1st "Art Box" - Thanks Andy!

  • Advertise with us
Project by JasonWagner posted 12-10-2010 11:11 PM 3954 views 15 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to make one of Andy’s art boxes for quite some time. I made an excuse to buy some nice wood for Christmas. This box is for my wife. It’s goncolo alves (aka tiger wood) for the body and bloodwood for the lid. The board I got was about 1/8” too narrow to make the lid out of one piece and insert a medallion so I had to improvise and continue the bloodwood across the whole lid. This has yet to be finished with a velvet bottom insert. I had a lot of fun making this and learned quite a few things along the way. I’m currently making another version out of lacewood with taller feet to give it a lighter feel.

A flat grind saw blade would make the splines much easier (I have a few that aren’t totally tight)

I used finish nails that were “almost” the diameter of the hinge pins. When I actually used the hinge pins with no slop I had a rubbing issue on the back of the lid. Now my very tight line around the lid has a slight gap at the back.

Sanding away my nice square box was difficult at first, but after this box I’m more confident and have some ideas for the next one.

My first time using spray lacquer. It’s great how fast it dries and how tough it is. I did have trouble getting it to smooth out totally at about 60-65 degrees in my basement.

Thank you very much Andy for the detailed tutorial and for answering a question for me. I’m excited to make another box!!!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

20 comments so far

View zackattack's profile


12 posts in 3806 days

#1 posted 12-10-2010 11:19 PM

Wow! Great job, especially for the first time grinding the waves. I love it, nice choice of wood. None of your mentioned flaws are evident in the pics to see so nice job.

-- Strong enemies make stronger friends

View majeagle1's profile


1426 posts in 4410 days

#2 posted 12-10-2010 11:28 PM

Welcome to the world of boxmaking !
You did a fantastic job on this box. Wood combination is beautiful, the lines flow very smoothly and it looks like the craftsmanship is right on! Job well done, I am sure Andy would approve and give you an A+.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

View grizzman's profile


7836 posts in 4217 days

#3 posted 12-10-2010 11:45 PM

ok jason…sure…we know your really andy under a new name…nice try thought… jason , you blew my socks off…what a beauty…you followed andys tutorial to the tee here…mighty fine work…if i could ever do something like that i would be ready to retire and he happy with my achievement..would love to see your wife’s face when she get this one…..excellent work…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View Andy's profile


1713 posts in 4822 days

#4 posted 12-10-2010 11:46 PM

A+ for sure! This is excellent even for a 10th box, but considering its your first of this kind its very impressive. The lid looks great, nice contrast against that lovely goncolo alves. Good flow to your shaping it looks natural and seems to be moving, thats a nice touch. And, your photos bring out the subtle details with realistic color. Overall you have created a wonderful box :-)
Bet you cant make just one,haha

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

View ghazard's profile


382 posts in 4423 days

#5 posted 12-10-2010 11:59 PM

I drool when I see these boxes…and I’m drooling as much looking at your box, Jason, as when I’m admiring Andy’s.

Excellent Job! I have a good thick piece of goncalo that I bought as a test piece for a project that didn’t happen. I think it may find its way into the shape of a box…

Well done.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

View shipwright's profile


8618 posts in 3711 days

#6 posted 12-11-2010 12:08 AM

It’s just great to see the results of excellent teaching and focused listening especially when a high level of craftsmanship is present in both teacher and student. This is a box you should both be very proud of. I’m very impressed.

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

View degoose's profile


7279 posts in 4268 days

#7 posted 12-11-2010 12:36 AM

Way cool..and an A+ from Andy…!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

View Monty Queen's profile

Monty Queen

1594 posts in 4165 days

#8 posted 12-11-2010 01:25 AM

Awesome job. Great workmanship, I agree with Andy i love the top. Fantastic work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 4222 days

#9 posted 12-11-2010 02:20 AM

Yup ! I agree that you did a teriffic job on your box. Contagious and best of all…FUN.

View sras's profile


5644 posts in 4043 days

#10 posted 12-11-2010 03:22 AM

Wow – great job! Especially on the shaping – I’m impressed!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View blackcherry's profile


3344 posts in 4737 days

#11 posted 12-11-2010 04:41 AM

Great work on a very famous box a LJ favorite…A+ from the Author should make you stand tall my good man.

View JasonWagner's profile


530 posts in 4093 days

#12 posted 12-11-2010 04:45 AM

Wow guys, thanks for all of the comments. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and even more excited for the next one now that I have a feel for it. I’d like to get a little more daring with the shaping this time around. Maybe not more wavy, but more dramatic. I’m almost afraid I won’t be able to top this one.

Andy – I think you’ve mentioned it before, but just getting good pictures of your projects can make a big difference. Some of these were 4-8 second shots at f8.0 in natural winter light.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

View dorran's profile


140 posts in 4148 days

#13 posted 12-11-2010 06:06 AM

Looks perfect.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

View jockmike2's profile


10635 posts in 5160 days

#14 posted 12-11-2010 04:26 PM


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

View Maveric777's profile


2694 posts in 3990 days

#15 posted 12-11-2010 04:56 PM

Home Run!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

showing 1 through 15 of 20 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics