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Project by blockhead posted 03-04-2011 02:30 AM 4471 views 22 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my third attempt at an Andy style Art Box. I wanted to try out something more symmetrical and this is what came of it. I really wanted a different looking handle and then decided to shape the box around it. The handle reminds me a bit of an old 40’s looking hood ornament with a little deco flavor and there is a slight taper in the box sides from top to bottom.

The main box is Padauk with the grain wrapping around. The splines are Birch, Pine and Wenge. The top is Zebrawood, Padauk, Black Walnut, Birch and the handle and dividers are Birdseye Maple. The interior lining is black, worn faux leather. I sanded to 600 grit, then burnished with 0000 steel wool and buffed with cheese cloth. The finish is two coats of antique oil.

I want to thank Andy again for taking the time to post his tutorial. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. As always, thanks for looking and any comments/ critiques are welcome.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 02:36 AM

This is cool. One of the neatest things I’ve ever seen done with wood. Great job.

-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 02:38 AM

What a great job, love it.

You guys keep doing so much better at this than me. Guess I need to practise more.

I would love to see a blog on your finishing technique. You can never have to many options.

Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 02:39 AM

very nice
i thought you had
a box covered with a towel
but the grain kept saying no

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 02:44 AM

This is really cool detailed work. Love it!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 02:44 AM

That’s a beauty!
You really used beautiful wood in perfect harmony with the interesting, to explore, design with great details. That’s what it’s all about, great job…...........................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 02:50 AM

very awesome Brad. the wood combo goes very well together. very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 03:31 AM

I like the joinery. The handle reminds me of an eagle beak. Great job

-- If you build it, they will come

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 03:51 AM

That box is a real beauty!
The pattern & grains in it are awesome.
And your craftsmanship is top notch.

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 04:22 AM

Great Work Brad!!! Excellent Box!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 04:23 AM

Nice looking box, Brad.

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#11 posted 03-04-2011 04:30 AM

Thank you all for the kind words LJ’s!
@Greg- Wow, that is quite the compliment, thanks!

@CW- That’s funny you should say that, I think the same thing when I see other versions of the art boxes.
As far as the finish goes, I just work up through the grits after grinding, 80, 120, 150, 220, 320, 400 and then 600. I blow the box off with compressed air between each grit which makes it easier to see spots I may have missed. After the 600, I rub it aggressively with Liberon 0000 steel wool. After that, another good rubbing with cheesecloth which gives it a natural polished look. I then use Minwax Antique oil applied liberally and rubbed in well over a small area because it becomes tacky rather quickly. The directions say to let it sit for about 5 minutes before wiping it off. My experiences are that, that is waaay too long. I usually let it sit for no more than a minute tops.
After the first application, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours, longer is better with more oily woods. Then, I rub it again with the cheesecloth once it has completely dried to get the sheen I want. I then apply another coat, let it dry and repeat with the cheesecloth.

Thank you all again for the generous comments, they are much appreciated!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#12 posted 03-04-2011 04:49 AM

Andy has presented such a unique design on box making and you my friend have made a well done interpretation. All your work has the flair and uniqueness of Andy work with a nice added personal touch, well done and as always thanks for posting…BC

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Vern Little

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#13 posted 03-04-2011 05:01 AM

Excellent job. You nailed the handle.

-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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#14 posted 03-04-2011 08:37 AM

Your boxes are continuously advancing in all attributes !! from design to fit and even finish, always worth the look ! Keep’em comi’n and beautiful work !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#15 posted 03-04-2011 11:40 AM

I would say Andy would be Proud! What a great box!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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