Andy-Style Box #2, with Silver Medallion

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Project by bobasaurus posted 07-08-2010 10:56 PM 11917 views 19 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my second attempt at an Andy-style art box as a gift for my cousin’s wedding (made following the fine tutorials here ). My father made the silver repousse medallion with their initials, which we epoxied into a large forstner-made hole after the finish was dry. Since I now own a router table, I was able to make the nice rounded recess for the lid (unlike my last box). The box is made of soft spalted maple and walnut from the local sawmill, with some scrap padauk for splines. Boy was the maple soft… I had no idea until I started working it. I had to put on an early coat of poly just to glue all the wood fibers together enough to sand smoother. Didn’t even know it was spalted until I smoothed the rough, chainsaw-hewn board. I tried to make the carving similar to Andy’s “Dunes” box… it’s not quite to the same quality, but I think it turned out nice. The finish is 4 coats of glossy wipe-on poly, rubbed down with 0000 steel wool between coats. I hope my cousin and his soon-to-be wife like the present.

Edit: Here is a closeup picture of my father’s medallion:
Silver Repousse Medallion

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 10:58 PM

That looks like a winner.. mate… very well done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 10:59 PM

Wow that was a fast comment, degoose :) . Within about 30 seconds of posting. Thanks for the compliment… it means a lot coming from such a great craftsman.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 11:08 PM

Very nice, a tribute to Andy.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 11:15 PM

Great Box! I would have liked a better shot of the Medallion, that looks like great work also. Very nice wood choice and I like the way you “carved” it. It looks like these art boxes are getting very popular. I need to make one.

-- RayCurtis

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#5 posted 07-08-2010 11:16 PM

nice looking box. now I’m off to check out the tutorials.
Thanks for posting.

-- Kate,

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 11:16 PM

An excellent, one-of-a-kind piece of workmanship that should wow their socks off when displayed on the gift’s table. Nice personal touch with the silver initial. Something really precious should be stored in this treasure. A soldier’s medals? Love letters? A lock of hair from each of their children? I would definitely include a blurb in the prenup on this one, or engrave your cousin’s name on it somewhere. :-) Sure as hell beats one more set of casserole dishes. Can I invite you to my wedding-if I ever have another one?

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 11:20 PM

Oh, and please, please sign/brand this work with the date. Makes it even more special. I can’t urge people enough to sign their works.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#8 posted 07-08-2010 11:36 PM

Thanks for the comments. Ray: I was also thinking I should have more of the medallion… I’ll take more pics of it tonight and make an update. Gnome: I’ll have to wrap this thing in a box, so unfortunately it’ll not be on display at the wedding. At least it will be a nice surprise for them later on. It is signed on the bottom, both my me and my father, with the date of the wedding written on. I just use sharpie on the bare wood, then coat over with poly… seems to work fine with no streaking (amazingly).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 12:02 AM

That’s some box well done.


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#10 posted 07-09-2010 12:45 AM

Absolutely beautiful!

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

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#11 posted 07-09-2010 01:06 AM

This is outstanding! The shaping flows nicely and your finish is very smooth. That spalted maple is a treat too. The medallion is a nice touch, they will cherish this forever.
Well done!

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

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#12 posted 07-09-2010 01:40 AM

I’m sure they will love it, very nice job..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 07-09-2010 02:01 AM

This will be the one wedding present they will always remember and cherish. Absolutely beautiful!.

-- John @

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#14 posted 07-09-2010 02:44 AM

Very nice box. If Andy himself says it’s outstanding, then it definetly is.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 07-09-2010 02:47 AM

What a great job!!!!

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