Tribute to Andy - Jewelry Box

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Project by gashley posted 43 days ago 1095 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my versions of “Andy’s Art Boxes”. All credit to him for the design and ideas. My contribution was sweat and lumber.

I’ve probably made a dozen or so of these for friends and family (I’ll do them in batches of 3 for ease). This particular one is one of my favorites because of the wood combination. The box is made from California Claro Walnut (scraps left over from my office suite project you can see on here), with a piece of Quilted Western Big Leaf Maple as the center medallion.

I think I carve this a little more aggressively than many I’ve seen do this – I like a more “waveform” appearance to the shaping of the box. I actually start these with a right angle grinder with a metal burr head disk on it before I switch to a right angle Porter Cable Sander for the aggressive shaping.

I’ve done different types of interiors for almost all of them. This one has a center “landscape” box that has a pivoting top on it to reveal a small open cylinder for ring storage, then just 4 small dividers to separate out the compartment. The box and dividers lift out and can be rearranged. The little box is one I’ve done many times as a kids project. I once had a dozen cub scouts in my shop and we did a batch of these for all the moms. I was very popular with the moms after that!

Again, many thanks to Andy for his inspiration and kindness in sharing techniques. It’s how we all learn and grow in this hobby.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 43 days ago

Very nice work. Turned out beautiful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 43 days ago

I think it looks great. And yes, it does look more aggressively sculpted. Nothing wrong with a little more texture.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#3 posted 43 days ago

It looks like the ocean. Both in form and the grain of the wood. Very beautiful!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#4 posted 43 days ago

Absolutely outstanding! You definitely have mastered all aspects of the “Andy Box”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 43 days ago

Wow. You did that wood proud.

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#6 posted 43 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 43 days ago

Beautifully done art box Gary. This style of box has got to be the most copied idea ever shown on LJ or probably anywhere else for that matter. Something Andy can be rightly very proud of. This variation is one of the nicest I’ve seen and it does credit to Andy’s concept. Also the woods used are just fantastic.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 43 days ago

Wow very nice box….beautiful woods and excellent sculpting on the box…awesome job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#9 posted 42 days ago

Outstanding. I can feel how silky smooth it is just by looking at it.
Very well done!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 42 days ago

Nice box- Great wood combo.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 42 days ago

wow! it’s gorgeous..great carving/sanding/finishing..soooo smooth

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#12 posted 42 days ago

that is a beauty nicely done!!!

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#13 posted 42 days ago

You did a great job on this box. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 42 days ago

Great job you have done Andy good

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 42 days ago

Sweet!! A great looking box!

-- Dennis Zongker

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