Andy's Art Box

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Project by mkrok posted 09-09-2010 01:32 PM 2092 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, I loved the tutorial. Thank you so much Andy. I followed it to the letter as best I could with the tooling I have. The best part of it was I now have a new sanding platform, medallion templates, lid templates, dead on miters now, a new router table in my saw extention, and a great way to secure the workpiece to my bench using strips of melamie. I guess a tutorial is about learning anyway.

I found the pine board wasting it’s life away as a shelf in a closet. It was the perect size. I laid out the sides and lid just like in the tutorial and now I find myself using this technique out of habit for all my boxes. The medallion is my attempt at resawing and bookmatching. A little sloppy but I got it to work. It was too thin when I finished so I had to laminate a piece of 1/4 plywood to it before I glued it in place. This gave me the thickness but I went a bit crazy with the sanding at the edge. Now I have a plywood ‘accent” in the lid. Keys are walnut and the handle is teak. I used a 3/16 dowel for the hinge pin.

Finish is about 7 coats of spray laquer buffed with finishing wax. Inside has adhesive backed felt. No dividers.

He is right, you can get carried away with the shaping, the back is paper thin. I also got sloppy fitting the lid as you can see.

It was going to go on my desk at work but when I brought it home to finish my wife fell in love with it. First thing she said was, “Wow, thats a beautiful box. Its like art, not the stuff you normally make.” It is now in my bedroomprotecting her cell phone and keys.

It not as nice as the master’s but I had lots of fun with this. Thanks again Andy. I have some nicer wood I’m going to experiment with next after.

Thanks for reading this.


-- Michael, South Florida,

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 02:04 PM

Nice box, for a first box I’d give it an A+. I don’t see anything wrong with it. See, that’s the thing with us, we’re harder on ourselves and more critical than anyone else would ever be. Listen to your wife. She’s right, it is beautiful. Yea, you can thank Andy, but you made it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 03:04 PM

Very cool!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 03:36 PM

I love it! Great work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 04:17 PM

Very nice..It is easy to get bitten by the box making bug. Andy did a great job on his torutial and has influenced many boxmakers.

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 06:59 PM

This is very well done! I like how you fitted the handle, thats one of the hardest parts but really shows ones skill. I see the oops, but I am glad you didnt throw it in the stove, its good to have as a reminder, and your wife is happy, thats important. My wife has several of my first boxes that remind me of my mistakes, how far I have come and how far I still want to go.
The medallion looks great too, nice contrast.
I look forward to seeing your next one,

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

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 09:54 PM

Great job, wish mine would have come out that well.

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#7 posted 09-12-2010 04:26 AM

Thanks, Michael. Well done. What blade did you use to cut the slot for the kerfs?

Thanks again;

Belton, Mo

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#8 posted 09-12-2010 04:28 AM

Thanks, Michael. Well done. What blade did you use to cut the slot for the kerfs?

Thanks again;

Belton, Mo

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 12:48 AM

Thanks for all the support. I will be making some more. I have orders already; too bad none of them are paying customers.

Charlie49 – I need to check but I think it is an old Skill or Black and Decker 40 tooth combination blade. I had it kicking around for years and finally got the carbide sharpened. Messing around with it one day and discovered that it cut beautiful flat bottom kerfs. Now it is dedicated to only cuting iter keys. Should last a lifetime at that pace.

Special thanks to Andy for the inspiration.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#10 posted 09-15-2010 09:53 PM

I also think this is well done and if you have Andy’s seal of approval, well, there you have it! Courageous to be sure! Very nice indeed.


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#11 posted 01-21-2011 04:37 PM

Nice job, I think this site is great for all of us to learn and share, your box is proof of that, well done, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 01-21-2011 04:40 PM

great work, I have to try my hand at one of these boxes.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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