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Project by jeffrey7 posted 04-19-2019 02:52 AM 1308 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Andy style art box. This one was made for an old friend of mine. The 3/4 inch divit in the inside of the lid is for a 2019 penny. I like to put in a penny for the year it was made, but this time, it took a while to get ahold of a new penny. The wood is purpleheart and holly, and the inside boxes are maple. The monogrammed lid is held on with rare earth magnets.

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#1 posted 04-19-2019 03:08 AM

Wow jeffrey7, That looks awesome. Beautiful work.


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#2 posted 04-19-2019 12:47 PM

That IS nice !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 04-19-2019 12:52 PM

Wow. Nice work!

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#4 posted 04-19-2019 01:41 PM

Excellent workmanship, looks Great.

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#5 posted 04-19-2019 04:04 PM

WOW! What colours! Magnificant box

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#6 posted 04-19-2019 05:41 PM

Outstanding looking work and it’s a Wow for me too! Very impressive!

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#7 posted 04-19-2019 09:18 PM

What a lovely box. I would really like to see you carving the outside of the boxes you make. Any chance you are on Youtube?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 04-19-2019 10:27 PM

Thanks everyone, I sanded it to 12000 grit with micro mesh, and finished it with waterlox, and buffed with renaissance wax. Hawaiilad, I don’t have any videos carving the outside, but if you look on this site, there is a blog by Andy that taught me how to make this style box. Andy’s tutorial is responsible for a lot of these sculpted boxes.

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#9 posted 04-20-2019 12:36 AM

Yes I have seen the lovely boxes Andy has posted…forgot all about that..thanks

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 04-20-2019 01:03 AM

Very beautiful and unique project!

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#11 posted 04-20-2019 01:07 PM

Jeffrey – beautiful box and i like your idea for the coin. Have you had any issues with wood movement on the top?

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#12 posted 04-21-2019 02:06 PM

Hi Buckeyes85 – Thanks, I have not seen any issues with movement of the lid in the past, and there is a bit more edge gap than I think is needed (I think the combined edges likely have 3/32nds or more gap). I understand holly has quite a bit of seasonal movement, but it would take a lot to bind the top. I could have reversed the grain direction to alleviate that concern, but aesthetics always wins out with me ;-) I think the burnishing and wax may help reduce seasonal moisture absorption as well, Great question, and it made me stop and think a bit deeper about design.

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