Oceans deep... an Andy inspired box

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Project by FLBert posted 06-13-2017 12:41 PM 2083 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started off as my test piece for an Andy box I wanted to build. I knew I needed to test carving, the medallion, hinges, etc so I grabbed some cutoffs of pine and walnut I had and went to work. Once I was comfortable in the process I put this one to the side and used some hardwood I had in mind for the other box. I liked how the build came out on this but I just didn’t want to apply finish to pine… nothing wrong with it, I just didn’t think it’d do it justice. Then I recently worked with dyes for the first time on another project and it came to me how to finish this one. My wife loves the ocean so I mixed up something close to emerald green for a base color, sanded it down heavy on the high spots, leaving the deeper end grain with more color. Then I mixed up a darker blue and applied it over the box- twice. Once I was happy with the way it was looking I sprayed it with some pre-cat lacquer, put some felt in the bottom, and glued the hinges/top on. I was pretty happy with the way it came out and my loved it… win-win!!

PS. Thanks Andy for sharing all your great pieces for us to gain inspiration from.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#1 posted 06-13-2017 12:50 PM

Very beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 02:02 PM

Correct, very beautiful! I love the color.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 03:31 PM

This is an outstanding box and I love the blue color. It really does put to mind the waves in the deep. It displays a lot of great details and fine craftsmanship. Beautiful work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 06-13-2017 05:48 PM

Very nice. I also admire Andy’s boxes.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 07:31 PM

That turned out very nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 08:50 PM

Great box, the colored dyes are a great mix and the coordinating felt really completes the theme. Thanks for posting.

PS Don’t tell her but this would look great with some pearls inside. LOL

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 09:48 PM

Looks startling!

Keep it hidden from James Cameron as he may try to annex it for another movie.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 06-14-2017 09:26 AM

The blue colour is just astonish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-14-2017 11:59 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

Majuvla- If you’re interested the dyes I used are Keda liquid Dyes. I purchased them on Amazon and I’ve seen some of their videos on Youtube. Mixes well with water, alchohol, etc.


-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#10 posted 01-03-2018 12:32 AM

Hi FL,

Really love your box. I’m in the process of designing a jewelry/valet box for my son and his wife and was going to do it out of musical grade Clarno walnut and myrtlewood and as a top versus recessed lid box. I was going to do a walnut medallion for the lid top and was thinking of doing a wave pattern and putting a curly myrtlewood seagull that I have sitting above the “waves” on a pin. However, your amazing box is now giving me more ideas about carving waves into the box carcase as well!! I typically use 4/4 to 5/4 stock for my boc carcase so would have the width. But while I’ve done about 200 boxes over 30 years and have done scrolled and carved lid medallions of various designs, I’ve never done waves and removing overall stock to make such a pattern and was wondering how you did yours? What tools did you use although the tools may vary as it may be much harder in figured walnut than in pine? Thanks. Bowe

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#11 posted 01-03-2018 01:50 AM

Hey Bowe,

The process is really pretty simple. Once there box is constructed but before any finish I took an angle grinder with a flap disc sandpaper attachment to it. I removed the guard to make access easier. Once the shape it’s where I like I move to the random orbital and run up through the grits. 

As for the difference between pine and Walnut I really didn’t find it and more challenging. This box was my prototype for one out of walnut and tiger maple. Although pine cuts a bit quicker the grinder attachment cuts right through walnut pretty easy too. 

Hope this helps. If you want to see some detail, LJ Andy put together a great tutorial on the process a few years back.


-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#12 posted 01-03-2018 02:01 AM

I want to be THAT Andy! Very very nice Bert. In fact I’d say magifico!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 01-03-2018 04:45 PM

Hi Bert,

Thanks for the response!! As far as that detail under LJ Andy’s tutorial, yes I’d love to see that but don’t know how to access it. Do you have a link??


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#14 posted 01-03-2018 04:54 PM

Bowe. Here’s the link to the first in a series of Andy’s tutorial. It covers his box building technique, wood, hinges, etc. It may be of interest to you just to see what he does but below is the link to where he gets into shaping.

In # 12 he gets into how he does his shaping:


-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#15 posted 01-03-2018 11:41 PM

Hey Bert,

I found LJ Andy’s tutorial, got out my grinder and my rounded flapper disc, and practiced on a piece of the walnut I’m using. It worked like a charm and was able to easily smooth out the grooves with my palm sander. Am excited to now be able to produce a box similar to yours except mine will have a top vs recessed lid.

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