Boxes Gone Wild

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Project by newTim posted 01-21-2011 07:00 AM 4660 views 38 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is an experiment in making a variation of all the great art boxes here on LJs. I wanted to try to use an etching effect by making my own plywood and exposing different colors and textures through carving and sanding. I also wanted to see how the lid would work if it was beveled to seat into the sides. There is a small notch that serves as the pull. It is purple heart, maple, and I forget the other white wood. It is about 8”x13”x5” tall and finished with a few coats of lacquer (satin over gloss) and polished with renaissance wax.

This is my second attempt at a carved box and I’ve found that carving is more difficult than it may seem. I have a lot of respect for Andy and you other LJs who do such a nice job. There is a lot of dust and a lot of sanding, more sanding than I normally have patience for.

Before I try another one of these I’ll build a press and laminate thinner plys with more colors. The lid and sides beveled at 45 degrees actually works well, but next time I’ll probably use Andy’s method.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 07:07 AM

Hi Tim,

Very nice job on the box. I remember seeing it when it was just being roughed out.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 07:13 AM

so nice , great job on box

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 07:24 AM

very cool box!! It seems like there is no end to this style of box (saying that in a good way). Everyone time I get on theres even a cooler design than before! Great job – the colors are great, and the form is awesome!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 07:25 AM

It’s quite a different box.
I can only guess the number of hours you put in that.
I think making the ply was a great idea; it gives an inlay effect when you shapped it.

Outstanding job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 07:43 AM

Last week I’ve been thinking about making some boxes. This is the way to go! Something completely different. Thanks for the great idea!!!



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#6 posted 01-21-2011 07:46 AM

Bet that purple heart cost a lot! definitely different! going dark to light Instead of light to dark I see Inn carvings. have you seen some of the custom knife scales with multicolor layers of wood? looks cool! when carved.

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 07:56 AM

I like the creativity. This one’s very good and I have a feeling the next will be even better.

-- 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 01-21-2011 08:12 AM

Wow! Now that is wild!


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#9 posted 01-21-2011 08:15 AM

This is one of the coolest boxes I have seen! Thanks for showing it.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#10 posted 01-21-2011 08:16 AM

Very nice, That’s awesome.

-- Have a great day.

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#11 posted 01-21-2011 08:20 AM

crazy in the good way:-)
I think you hit the right combination thickness of the layer in the ply

thank´s for sharing


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#12 posted 01-21-2011 08:21 AM

Nice looking box, you took the art box to another level. Well done

-- Vince

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#13 posted 01-21-2011 08:34 AM

Excellent results on your box. The color contrast really makes it stand out alot. It is an interesting way you laminated your own ply. I made a box out of baltic birch ply and did some sculpting on it several months back. I expected a much better look than the end results I ended up with and the box ended up in the trash.

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#14 posted 01-21-2011 09:04 AM

This is so original! Looks just super! It’s so funky.


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#15 posted 01-21-2011 09:15 AM

love seeing someone experimenting with new ideas, I think there is more mileage in this one, something in the reverse would be interesting to play with.
Very nice job here

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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