Painter's Box

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Project by Bill posted 04-06-2007 06:43 PM 6019 views 17 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a more complete write-up on my website, but here are the basics.

Red Oak and Purple Heart used for the box. Finish was simply shellac and sanded with steel wool between coats.

The box can store two 11×14 canvases inside, as well as art supplies. It can also be used as a portable artist easel, since the lid will support the canvas with magnetic knobs and a metal strip.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 06:45 PM

How wonderful – again!
Love the colours.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 07:03 PM

There’s a young man of my acquaintance who’s off to look at various art schools this next week. Between this and your artist’s painting table I think I know what to aspire to in a high school graduation gift that he could take with him to college…

Very nice clean lines.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 04-06-2007 07:04 PM

I like this, Bill. Nice job. I think the brass hardware gives it a really substantial feel.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#4 posted 04-06-2007 07:13 PM

You have developed quite a specialty with your woodworking for artist. Good luck!

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#5 posted 04-06-2007 07:17 PM

Thank you all. I hope there are more artist out there that want these products Dennis. This and the painting table have been quite challenging, but great learning experiences. I would like to do a few more to improve my skills.

The contrast of oak and purple heart is one of my favorites, especially when the purple heart has turned a nice dark purple. When it is first cut or sanded, it is dull brown, then turns rich purple as the wood oxidizes. I usually try to leave a few days between sanding and finishing to allow the purple heart to change color. So far it has worked well.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 04-06-2007 08:42 PM

Bill – At first I thought that you must have been the artist – building tools for yourself. I assume you are doing these specifically for someone? They should be extremely happy! Mike

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#7 posted 04-06-2007 09:15 PM

I agree with Dennis about you finding a real nitch for high-end artist pieces Bill. This is really quality work. Just beautiful stuff. You should think about developing that marketing angle for you web site maybe. I think it would be a real hit.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 04-06-2007 09:19 PM

This is great Bill. My wife would love this for her art supplies. Did you come up with the plan yourself or did you order it from somewhere.

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#9 posted 04-06-2007 09:21 PM

I bet any artist would drool over this box, it’s something special.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 04-06-2007 09:50 PM

Very nice Bill.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#11 posted 04-07-2007 12:33 AM

Nicely done….you need to do a complete matched set Bill. Box, easel, and stool. You could really market something like that to very successful artists. One thing they definitely appreciate is fine quality things. Especially when it comes to their tools. I could probably bounce your deisgn off an Artist I know on Maui. Good friend of my brothers. Even if he wasn’t interested in it himself he knows lots of others out there and elsewhere. He travels the world giving classes.

-- Bob

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#12 posted 04-07-2007 12:44 AM

Bill A great looking project. Very nice design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 04-07-2007 12:52 AM

—-another great artist box here Bill!
I will have to visit your website and check this out some more, I have often thought of building one of these myself….but then I just throw all my stuff into whatever.

....and then I also like the shellac, if I may ask; what is the cut ratio and do you ever tint your shellac?

-- --frank, NH,

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#14 posted 04-07-2007 05:03 PM

Thank you all again. The table was designed after a picture my artist found on a web site. I had to do all the design based on the picture and description provided. While it looks like the picture, it is made differently. It took much longer to complete than I had projected, since I had to plan through everything, sometimes making changes as I went.

I like the idea of an artist line, though I had not thought about it. I think the matching easel and stool would be a good idea. I am also thinking of making some picture frames, so it would be a good idea to find a matching design to add to my collection.

Tree, let me know what your artist friend thinks. I am sure there are things I can change to make it better, but would like to hear their thoughts. My artist customer loves the table.

Frank, I have to admit I just used shellac that was pre-cut at 3 lb, and then thinned it down to 2 lb. I was doing this in the summer with a brush, and it sure dried quickly.I have not tinted the shellac before, but hope to try that someday.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 04-07-2007 06:02 PM

I made the same project for an artist retiring from a staff position in my church. I made mine from ash and walnut. It was fun. She was thrilled as I’m sure your artist was.

Silly me. I didn’t take a picture of it before I gave it away!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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