An Andrew Crawford Box

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Project by CJay posted 08-07-2011 05:59 PM 3845 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These things are really hard! they’re far too fiddly, and i’m never making another one.

....although a friend did ask if one could be made that’s about 3 feet long, that could be fun.

Techinical stuff.

The hinges are brusso stop hinges (i had to re sink the holes in them as i have no luck with brass screws and had to replace them with stronger ones)

The veneers are walnut and maple

And there are little 3mm dia magnets in the front to act as a catch.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 06:27 PM


If this is your first try at one of these, you get a lot of kudos from me!! No, they’re not easy, but then, where’s the challenge if it were easy? Also a nice variation on the Crawford theme. I truly hope you don’t stop with just one. You obviously have the skill to make some fine boxes. Hope to see more from you.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 06:57 PM

I second Roger’s response for sure, this is a fine looking box, perfect and mistake free fine woodworking projects are very difficult to pull off, You have captured many of the key elements with this very nice box. The shape is superb, and the overall look is eye catching and artistic, I too will be looking forward to seeing more of Your work, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 07:50 PM

Really looks great, love how the details are on all sides

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

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#4 posted 08-07-2011 08:52 PM

Superb effort. Ditto what Roger said.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 09:00 PM

Great job. With the results you achieved I wouldn’t be surprised to see you naking another one.

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Tim Kindrick

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#6 posted 08-07-2011 10:02 PM

Looks like it was worth the effort!!! Nice job!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 10:04 PM

Just when you think you’re done with them… they’ll pull you back in…
You Done Good Clay!!

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

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#8 posted 08-07-2011 10:13 PM

I remember saying “I’m not doing that crap again”..... Then I find myself back out in the shop doing it again. Nine times out of ten I am glad I jumped back on the horse that kicked my butt…..

Long story short I really like this work…. I for one hope this isn’t your last…. Hope to see more in the future….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 08-07-2011 10:43 PM

I really like the gentle double curve on the lid blending into the reverse curve on the bax! That makes your box unique and the inlaid stripe along all the edges makes it outstanding! Don’t give up, though. Easy ones, anybody and everybody can make. Hard one by only a few! Also, the harder it is, the more the reward of accomplishment! I ought to know; my Yin Yang cane was carved out of one piece of oak. It called for extreme care carving through the tough grains without an ooops!
Yah, I gave up on these brass screws after four out of 6 broke even after pre-drilling the holes! In fact I now stay away from brass butt hinges that call for brass screws all together. Using magnets is brilliant! I’ll have to try that too.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 08-07-2011 11:33 PM

Lovely box, Clay – I’m flattered! The contrast of the walnut and maple works very well. I look forward to seeing more work – loved the livingArk!

Andrew C.

-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK.

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#11 posted 08-08-2011 12:23 AM

Pretty nice first try.

Don’t give up.

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

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#12 posted 08-08-2011 06:33 AM

Great looking box very well done. No you can’t do just one, don’t ask me how I know that. My first one went straight to the fireplace, so your doing very well. With each one you will build confidence and skill. I’m waiting for your next one.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 08-08-2011 02:52 PM

Rodger: It is my first one, and for all my promises i’m sure it won’t be the last.

Andrew: Thank you. Coming from you that comment has made my day.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#14 posted 08-08-2011 06:40 PM

On small screws:

First, make sure you’ve drilled the right pilot hole.

Second, I buy a small box of stainless steel screws of the same type from mcfeelys or elsewhere, I drive the stainless once, almost but not quite all the way in, then back them out and use the brass. I haven’t stripped a brass screw since I started that. =)

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#15 posted 08-08-2011 06:45 PM

I second what Jon said… Works for me…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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