'Sunset' a box for Rachel

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Project by Andy posted 09-23-2007 02:30 AM 26515 views 103 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This won Third place in this LJ contest.
See it here

Another of my designs, this one is for my daughter Rachel. No special occasion…I just love her a lot.

This box is Maple with Bloodwood. I went pretty extreme on the shaping with the grinder and lost 3 boxes to get this one. The problem is, as you round the top over and flow it down into the sides, the joinery needs to be perfect or you get gaps.The miters need to be very crisp or as you grind into them the flaws will show. NO putty allowed :-) Also the edge becomes weak, especially around the hinge pins.
This box is a beauty to hold, and run your hands over.

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

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#1 posted 09-23-2007 02:44 AM


This is another winner! You’ve definitely got the hang of making boxes ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 09-23-2007 02:51 AM

nice boxes you’ve been makeing. did you say you use a side grinder?

-- bryano

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#3 posted 09-23-2007 03:42 AM

That finish is truly artistic! It makes the wood seem almost liquid. I’m impressed is an understatement.

-- Robb

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#4 posted 09-23-2007 03:50 AM

OK, OK, give me a break from this eye candy! Wow! I’m not sure my heart can take much more. I’ve never thought of the fact that I just love small wooden boxes as a fetish – but I am beginning to wonder. LOL

This is terrific – fluid – molten – alive!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 09-23-2007 04:03 AM

Looks like you were thinking outside the box! Incredible artistry. What did you use to finish the box?

-- Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all!

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#6 posted 09-23-2007 04:19 AM

Andy your boxes are at a whole new level – up there with Don’s and very few others. I really like the “forming” and wood selection. I’ve read in another post that you use Deft lacquer for these boxes. Would you please take a minute and be a little more specific on the finishing technique?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 09-23-2007 04:20 AM

It almost looks like the box melted. Just wonderful.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 09-23-2007 04:22 AM

Wow! I was down in the shop making a box. I think I might toss it in the burn pile. These are great. I’m going to take up cross stitch.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 09-23-2007 04:30 AM

Ah come on Mot – just because Andy is a Michelangelo of boxes there’s still time to become a Cellini of boxes. I certainly won’t give up. He just inspires me to try harder.

Andy, you are one of a kind. Most excellent. This series of boxes are inspired and inspiring.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#10 posted 09-23-2007 04:54 AM

Wow that is a beautiful box!

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#11 posted 09-23-2007 06:11 AM

pretty box … you took flat sawn maple and turned it into a exotic … great project

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 09-23-2007 06:52 AM

Extraordinary…amazing look!

-- Bob

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#13 posted 09-23-2007 08:26 AM

Congrats Andy, you almost made our mate Don faint with your flowing box!

It’s a truly exceptional box that of yours. It clearly reminds me of the melting clocks of some of most famous Dali’s paints. Please, tell us more about the actual process of shaping the lid.

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#14 posted 09-23-2007 12:21 PM

first: awwwwwwwwwwwwwww you made it for your daughter because you love her a lot!!!

the box is beautiful.. it almost looks like a cloth box, as its shape “distorts” with dips and dives.
I can’t wait to see the video of you carving the shape of a box (hint hint)

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

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#15 posted 09-23-2007 12:23 PM

Wow, there is nothing I can say that would do justice to that box. Andy, the box itself is a special occasion.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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