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Project by Andy posted 10-09-2021 07:13 PM 1040 views 6 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for a friend that is moving away.
I just had time to grab some quick pictures and the colors are very bland in comparison to the actual wood tones.

The panels are Ziricote, which at times can yield wonderful scenes, similar to cutting open agates. Like many figured woods, care must be taken when cutting and shaping or the “scene” you like can be lost. It’s a pretty hard wood, a little chippy and brittle at times, and sands slowly. Still, it’s one of my favorites.

The body is Jatoba, also called Brazilian Cherry, commonly used in flooring. Its very hard and heavy, but sands very easy! It’s a great wood to work with. It’s similar in appearance to mahogany, at least the boards I have…but much heavier! It stains up pretty nice and finishes well.

The handle is Black Palm.

The base is Wenge feet with Padauk rails.

Divider and tray are Maple and Padauk.

Spray lacquer finish.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 10-09-2021 07:28 PM

wow andy,spectacular.their are boxes and then their are works of art.this is one.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 10-09-2021 07:32 PM

Very nice Andy. One day when we have more time I would love to learn how to build such beautiful boxes and other wood works of art.

-- Paul Allen

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#3 posted 10-09-2021 07:43 PM

100% on the zircote!
I really like the scenes that can be “found” in that wood, you have the scene nicely framed.

The color combo is quite striking, the maple really is a surprise when the box is open.

Is that “spring” inside just to keep the tray forward or is it an actual divider?

Shaping work is well balanced, even the inset with the rounded corners blends 8^)


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#4 posted 10-09-2021 07:49 PM

Still going strong i see! I just have to commend you on that alone. All of your pieces are very innovative and very inspiring, haven’t been on here in a while myself but i still get some info from time to time. I always look forward to one of your boxes you’ve come along way keep up the great work as always THANKS FOR SHARING.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 10-09-2021 08:02 PM

Beautiful Craftsmanship, great choice of woods and the grain for the top just add to the beauty. A wonderful finish too.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 10-09-2021 08:46 PM

Wow-what a wonderful gift, your box designs, and builds are always excellent.


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#7 posted 10-09-2021 09:53 PM

Another beauty!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 10-09-2021 10:03 PM

I have made some decent boxes in my time (I am told) but you are in a “Whole ‘nother” class. Wow!

-- Ken, Chestermere

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#9 posted 10-09-2021 10:03 PM

Thank you all, very kind of you!
@Paul- you will for sure :)
@Splinter- Good eye! Yes, that piece of bent Padauk acts as a divider, but also acts as a spring to hold the divider in place. I like to make the dividers removable.

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

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#10 posted 10-09-2021 10:13 PM

Andy, your boxes always amaze and show your craftsmanship, but I feel like you gave the wood a voice in this one. The inset medalions are spectacular and the overall effect is harmonious and striking. The top piece puts me in mind of desert dunes.

-- jbschutz

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#11 posted 10-09-2021 10:40 PM

Thank you potts, jbschultz, Ike, Ken, Steve, Jim Eric !!

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

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#12 posted 10-09-2021 10:50 PM

Beaut job Andy...

With all the great boxes built by members here at LJ, it’s hard to come up with an inspiring design… but, you’ve nailed it... unfortunately splined it doesn’t sound as impressive.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 10-10-2021 12:50 AM

Great looking box with a great finish…all in all wonderful

-- Ron

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#14 posted 10-10-2021 12:51 AM

Another beautiful box Andy! I love the Ziricote I don’t know anything about this material but the proof is all over this box. Also I have to mention the interior design and attention to the details. Great job.

-- AJ

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#15 posted 10-10-2021 12:55 AM

Wow! That actually looks like a scene from a picture! It’s beautiful!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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