Glacier Bay - Collectors Box

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Project by Andy posted 03-17-2019 02:41 PM 2375 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was designed to hold a collection of pocket knives or other items..the dividers are easily removed.

My thoughts.
The butt joint construction is pretty straight forward, but assembly can be a pain. It’s easy to end up with a twisted, or out of square box. I find it much easier to assemble a miter cornered box.
Style-obviously this style is quite a departure from my ArtBoxes, but there are some advantages.
1- it works much better for storage, and the access is better too.
2- I get away from using std hinges, they have their place, and I do use them, but I don’t much care for them.
3- It allows for a simple handle, the lid overlaps the body just enough to fit a finger underneath, and it can run the entire length or just in a spot or two.
4- It also means I can use a live edge board for the lid. This gives me the opportunity to combine crisp edges with natural ones…... and hopefully the contrast works.
5- This design is simpler, meaning its a little easier to make and requires much less sanding than the shaped boxes….as many of you know!
6- It appeals to those who prefer a more handmade look. Of course it is totally subjective as to what a person likes or dislikes, what they might use it for, etc…
7- I lose interest in making the same thing over and over, it just starts feeling like a job and my creative glands just dry up and the end least to me…looks flat. So that’s why I switch gears regularly and make other things.
8- Combing woods is risky! It is much easier to use the same wood for everything and that’s perfectly fine. But two or more types of wood or materials and not having it look like “lipstick on a pig” isn’t easy. I like the effect and spend a great deal of time playing around with ideas until something clicks. Often the idea I started with just didn’t work, sometimes its the color or grain. As a rule of thumb, I find that a fairly simple wood for the body works best with a wild piece of wood for the lid. But as you can see for my previous boxes, that’s not always the case. My combinations don’t always work, nor do they appeal to everyone…I don’t really care whether they do or not, I am not offended, its just that I am doing it for me.

The body is some from a piece of wild looking Myrtlewood
The lid is from the stump of a Western-Big Leaf Maple
The dividers are Walnut
The pins are Wenge
The lining is Buffalo hide
The finish is spray lacquer, Deft semi-gloss

Let me know what you like or don’t, thanks for looking.

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

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Tom Regnier

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#1 posted 03-17-2019 02:52 PM

Wow Andy!! Count me in as a like…sometimes departing from standards opens up so many more possibilities and this box is stunning.
Really enjoy your work.

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#2 posted 03-17-2019 03:01 PM

Your boxes are always creative, interesting and original Andy and it would be hard to not like this one. That said, the only person to really worry about liking it is the one who will be using it. Great work as always!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-17-2019 03:05 PM

Another winner….
Oh… to have access to the Myrtle wood you use
It’s spectacular..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 03-17-2019 03:17 PM

Another great box Andy…I think you definitely made this work. Plus as an added bonus you can play Rorschach testing on the inside of that lid!! What do you see…a skier, a horse or Elaine Benis dancing!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 03-17-2019 03:41 PM

Beautiful piece, Andy, and I appreciate your run-down on your choices.

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

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#6 posted 03-17-2019 04:41 PM

Nice Andy. Great shift from the art boxes. I certainly understand about getting bored with repetition. Your creativity will lead to lots more styles and lots more superb pieces I am sure.
For now, this one is just right.

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

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#7 posted 03-17-2019 04:53 PM

Fantastic! Love it.

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#8 posted 03-17-2019 05:33 PM

To have such rough looking wood, made to behave like you have done here is art.

Nice box, thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 03-17-2019 05:59 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 03-17-2019 07:22 PM

Beautiful box, Andy! It’s nice to see that your still making saw dust.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 03-17-2019 11:26 PM

A Beautiful box, the colors of the wood blend well together and the style compliments the choice of materials. In my opinion this box is a rousing success. The fans of rigid neoclassicism and streamlined modernism might not be impressed but you can’t please everyone.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#12 posted 03-17-2019 11:53 PM

Glacial job Andy. Very cool artic le.

-- Paul Allen

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#13 posted 03-18-2019 01:46 AM

I’m happy to see another box of yours. And I appreciate everything you wrote. And as always, you find the most beautiful pieces of wood to work with and combine. I think both this design and your carved boxes are beautiful and have learned so much from you. Both construction methods appeal to different people, that’s what makes the world go-round. Gorgeous work, as always. And look forward to your next work of art!
ps- I’m with you on the hinges. I prefer the pin hinge and think the nice hinges are nice, yes, expensive if you want to do them right and a pain in the rear to get them right by hand! :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#14 posted 03-18-2019 03:17 AM

Great looking box. It seems to be a little of new Andy and old Andy combined. Is that real buffalo hide ?

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 03-18-2019 03:32 AM

The wood for the top is something else. Great.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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