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Project by Andy posted 11-19-2010 04:45 PM 6646 views 26 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest box in the Deco style is Spalted Western Maple. I angle cut the sides about 5 degrees, which shortens the corner splines as you go up…a nice effect I think. I Simply inset the top without routing the recess. This is easier of course, but also adds a more formal look with harder lines, the opposite of the sculpted/organic flow of many of my other boxes.
I cut the front detail on the bandsaw after adding the Wenge inlays.
The splines are purpleheart.
The handle is figured walnut.
The top stripes are walnut, maple, and purpleheart..
The hinges are 2’’ brass rod.
The divider is maple with a spalted maple center.
The bottom is covered with suede cloth.
The finish is Deft lacquer, semi-gloss.

Note: This type of lid, one that insets down into the body, and maintains squared corners, is fairly common. Its much easier to make than the routed recess style shown in my tutorial. This is a nice look and a great way to get started using pins for hinges. Also, no router is needed at all for this box if you use an alternate way to attach the handle. Just make sure your box is square when you glue it up!

For a comparison, take alook at WindSwept, it features a routed recessed lid.Click for details

Thanks for looking,

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

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#1 posted 11-19-2010 04:50 PM

Another nice box Andy. The spalted maple gives it a rustic look.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#2 posted 11-19-2010 04:52 PM

Graet job, very nice looking details , thanks for posting

-- In His service ,Richard

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#3 posted 11-19-2010 04:58 PM

another great box, Andy. wonderful finish as well. Love the woods.

-- dave : vermont

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#4 posted 11-19-2010 05:01 PM

Amazing, Andy do you spray on the Deft or do you brush it on?

-- Joe Cool

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#5 posted 11-19-2010 05:07 PM

Just when I thought your boxes couldn’t get any more creative and beautiful…..

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

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#6 posted 11-19-2010 05:20 PM

Very nice Andy..As always, you do outstanding work.

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#7 posted 11-19-2010 05:22 PM

Nice Box !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#8 posted 11-19-2010 05:23 PM

Very, very nice! I love the angled sides and the detail in the front. The Spalted Maple gives it a rustic elegance and the Walnut handle certainly adds to that elegance. I really like the dividers and the finish looks perfect as always. A very nice twist on the Art Box. Fantastic work once again Andy!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#9 posted 11-19-2010 05:26 PM

Very nice, I like the angled sides. You have a great eye for design.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#10 posted 11-19-2010 05:32 PM

Beautiful box Andy. Really like the look of this one. Of course I like all of your work.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 11-19-2010 05:32 PM

Always top notch, from design to finish. You are my favorite box guy ever!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#12 posted 11-19-2010 05:41 PM

Great creativity / skill combination. I love your boxes.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 11-19-2010 05:41 PM

Still setting the standard. Very beautiful! You know, a little bigger and that center spalted divider inside, could be a ring holder. What I thought it was at first. It looks really good.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 11-19-2010 06:32 PM

Thanks everyone for taking time to write all these nice comments.
Its just a can of spray lacquer.
Douglas, thanks for the vote!
@Brad, thanks, the divider is quite simple to make if you want to copy. Cut a square or rectangled cube (1”), a little taller than the slats (3/4”), shape or just ease the edges of the crown of the cube being careful not to profile the flat sides down into where the slats attach. I then tape one slat in place and get the length I want, then on to the next and so on. If you cut the slats short side to side this will allow the divider to slide back and forth like the one I put in the Eye Candy box. I then sand the edges and ends and attach with super glue.
@Gbear, the angled sides give it a formal look dont you think? Its a nice contrast to the informal look of the wild grain.
@Jack, thats a good idea, might have to try that one out.

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

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#15 posted 11-19-2010 06:45 PM

Another beautiful box Andy, love the wood grain and angled splines. I also like how the front bulges out with the handle. The three front buttons are cool too, Hmmm, what if they were part of a combination lock to get into the box?

-- Paul Allen

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