"Tuxedo" a Palm Box

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Project by Andy posted 12-16-2010 03:34 PM 4851 views 16 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another little box using scraps. It looks so formal, hence the name. The lid was made from a punky piece of zircote that was definitely past the ” Best if used by” date on the label, but I new I would find a way to use some of it in time. I had to rebuild a few areas with CA but its a wonderful, rich looking piece and worth saving.
The body is made from offcuts of maple and its hard to believe that all four body pieces are from differant boards, the grain lines up perfectly on two corners! Very cool effect.
The bottom is cherry.
Deft rattle can spray lacquer in semi-gloss.
Brass pins for hinges.

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

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 03:45 PM

Another winner Andy! I like how the texture shows up on the underside of the lid when it is opened. Kind of nice surprise. Is that cherry on the bottom?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 03:48 PM

beautiful andy…dont know whats wrong with the pictures though , i can only look at the main one…when i zoom it showes just the one without the option of looking at the others….but this one would be perfect for a gentleman…ill be doing a bunch of these once i get enough heat for the shop…thanks…

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

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 03:50 PM

As soon as I seen the name of this piece and took a look at it the ZZ Top song “Sharp Dressed Man” popped into my head…lol

No doubt this is a “Sharp Dressed Box” .... Have I mentioned how much I love these palm boxes?

Good stuff Andy and thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 04:06 PM

Thanks guys, glad you like this one too.
@Steve- yes sir thats cherry, and I added that info to the write up, thanks for the heads up.
@Griz- They display for me ok, perhaps its too cold where you are,ha!
@Dan-Thats a good name too! Save that for your next box :-)

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

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 04:21 PM

Another good looking box.

Maybe I missed it in the blog…..........but how and with what are you finishing that with? Since the lid is attached that has to be a little tricky not to stick the lid together with the box using the finish as glue.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 04:27 PM

Andy: A great looking box. I’ve got about a dozen in some phase of glue up as we speak.

I don’t need them done until New Years.

Thanks for the tutorial.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 05:00 PM

well windows did an upgrade last night, and once i did a system restore, everything worked like it should…i dont know what they do , but every time it messes me up…anyway sorry to distract..again a beautiful box…i bought some brass rod the other day so im set…now if i could get the exotic wood fairy to come by my house, i might be able to show something worth looking at…lol…....and actually and its warmed up over here….54 right now… wont last long..grizz….....once upon a time there was a box fox, this box fox made a whole bunch of box, and when he did there appeared a bunch of more foxes who wanted to make the boxes, so boxes they made and boxes there was, we just make these boxes because, because ..

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

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#8 posted 12-16-2010 05:34 PM

What is the most common way these boxes are used? That’s a neat little box.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 05:37 PM

Andy, your small palm boxes are excellent and a work of art. You have given a whole new life to those “too small to use” scraps that had previously ended up in the trash or burn pile.

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#10 posted 12-16-2010 05:48 PM

Another very cool box…thanks to you I’ve got several of these (some different designs and sizes) in progress for Christmas gifts, along with several cutting boards (a shout out to Marc S, the Wood Whisperer for his ideas there). This site and guys like you really help those of us who are imaginationally challenged! Thanks!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#11 posted 12-16-2010 06:10 PM

Nice work!!

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#12 posted 12-16-2010 08:14 PM

Andy again and again another awesome box, Just wow. I love your big boxes but for some reason i like the little boxes more. I just love the simplicity of them. Superb craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#13 posted 12-16-2010 09:33 PM

Excellent craftsmanship, very original and unusual, love the colors.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 12-16-2010 09:40 PM


Where’s the tux Tail? :) :)

Nice job as usual…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#15 posted 12-16-2010 09:40 PM

Indeed…all of the above…I have yet to make one but I reckon they will be on my list for sure…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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