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Project by Andy posted 06-17-2017 03:06 PM 3261 views 16 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another ArtBox.
This one started out with 3/4” Walnut lumber x 36” long which I cut to width (3.25”) and then cut a recess for the Myrtlewood panel that wraps around the middle (about 3/8” deep x 2” wide). After that dried, I cut a kerf for the 1/4” ply bottom and then mitered the pieces. I assembled the box and let it dry overnight. Next I added corner splines and one mosaic tube at the front corners. The recess for the handle was done free hand. The tricky part is shaping the handle to match. I prefer to have my handles nestle into the body even though it adds a lot more work.

The lid is another one of those times where I take a perfectly good piece of wood and decide it needs some dressing up…which creates several hours of work deciding what to do and how to do it. After several attempts I came up with this pattern. I sliced a walnut blank into several pieces, inserted three thin slices of crotch walnut and bordered it with Paduak strips, (Wenge strips run along the edges) and glued all 16 pieces back together. Very tedious making sure to get a tight glue up and not get a twist in it.

Then I temporarily fitted the lid and started shaping. I use a combo of angle grinder with a 36-50 grit disc, and to create the sculpting around the handle I used a Foredom with a ball burr bit… and then onto random orbit sanders…and finally lots of hand sanding. Then I started playing around with ideas for a divider of some sort… it’s really more to have something to look at when you open the lid than to be functional.

To fit the lid I just keep hand sanding the perimeter just so it swings without rubbing. Then I roll the edges of the box and the lid where they meet. I call this transitioning…I aim for a fluid effect…I don’t always get what I want though :-) Then I finish the lid and interior before installing the brass hinge pins…then finish the outside.

Body- Black Walnut
Inset panels on body- Figured Myrtlewood
Lid panel/triptych- Crotch Walnut and Paduak
Divider- Walnut and Maple on Black Walnut
Lacquer semi-gloss

Thanks for looking.

FYI: If you want to know more of my process you can probably still find my tutorials on LJ somewhere.

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

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#1 posted 06-17-2017 03:35 PM

Unbelievable!!! Absolutely astounding what you can do with these boxes. The contours….the wood/grain selection, the inlays. Just remarkable man and I am extremely envious of your skills.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 06-17-2017 03:55 PM

Looks like TonyInPA above said it all. This is one amazing work of craftsmanship! Andy you continue to amaze me and most likely everyone else that views your work. So beautiful!

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

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#3 posted 06-17-2017 03:59 PM

This box is made of awesome wood and displays a lot of wonderful details and craftsmanship. The whole box is a work of art and is a magnificent eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 06-17-2017 04:56 PM

Unbelievable!!! Absolutely astounding what you can do with these boxes. The contours….the wood/grain selection, the inlays. Just remarkable man and I am extremely envious of your skills.

- TonyInPA

Have to agree completely—JUST FANTASTIC!

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

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#5 posted 06-17-2017 05:11 PM

Beautifully done! Not only is the wood very striking but you have enhanced the look with your skill and creativity.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 06-17-2017 05:43 PM


Thanks for the detailed write up of the process and intricacies of the work. Yep if I go to your blog the tutorials are there. I hope each and every piece you’ve made finds appreciation in the eye of the buyer. LOL! When I need visual inspiration on creating off the form I check out your projects. Thanks for the dimensions as it gives perspective on the size of the work.

You have shared your inspirations as well from time to time which is also helpful as some makers cannot do this.

I believe your work belongs in the Smithsonian as an example of art vs. craft.
Thanks for tripping my trigger! AGAIN!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 06-17-2017 06:21 PM

Leaves me stunned! Beautiful!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#8 posted 06-17-2017 07:04 PM

Sure do nice work, beautiful combinations and wood !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 06-17-2017 07:10 PM

WOW! What awesome work. I know it keeps being said, but this is one of your​ most beautiful boxes yet! Really!!! One day in the future this Bro hope for a lesson or two or…...
Andy, from little sis, ooooh yummy, I have always loved myrtle wood. It’s so pretty how you make all those woods harmonize and yet, have counter accents to add zesty spice to the recipe​! Love it!, Kathy PS, can madrone be worked with, just curious?

-- Paul Allen

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#10 posted 06-17-2017 07:20 PM

Thank you for your kind words….. everyone☺
@Kathy, yes, Madrone is very nice to work with. It cuts more like a dense plastic than wood. I have a couple of boxes on here that feature it. Yes…i would be glad to give lessons someday.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 06-17-2017 07:29 PM

Andy, it’s always a pleasure looking at your creations…
... you seem to get better & BETTER after each one!

Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful work with us!

Take care…

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

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#12 posted 06-17-2017 09:25 PM

Beautiful Box, love the wood grain, dido ,its all been said.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 06-17-2017 09:38 PM

man, that is some creation Andy, I can only sit & admire your skills

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 06-17-2017 10:54 PM

Another truly amazing box Andy…it’s gorgeous! You are an extremely talented artist. Thanks for sharing you work!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#15 posted 06-17-2017 11:58 PM

Another work of art among all of your other works of art! I really like the wood combo you used—and especially that figured wood!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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