1st attempt at an "ANDY ART BOX"

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Project by John Cleary posted 06-24-2011 01:32 PM 3326 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all.
This is my first attempt at one of ANDYS ART BOXES.
I started with the idea of doing it in cheap wood (white deal), getting fimiliar with the process and learning from my mistakes, of which there was many.

My biggest mistake was not sealing the wood before staining as the box was very patchy, so i kept darkening the wood with extra stain in the hope it would even out.
I used an orbital sander with P60 sanding sheet to get the shape into the wood and finished with a 120 sanding sheet done by hand ( of which i should have done more of).
I ended up putting 3 coats of red mahogony stain and 4 coats of satin varnish.
Will post photo’s of the finished box later.

I am now looking forwarding to making 2 more for my wedding in September as presents to my Mam and Mother in law.
Sorry for the poor quality of the photo’s.

I’d like to thank Andy for his easy to understand tutorial and for taking the time to share his expert craftsmanship with all on the site, i for one am very grateful to him for doing so.

-- crumbs make bread--

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 02:13 PM

nice …im in process of my second one ….great job

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 02:21 PM

Very nice! I have not tried one yet, but it is on my things to do list.

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 02:34 PM

Nice work on a very crafty box, can’t wait to see some future boxes…BC

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 02:38 PM

great lookin box, I think it came real good!

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

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 03:19 PM

This is very good, the shaping really brings out the grain patterns.
I will keep an eye open for the finished version.

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

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 03:43 PM

You have the basic ideal and your box looks good. One thing I have learned is draw some lines out first and let the grinder follow them. I use a sanding disk on my grinder and tend to burn the tip of the sanding disk. When this happens, I sand the disk down on my 12” disk sander to get “fresh” sandpaper. Just a FYI. Also this box making can be addictive.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#7 posted 06-24-2011 04:21 PM

For a first box it really came out very nice. A grinder is the fastest way to shape the boxes but as gbrown said… they burn the wood…cause they spin too fast. I first used a grinder with a speed control box it plugged into (I think it was initially designed for a router) and it helped alot. I now have a festool with a built in speed control and dust collection that really helps.
I look forward to seeing the next boxes also.

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 04:29 PM

This is one thing I never do which I commened you on, that is making a pratice box out of less expensive wood first. I seem to jump right in which could be costly! Great job and with most soft woods its important with what you learned.

Blotch control or 1 lb Shellac before staining is important to prevent blotching. One thing I also found out that might help in the future. You might not be aware of, when you use water bsed dyes or stain its important to seal after you apply the stain first, if you plan on usig a water based varnish or finish. As the water in the varnish will pull and reactivate the stain causing straking. Trust me :>(

Look fwd to more!

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

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#9 posted 06-24-2011 07:43 PM

Hello Johnnie

Very nice first piece

In the future I will do one like this

What size ?
And how many time to do this box ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#10 posted 06-24-2011 09:14 PM

Looks pretty good. I just use a super cheap Harbor Freight angle grinder for mine:
With a 40-grit flap sanding disc like this:
The 40 grit disc is coarse enough that there isn’t enough friction to cause burns quickly. I tried an 80 grit disc, and it was burning like mad. So I use the 40 on the grinder for roughing things out, then walk through all the other grits on the orbital sander up to 220.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 06-25-2011 12:28 AM

thanks for the kind words.

Gary. . once again thanks for your guidence with the great tutorial, without i would have never attemped such a peice.
Diggerjacks..outside measurement is 11.5in x 7.25in all told it took about 20hrs, much of which was sanding
and the finish.

Some advice needed, i dont have a tablesaw, only a mitresaw and router so i didn’t attempt to do splines as i didn’t want to make a hash of the box.I did think of screwing my skilsaw to a board with the blade coming through and maybe getting it done that way, but it seems too harsh.
Was hoping for some ideas on possible jigs to help for a router set-up perhaps?

-- crumbs make bread--

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#12 posted 06-25-2011 04:02 AM

Nice box, great color. Congrats on the wedding, sorry to hear about your lost time at wood working in the shop

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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