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Project by Andy posted 11-14-2010 06:01 PM 13761 views 96 times favorited 81 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest box on the DuneScape theme, using walnut and figured myrtlewood. I am running very low on this fantastic myrtlewood, and the pieces are small, so I sandwiched the top like this.
The handle is spalted big leaf maple, right next to a knot, hence the wild grain.
The splines are maple and the lower ones are fatter, using laminated maple/bloodwood/wenge.The divider is thin strips of maple that are flexed into position and any or all can be removed as needed.
The bottom is lined with black velvet.

The Deft brand spray lacquer is very forgiving as finishes go.
Just spray on a very wet coat, let dry about 30-60 minutes in a warm, but not hot area, and sand almost all of it off with 320. The white powder shows up any wayward scratches, which I address, then respray. I look this 2nd coat over very closely for any additional scratches or blemishes, then resand with 320 so the entire surface is evenly dull, then I blow off and wipe down, respray, let dry about 30 minutes between coats, about 3-4. If I get too much orange peel, I resand until its very smooth and give it a fully wet, but not too heavy of a coat which is a touchy thing for me to get right, and be sure its not too warm, about 70-75 degrees.
The finish is difficult for me, but I just stay after it until I feel its acceptable, its never perfect to me, its just a compromise. I am always amazed at how others projects look so good. their finish is flawless, mine isnt, but most people dont notice as long as there isnt runs, trapped bugs or nose hairs and it feels smooth.

I always take a piece of clean printer paper, wad it up until it evenly wrinkled, then fold into a pad of some sort and rub down the entire box. This removes the “nubs” that the finish always has and makes it shiny and silky smooth. Make sure the finish is very dry and there are no sharp folded corners because you can scratch the finish. Brown paper sacks work as well and so does heavy paper towel. Just avoid anything with inks, they may transfer.
Leave the lid open for a day or two to let the smell dissipate.

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

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#1 posted 11-14-2010 06:03 PM

Here is a link to my tutorial on these boxes.

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

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#2 posted 11-14-2010 06:10 PM

Andy, that is a nice box.
Must have taken hours to get that great finish.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 11-14-2010 06:13 PM

this is my new fave on LJ.Beautiful!!!! It seems we are neighbors.I live in Camas Valley.

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#5 posted 11-14-2010 06:14 PM


Absolutely Gorgeous !!! I really love this style that you make. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 11-14-2010 06:20 PM

Love it, your boxes show wonderful movement and design , Great woods too, fantastic work Andy.


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#7 posted 11-14-2010 06:30 PM

I’ve sort of been a fly on the wall since I joined here 100 days ago and never posted…. guess I’ve been waiting for that one project that “knocked my socks off”. Well… I’m here to tell you I’m running around barefoot right now….. BUEATIFUL, GORGEOUS, ..... any and all superlatives are not enough. On a scale of 1 to 10 Andy you’ve got an 11!!!!!

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#8 posted 11-14-2010 06:33 PM

Another wonderful piece. Outstanding work!

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#9 posted 11-14-2010 06:35 PM

I knew instantly, before I read who posted this, that it was an ORIGINAL Andy box.

As always its absolutely stunning. That Myrtlewood is fantastic. I LOVE the interior too. Thanks for the eye candy!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 11-14-2010 06:38 PM

Andy, thats a h… of a beautiful box!
You have made a fantastic job there.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 11-14-2010 06:42 PM

Exquisite detail and design. Beautifully done as always. Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 11-14-2010 06:47 PM

andy, that’s a nice piece. i’ll be take a crack at it sometime1!



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#13 posted 11-14-2010 06:53 PM

glad you got over all that candy
you ate from the last one

this is gorgeous !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 11-14-2010 07:02 PM

piece of work – wonderful shape too. I’m practicing these – thanks. Got 3 on the bench now. I always seem to grind away too much and can’t get the waves to look natural – thye just look sloppy with no transition between them.

Thanks for the inspiration

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#15 posted 11-14-2010 07:07 PM

Beautiful box Andy, the ‘sandwiched’ wood colors you used to extend your myrtlewood supply add a very nice contrast to the top.

-- Paul Allen

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