"Boa" a sculpted cocobolo box

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Project by Andy posted 10-05-2012 09:02 PM 9893 views 71 times favorited 72 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Another wing box based on a design by Dave Freedman.
This is my Art Deco version.

A new feature to this style of box is what I call the Floating Base.

The top is one piece of cocobolo rosewood cut in a serpentine fashion and each edge is faced with thin bloodwood. It reminds me of the pattern seen on a boa constrictor.
The body is leopardwood.
The corner pins are wenge.
The button and handles are black palm.
The feet are leopardwood with walnut slats dyed with india ink.
The hinges are 1/8” brass rod.
Finish is lacquer.

I made my own corner pins/dowels ( as shown in photo #4 ) by cutting wenge into a stick of square stock about 3/16” and chucking it in my drill and spinning it through a steel plate I made from a hinge. The hinge has a 1/8” hole and I cut a notch in one edge with a small triangle file to act as the cutter. I tested it with maple because its more durable and it worked slick.

I made the button by cutting a disc with a small hole saw and glueing it to a dowel with CA.
I then turned it against a drum sander. I made a rest with some scraps in a few minutes and just shaped the button by eye. I angled the button into the sandpaper by pivoting the dowel in the slot.

Tell me what you think.

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

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 09:10 PM

i’d say you created another masterpiece andy

every detail is superb

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 09:19 PM

My oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my …

I could go along forever.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 09:20 PM

Andy, this is incredible. I love everything about it. As always it’s going to be hard not to let your design seep into mine. That’s a great trick on the dowels. It will come in handy.

As always, your designs are inspiring.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 09:23 PM

Wow, wow, wow! Simply amazing !!!

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 09:41 PM

Truly outstanding—beautiful design and craftsmanship.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 10-05-2012 09:50 PM

You’re my hero…awesome job, I love it.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 09:55 PM

Andy, this is a fantastic box that really showcases your skills. The cocobolo stands out nicely, and the split handle is quite unique. Your dowel drilling apparatus is also great.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 10:25 PM

Excellent box Andy…! That is some really nice design/creativity and workmanship. The wood combinations you used really work well together.

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 10:36 PM

Thank you everyone, very kind of you all. Glad you like it, a challenge it was.

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

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 10:41 PM

Andy your work really set the pace on creativity and inspiration. Boa show the craftsmanship that many of us on L.J. has known for quite sometime, its always a pleasure to see your works….BC

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#12 posted 10-05-2012 10:47 PM

Beautiful box, Andy!

Is pic.#1 the same box as the rest? The Top / Front looks A LOT different than what I see in the other pictures…



-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 10-05-2012 10:49 PM

Its the same Joe, must be a monitor setting, it looks good to me anyway.
Thanks for looking.

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

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#14 posted 10-05-2012 10:51 PM

I think its a “million” dollar box. Just a fantastic job of craftsmanship, design and woods used.

Simply beautiful.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#15 posted 10-05-2012 11:01 PM

Shape, texture, grain and most importantly Craftsmanship. All Grade A. Always a pleasure to see what wonder will come out of Drain next. Thanks for sharing another museum quality piece!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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