First try at an "Andy's Art Box"

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Project by MarkJ posted 06-15-2014 09:50 PM 2015 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been thinking about making a sculpted box for the past couple of years and decided it was time to give it a try. I have some nice curly maple that I plan on making the next box out of, but started off with ash and oak for this one. I made a “letter box” for one of my sons about a couple of years ago, and this box here is for my other son. The basic idea is that my wife and I write a letter to each of our boys every year and put them in their box. I figure this was the right motivation to finally give one of these boxes a try. Everything was mostly great until it came time for the grinding. I used a 4-1/2” angle grinder with a 4-1/2” sanding disc to start off with. I did get a few ripples going through the top (a la Andy) but got stuck when it came time to sand them smooth. Sure enough, the ripples became smaller and smaller as I smoothed them out…. and you have what you see here.. ripple free. It’s tough to tell in the pictures, but I did manage to all the sides ground in with concave curves. I also like the way the handle came out.

So, I think before I start in with the next box I’ll do some practicing on some boards. If anyone has hints on what they turn to next after the grinder, I’d love to hear them. I tried going from grinder to a Bosch triangle detail sander, but that didn’t seem to be the right tool here.

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#1 posted 06-15-2014 11:59 PM

Nice job. Let’s see more. :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 08:31 PM

bigogre, thanks the soft pad on that sanding disc looks like it would do the trick here. I’ll give it a shot.

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#4 posted 06-16-2014 08:36 PM

Very nicely done Mark.
Your joinery looks tight and that’s no easy task with these inset lids and panels.

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

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 01:28 AM

Great job it looks great…very nice first time …thanks for sharing..

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

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