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Project by Andy posted 05-17-2010 04:50 PM 5476 views 9 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a work in progress, not this box but the concept.
This is a new design I have been playing with for some time and have yet to get it right. I wanted to post this to let everyone know that I am still alive, thanks to everyone who has asked about me of late :-)

My inspiration for this was the beach with drifting sand and sea stacks. We have a few beaches that have these giant rocks close to shore on the Oregon coast, like Bandon and Cannon Beach.
I simply made a box out of Bubinga and overlayed it with 1/4’’ thick spalted maple.then inserted some pieces of Cocobolo, then ground away the surface leaving the background. I was hoping to better express drifting sand but this is what I have so far.
The handle is the lip of one of the rocks. I dont have the interior finished, so no pictures.
The finish is lacquer.

Let me know what you think!
I believe this idea of layering and grinding away the top has merit for others to use in their designs.
I would really like to see what some of you can do with this so I can copy your work,haha.
Thanks for looking,

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

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#1 posted 05-17-2010 04:56 PM

You asked for opinions… everything is perfect to my eye except the squares. Now if they were stylized sand dollars, it would all come clear! Beautiful box anyway.


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#2 posted 05-17-2010 04:59 PM

I think you are on to something here! This one looks really nice!

I bet the shaping is tricky – it seems like the outline would change rapidly as you removed material.

It is a matter of choice, but for me, the rectangular shapes of the Cocobolo look a little out of place. Maybe if they were a third layer.

Another thought is to maybe break through into the background material in places other than the border …

Looking forward to seeing what you do next along this line!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 05-17-2010 05:15 PM

I agree with barbs and sras. The box looks great but the cocobolo doesn’t seem to fit the rest. Maybe if they were a different shape that followed the contour of the box and not straight lines, they would blend a little better. I love the way the maple seems to be coming out of the Bubinga. I think you are on to something amazing. Just like the rest of your boxes. Look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#4 posted 05-17-2010 05:17 PM

i love this and the idea is wonderful, you have captured the sand , im not to sure on the cocobolo , but so far the concept is really will be interesting to see if maybe something else comes to you on the rocks…i think to me there just square blocks..but that would be hard to duplicate , a rock..ahhh a challenge though..if anyone can do it though its you andy…but you have further inspired me…and someday down the road i might have the courage to post something , that you inspired me on…that will be a shaking in my boots …....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 05-17-2010 05:34 PM

it looks great … i do like the inlayed pieces. I’m always waiting to see more.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 05-17-2010 05:35 PM

You are on to something. The layering affect with your grinding technique could lead to a multitude of creations.
I’m to busy with a kitchen remodel to try anything, but one idea I thought of would be to laminate several different species together and then grind away in a “sand dune” theme to reveal the layers for doors or drawer fronts. Could be interesting if one used dyed woods too.
Awesome stuff Andy.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 05:59 PM

For me, the rectangles detract from the otherwise smooth flow of the piece. But I think it’s a brilliant concept, Andy. You’ve got me kind of excited about experimenting with this as well.

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

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 06:03 PM

I love the wood showing through the wood.

-- Kate,

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#9 posted 05-17-2010 06:05 PM

You are hands down the box KING!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 05-17-2010 06:52 PM

interesting concept, The squares are not very organic looking but I like the rest of it….

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 05-17-2010 08:12 PM

Another outstanding design Andy. The effect is excellent and adds a very unique dimension. I do agree with the cocobolo squares looking out of place, however… You always seem to amaze all of us, I know you definitely have got me started on box making and design.

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#12 posted 05-17-2010 09:20 PM

It looks pretty slick, Andy. One thing I might try is use less-contrasting woods for the box, like maybe a white wood (maple?) next to a tan wood (ash?). That way it would look like layers of sand getting deeper as you carve into it. You could even try making a 3-or-more ply laminate with a gradient of wood colors to really show the effect.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 05-17-2010 09:21 PM

I agree with the squares. I would suggest inserting dowels at an angle, giving the effect of ellipses. Something like sand dollars or well-rounded skipping stones.

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#14 posted 05-17-2010 09:26 PM

Andy it looks awsome. One day i wiill atempt to make a box like yours. Fantastic work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#15 posted 05-17-2010 10:26 PM

I love the box. I don’t think I get the squares, but it is an art thing and sometimes that is too deep for me. I love the effect of the fading sand, really cool.

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