Beautiful, Malcolm....

I can see why she asked you to make the box....
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That was quite a burl. Nice job.

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