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Project by Andy posted 05-06-2017 02:30 AM 3869 views 18 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Body is bamboo:
This is my second box using laminated bamboo. It is pretty decent to work with, smells like hay when machining it, and has a waxy feel to it. Slivers are an issue along any fresh cut edges. There are several suppliers, is one.

The lid is Ziricote:
It is another piece from that wonderful Ziricote board I bought a couple of years ago and was featured in a couple of boxes recently posted. It looks like rolling hills and valleys, sand dunes, or a lava flow…at least to me anyway.
Hard, but great to work with, about like rosewood.
I took the bamboo lid and ripped it into three pieces, the outer pieces about 1/12’ wide, the center piece being about 3 1/2” wide, I split that one into two 3/8” thick pieces, tossed the top one and set a 3/8” piece of Ziricote on the bottom one and reassembled the four pieces (plus two thin accent strips of paduak). and glued it all up for the new lid. Just got to get all the joints tight…whew!

Corner splines:
They are wenge at the top and bottom ….and the fat center ones are sandwiches made from paduak, maple, and wenge. I mixed them up a little to add some tension. I sometimes like to kill the matchey-matchey look by adding something a little out of kilter just to grab the eye and make a person take another look. Its also a great way to hide a screw up…just saying.

The center panel:
It is made of three pieces of Black Palm end grain alternating with two of edge grain.
The diamond on the back is also end grain Black Palm. I did this to break up the expanse of this long box so when it sets in front of a mirror the diamond will show…just a new thought.

Dividers are paduak, wenge, bamboo, walnut:
They are removable, typical for me. There is a double ring holder that slides side to side in the very front, two fixed half pipe trays and two movable half columns in the back. A man can toss all this out and lay his wallet, watch, and money clip on the velvet if it strikes his fancy. That’s why I don’t label these as a jewelry box or a valet…just ArtBoxes.

Handle: A Ziricote strip from the edge of the lid panel. I shaped some curves along the grain lines to tie in with the contrasting grain pattern. I added two brass mosaic pieces with a Paduak round in the center just to break things up a little but still tie in with the accent pieces. I wasn’t after a lot of bling, just a subtle flash.

Overall size is 12” long x 6” wide x 3 1/2” deep.

Lacquer finish, semi-gloss.

Thank you for looking, and I appreciate your thoughts.

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

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#1 posted 05-06-2017 02:39 AM

Great build , Beautiful as is typical of your usual work Andy.


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#2 posted 05-06-2017 02:54 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 05-06-2017 02:59 AM


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 05-06-2017 03:10 AM

All of your work is stunning.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 05-06-2017 03:17 AM

The Lava is flowing!

Beautiful box… as usual…

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 05-06-2017 03:29 AM

Absolutely beautiful Andy! Love your work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 05-06-2017 03:34 AM

Really, really gorgeous.

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#8 posted 05-06-2017 03:37 AM

Pretty box and pretty labor intensive. Why bamboo vs other light color wood?

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#9 posted 05-06-2017 03:41 AM

Super beautiful box, Andy. You are a master for sure

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 05-06-2017 03:49 AM

As we are a couple of chocolate lovers, we see flowing Chocolate Lava flows. A great place for a chocolate stash inside.

-- Paul Allen

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#11 posted 05-06-2017 04:31 AM

Some of the material you obtain is incredible.
You always do a nice job on the piece, but what really sets it off is the grain patterns in the wood.

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#12 posted 05-06-2017 05:24 AM

Absurdly nice as always, Andy. Always like seeing your work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 05-06-2017 05:29 AM

Another nice one Andy.
Well done!

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

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#14 posted 05-06-2017 06:07 AM

When I think about cabinets and boxes I say to myself ”What would Andy do?” Another Wow piece of art and craft.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 05-06-2017 10:38 AM

as usual another stunning box..great job!!!!!!!!

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