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Project by Andy posted 12-21-2010 05:03 PM 8718 views 64 times favorited 72 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another box with subtle shaping trying to convey a sense of calm. I love how the surf shapes the sand at the edge of the beach and was hoping to express that in the top. I gently shaped the body to invite touching but not distract from the top.
The body is wenge and the top is Oregon big leaf maple.

The handle is cocobolo rosewood with ‘dowels’ made from square brass tube with a brass tube and a copper tube of descending sizes inserted and then filled with epoxy. I will be doing something like this again soon.

The thin maple corner splines are an illusion, the kerfs are too narrow to be cut on a standard table saw but I wanted them and set about figuring out how…?. So I ripped thin strips of maple and laminated them with wenge, making a sandwich about 7/16 thick. The splines are wenge/maple/wenge/maple/wenge/maple/wenge. Then I cut a kerf about 3/8 wide and milled the lamination to fit. A little tricky, as you can see that the grain of the wenge doesnt match the body perfectly, but looks very good from a little distance, in fact no one seems to notice at all. I will be trying other ways to do this in the future.

The roundels are something I came up with when making the EYE CANDY box and was waiting for the right time to use it. Its simply a 5/8 maple plug bored in 3/4 deep, enough to enter the end grain of the side, so it can also be a functional joint strengthener.Then I bored a 1/2 hole and inserted a wenge plug with the grain running opposite the wenge body to draw attention to it. The shaping smears the edges of the plugs in a few places making them look out of round, something to keep in mind if you want perfect circles.

The simple divider can be removed, it just slips together and wedges against the body. The center is made from offcuts, little wedge shapes, and glued up and then kerfed on the bottom to allow 1/8 slats to slip in and they are just a tad too long, so they are sprung into place giving them a sweeping flair and that also holds it all together. Pretty easy really.The center is bored an inch wide and is lined with velvet to cushion a ring. This idea was suggested by Jack, aka mtnwild at in a comment on my Southwest box. Thanks for the idea Jack!

The hinges are brass pins about 2’’ long.
The finish is Deft spray lacquer from a can and I have a simple way to get a smooth finish if anyone is interested and actually reads any of this blah, blah.
Black velvet lines the bottom.

You will notice that the panel is set into the top with squared off corners. This is similar to the one I did in the box called Storm shown below.

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This has some advantages and disadvantages over the typical medallion I do. Usually I route out a recess to accept the medallion. The medallion is cut into a rectangle and the four corners are rounded to fit the corners in the recess. This requires a jig, and a square cornered medallion does not. The one shown here is made by by making a logical series of cuts on the table saw and then sliced on the band saw, the idea was born from years of making bandsaw boxes. This lid is quicker to make than the inlaid panel style I did for Storm but requires very smooth and straight cuts so no glue line shows on any of the six seams. Also the glue up is critical for the same reason. I get little satisfaction doing the same thing over and over, so I am always mixing it up.
Thanks for looking and any comments you post,

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

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 05:11 PM

Wow ! Another beautiful box Andy…You always keep the great pieces coming one after another. The wood combinations are excellent and the design of the sculpting flows nicely.
I like the lacquer finish and would be interested in hearing how you have a simple way to get a smooth finish.I sand between coats with 1000 grit paper and then buff with briwax. What method do you use?
Thanks for all the great info!

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 05:12 PM

Wow, is your middle name “ArtBox”? It should be. LOL

Great job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 05:14 PM

Andy I am impresses with this box as with everyone you make, someday I may try to make an Andy box. I for one would like to hear about you way of finishing the box with Deft spray lacquer

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 05:16 PM

I have run out of superlatives. Simply gorgeous Andy.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 05:20 PM

Great work Andy! You’re a true artist. I’d love to hear about your lacquer finishing technique as well.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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Ed Pirnik

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 05:21 PM

Such a beautiful, graceful technique. Well done.


-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 05:22 PM

You’re a busy man Andy but the quality never seems to suffer. Another “gallery piece”.
Thanks for showing and inspiring us.

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

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 05:23 PM

Awe-inspiring as always! I really like the subtle but intricate details of this box and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see the sand beneath the water ripples.
Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 05:27 PM

I like how the top is textured while the sides are shaped. It really does draw the eye to the top. The lamiated splines are a neat trick as well. I would love to hear (read) about your finishing methods. Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 12-21-2010 05:30 PM

Another great job Andy! Love the plug/inlay circle on the corners. Always a little something new for us. I’ll add my name to those interested in hearing about your lacquer technique.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#11 posted 12-21-2010 05:31 PM


-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-21-2010 05:43 PM

Thanks everyone! I will post some finishing details in the comments section here and paste a copy in the tutorial…Stay tuned.

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

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#13 posted 12-21-2010 05:45 PM

Absolutely wonderful! Your subtle ornamentation and attention to detail are what really make this piece. You just seem to get better and better. Keep on rolling!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#14 posted 12-21-2010 05:46 PM

As always Andy, a true work of art. Fantastic and beautiful.


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#15 posted 12-21-2010 05:49 PM

Andy Andy Andy – your works are so incredible – if I said that last time, I really mean it again!


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