Andrew Crawford style jewelry box

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Project by Longcase posted 03-15-2016 11:18 PM 2840 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was cleaning the workshop up I realized how many 3/4 finished jobs were laying around, so, my resolution for the next month or so is to finish a few. To give you an example, I started this box just after Christmas…......2014. This box is based on an Andrew Crawford design, the construction is solid maple with mitered dovetail corners, the main veneer Koa, banding is made up of yellowheart,coralwood,holly and black dyed boxwood. Building and veneering the box was straight forward, it was the curved banding that proved to be quite a challenge, I naively thought that I would be able to bend the banding over a hot soldering iron as standard when bending stringing, was I wrong. I had to build a male and female form ,build up the banding in the form and clamp together, then when dry, cut at the correct angle to suite the corners ( definately room for improvement there). I finished with French polish and used cotton velvet for all the interior, the trays are made from figured maple I had laying around. I am quite pleased with how the box turned out , just a little tighter on the banding corners.
Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 11:32 PM

Nicely done!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 11:36 PM

Beautiful box! I really like the shape of it, and the banding!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 12:29 AM

It’s very nicely done. Reminds me a bit of some of the projects in the book ‘Wooden Boxes’ by Dennis Zongker – it’s a good book if you don’t have it. Lots of curves, veneering, banding, etc. – rather advanced projects.


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#4 posted 03-16-2016 01:27 AM

Beautiful work Kieth. We all find little things we might have done better and beat ourselves up for them a little but most often no one else ever notices. This box is just lovely and I can’t see a thing to worry about. The banding looks great to me.
Well done and thanks for posting this.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 02:07 AM

Hello keith,
This box is beautiful and it’s execution masterfully done.
There is very little out there in terms of how to build the design aside from andrew’s out of print books on his boxes (of which i have copies), and even then the instructions in the book are not easy to follow.
I had wanted to make one at one point but decided on one of his more basic designs.
This box is a real pleasure to look at and resurfaced the desire to make one.

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#6 posted 03-16-2016 03:11 AM

So very impressive,great job.


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#8 posted 03-16-2016 01:09 PM

Lovely box with excellent craftsmanship – well done!

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#9 posted 03-16-2016 01:33 PM

Beautiful box! It’s work like this that makes me realize how much more I have to learn as a woodworker. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#10 posted 03-16-2016 01:49 PM

Very tricky work involved here. I think you did Andrew proud!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 03-16-2016 02:50 PM

Very Nice..!!
Wish the pictures were larger…
Perhaps it is my browser..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#12 posted 03-16-2016 04:38 PM

Thank you for the kind comments, most appreciated.

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#13 posted 03-16-2016 05:51 PM

This box is absolutely beautiful, Keith. There’s a lot of craftsmanship on this box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 03-16-2016 11:55 PM

Very nicely done Keith. Andrew Crawford’s style of boxes is an excellent example of ones to duplicate. Roger Bean has spent a few sessions exchanging info and techniques with Andrew and his work is quite exquisite. I really like the way you’ve worked in the Koa veneer which up to this point had not seen on this style of box. How did you finish the box? Did you make your own banding?

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#15 posted 03-17-2016 10:44 PM

Randy. The box was french polished with a coat of wax. buffed up on top for added protection, and yes I made the bandingg.

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