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Project by mrsKennyMak posted 06-12-2014 01:28 AM 1761 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I began raving to Kenny over Andy’s art boxes approximately one year ago, but a thousand words apiece could never do them justice. Well, I finally got around to printing out a few pages’ worth of images (plus the tutorial), approximately three months ago; and this—Kenny’s second and still evolving [re]design—is the result.

The last “group” photo shows Kenny’s completed “groovy boxes,” so far. (The large box is 10.5×7.5×4.25” and the two small boxes are 4.5×4.5×3.5”.)

Here is his commentary:
“When I saw Andy’s art boxes, I was really inspired.
“I wanted to come as close as possible to the results in Andy’s tutorial, but necessity dictated that I would have to improvise with the only tool I had available to me—a 2-inch flap wheel, which I used with a drill press.”

“Regarding variety in shape, using the flap wheel limited my options very much; and although I initially tried to implement Andy’s effects, I’m really quite happy, overall, that my own improvisations led me in a different direction. (I’ve recently purchased a rotary tool, along with four bits, and am eager to experiment more with my new tools.)”

“I used aromatic cedar for the underside of the lid, and I also thought the sculpting I did on it had a pretty cool effect.
“This box ended up with a lot of deep curves, which people have said make them look like driftwood. Maureen and I have been referring to them as ‘groovy boxes’; but like so many others here have already said, none of these art boxes would exist if not for Andy.”

SIZE: 9.25×5.75×3.75”

Body: Basswood
Lid (underside): Aromatic Cedar
Lining: Black Velvet Flocking

Hardware: Brass Pin Hinges.
“With the bigger box, which was my first attempt, I attached a chain and barrel hinges; but I use pin hinges when I don’t want to use a chain, and I think they go pretty well, here, with this box.
“The smaller, cube-shaped boxes—one basswood and the other walnut—both have aromatic cedar innards. I’ve also burned a small reference point on the lid and box openings for easy closing. (The walnut one was my first attempt at sculpting hardwood.)”

Finish: Polymerized Tung Oil
“I’d eventually like to experiment with other finishes, but right now the polymerized tung oil is the devil I know. (When I first started working with it, I almost surrendered. It’s definitely a bit tricky, and there is a learning curve, but I think I’ve got the hang of it, now.)”

Thanks for the viewing (and for seeing past my lights/camera/background-testing photos)!

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-12-2014 01:31 AM

Great job, awesome finish

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-12-2014 02:54 AM

Good effort and construction report.
The boxes almost look cudlley

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 03:43 AM

Very nice…box making most certainly can become addictive…It is always good to see another person get the box making bug…

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#4 posted 06-12-2014 10:53 AM

Very nice boxes…excellent job in the sculpting and very smooth looking and by that I mean no sharp or sudden edges….very soft edges almost liquid looking…:)

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

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#5 posted 06-13-2014 12:28 AM

Excellent job creating such a smooth, flowing look. And the finish looks so touchable!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 06-13-2014 08:21 PM

Kenny says thank you all for the compliments!
I myself am always so astounded when I see the Daily 15 or just the continuous stream of Recently Addeds! I’m not a big social media convert, but despite my hesitancy to add just a one- or two-word comment, I’m going to make it my resolution to try to comment/compliment whenever i see a project that makes me do a double take!

To Monte, Robert, Dave, and gfadvm—Kenny spends a Lot of time on the finishing, and cuddly, liquid, and touchable are adjectives that are going to make his day!
To Greg—yes, Kenny really Has caught the box-making bug, very much inspired by LJ members such as yourself! And “addictive” is a fitting adjective here, too—in a good way! :-)

Thank you all,

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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#7 posted 06-18-2014 03:06 PM

Sorry for being late to the party, I really like those nice smooth curves Maureen, very nice.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 03:28 PM

These are all beautiful and show a lot of talent.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-23-2014 03:59 PM

Late thanks very much also to Randy and Charles!!!
PS: I like both of your websites! I’m (very slowly) trying to figure out the online blogging—facebook vs. wordpress vs. blogger, and which one is the least time consuming! (facebook is losing… ;-)

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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#10 posted 07-08-2014 10:39 PM

Very nicely done!
I like the soft shaping it looks so natural.
Thank you for the kind words, i am glad I could encourage you.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 05-24-2015 01:27 AM

These are some great boxes. I stopped here reading your excitement over Andy’s work. And as I went down the thread there he is.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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