Andy-Style Box Attempt #1

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Project by bobasaurus posted 03-25-2010 05:04 AM 7507 views 10 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first try at making an Andy-style art box, following his great set of tutorials (available here). Since I don’t own a router table, I made the top into a square piece that sets into the regular box opening (someday I’ll have to try the nice rounded-rabbet recessed style). I think the box came out pretty well, despite a few small fumbles. The miters are tight, and the gaps at the ends of the splines are small despite using just a regular blade. The lid fits nicely into the main box, though there is a small gap at the back of the medallion. I doweled the handle into place and hand-chiseled the matching mortise in the box base. The base and handle are walnut, with hard/silver maple for the top and splines, and a padauk insert. The finish is four coats of glossy wipe-on poly applied with cheesecloth. I wrapped velvet around some 1/8” shelf-backing material for the bottom inside the box.

I’m not sure if I like the overall color balance. I forgot to buy enough walnut for both the box and the top, so I made the top from the medallion piece (maple) and did the padauk medallion instead. I’ll have to be more aware of this the next time I make a trip to the sawmill.

I built some of Andy’s jigs to help make this project. Here is the pivoting stop block jig on my miter saw:
pivoting stop blocks
My 10” blade can just barely cut through the 3.5” board on the 1/2” mdf.
Here is the pyramid-o-mdf for routing the medallion recession:
mdf pyramid

I apologize for my horrible picture-taking. No matter what I tried, it either came out too yellow or out of focus. Shiny objects are a hard thing to photograph.

I gave this box as a present to our secretary at work, and she really liked it. Hopefully I won’t get orders for more. Thanks a lot for your art box instructions, Andy. I learned quite a bit through this project, and have an increased desire to buy more tools (dang, I thought I quelled that urge).

Edit: Here are some more pictures my coworker took with his awesome digital SLR camera. They really bring out the proper color of the woods.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 03-25-2010 05:08 AM

Very, very cool. Andy will be proud!

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

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#2 posted 03-25-2010 05:10 AM

Very nice box – build & finish. I like the color contrast.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 06:03 AM

I really LOVE the vibrant contrast of the Padauk with maple and walnut. It’s very striking and a very impressive piece for a first time project.

Feel free to send your rejects my way!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 06:35 AM

very nice work… I think you can take the “attempt” word out of the title… and perhaps add successful build of….
Looks great…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 06:57 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’m looking forward to making another art box using the skills I’ve learned. I think it would be fun to try a more complex carving on the top, like some waves or a spiral. It may be time to invest in a router table and planer to make my life easier (and safer).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 03-25-2010 07:57 AM

Beautiful job Allen, and congrats on completing one of “Andy’s” boxes.
Like Charlie said, Andy will be proud !

Someday I’ll tackle one as well….........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Monty Queen

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#7 posted 03-25-2010 08:24 AM

Awesome job on your box, i know Andy will be proud it looks fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 03-25-2010 10:06 AM

Great Job! 1st time huh? Sweeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 03-25-2010 11:30 AM

Nice job, it looks solid and well crafted. Beautiful : )
I think you should take orders for these,
make some money, and invest it into a router.
Just a thought….


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#10 posted 03-25-2010 01:18 PM

Good job!

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#11 posted 03-25-2010 02:00 PM

That turned out very nice, You did a great job on that.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 03-25-2010 02:58 PM

Great looking box!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#13 posted 03-25-2010 04:24 PM

I think it turned out great.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#14 posted 03-25-2010 04:33 PM

Very nice!

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#15 posted 03-25-2010 04:47 PM

We all see our faults more than others..
Nice job and without your telling us I think it is spectacular.
Nice job.

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

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